Whatever the reason, the municipalities in the Greater Reykjavík area have announced they will launch a joint marketing campaign to inform tourists of the opportunities of their many public pools.We, at the Reykjavik Grapevine applaud this campaign.I recently assisted in a health class, where we showed the film Babies to 11-year-old girls as a segue into the puberty unit.Babies is a documentary style film that chronicles the birth and first year of 4 babies born in very different cultures around the world.
I sent a photo of it to a couple of my best girlfriends on Snapchat, a photograph which was not sexual in any way.
A while later a great number of people started contacting Ingvarsdóttir telling her that they'd seen the photo.
The harassment started to occur on a daily basis and she received numerous anynomous messages which included the photograph.
I explained that while we would be in swimsuits in the hot springs, we would be expected to shower nude before swimming to ensure cleanliness. And, I added incessantly, we would be showering with strangers. ” Oh, did I forget to explain to my kids that this would be a large locker room shower situation? You will be with me and your sister only, I promise.” The kid smiled in serious relief.
One night about three weeks before our trip, my eight-year-old daughter was getting ready to shower when she turned to me anxiously. Apparently for the last six months, my little girl had been losing sleep over sharing one shower stall with random naked strangers. We watched videos on You Tube of Icelandic people singing a tune to remind tourists which body parts must be washed before swimming: I couldn’t help but think that this catchy tune was a pretty good mantra in general. And yet, for all of my lectures to my children, I wasn’t sure how comfortable I was with it.