Friday, August 04, 2006
The Esja is a small mountain range just across the bay from Reykjavík. The people of Reykjavík, especially those who are born and bred here, love the Esja with a passion. If you say anything less than complimentary about it, they get annoyed, even angry. I happen to have grown up near a much shapelier mountain (everyone loves their mountain best, I guess) the beauty of which was acknowleged but never talked of (we just knew it was beautiful, no need to discuss it), so I find this gushing admiration rather strange. I attribute it to the same kind of inferiority feeling that prompts many Icelanders to ask foreigners who are barely out of the airport how they like Iceland. Esjan is a nice, pretty mountain, but no more than that. It is shown here with one of our Coast Guard ships in the foreground.