14.10.13

Tá Flati Stanley kom til Føroya


Í morgun lendi eitt bræv úr Oregon á mínum borði. Tað er lítli Will, sum gongur í skúla í Beaverton, ið skrivar. Í skúlanum hava tey lisið søguna um Flat Stanley, sum Jeff Brown skrivaði í 1964. Eina náttina dettur talvan oman yvir Stanley, ið verður flatur sum ein pannukøka. Í staðin fyri at blíva ein ræðusøga, eru øll fegin, serliga foreldrini, ið nú kunnu senda lílta flata høvuðspersónin í brævi um allan heim. So kann hann síggja fremmand støð og venda aftur til heimliga skúlan. Í dag kom hann til Havnar.


Dear Will, Thank you for Flat Stanley. My first picture is of him on my working desk this Monday morning. My Google coffecup is to the left.


Then I took my car and drove up the hill, overlooking Tórshavn, where I am living and working. It is misty this morning, a drizzle, and we saw some gees in the wet autumn grass right by the roadside. In the distance you can see the harbour, the sea and a bright light from the sun.


Driving down again towards Tórshavn, we saw a horse grassing above the houses. We wondered when it is just a pony and when it becomes a horse.


In the centre of Tórshavn there is a public library. On one floor there is a childrens library. In most schools there also are libraries.


Here Flat Stanley is in the fire engine at the fire house of Tórshavn. He is waveing from the smoke helmet of the fireman, who’s fingers you can see to the left.


Now Flat and I are outside the Cathedral of the Faroe Islands in central Tórshavn. It is built in 1788.


Karl Aage Hansen is a cook at the restaurant Koks. He is holding Flat Stanley above the bones of a fish. When you prepare for a meal, you will get chips made from of codskin, placed between the fishbones. The restaurant is famous in Europe and is described in the big book to the left. The menu is read from an iPad.


In my neighbourhood I met Heri Dam and asked him to hold Flat. In the back of his car is Hussy, his collie dog.


Here Flat Stanley is in a planted Faroese garden. There are no wild trees, just grass, in the Faroe Islands. All the trees and bushes you can see, are planted. It is windy in the hills and sheep would be eating the trees if they were in the hills. But there are none.


Old houses have grass on the roof for insulation. This house is from the mid 1600. Can you see Flat Stanley in this 360 years old house?


Now we are visiting a colleague of mine, working in the next office. His name is Pól and he is looking a the stars with the huge blue telescope. He has also written a book about Space. In our language it is called Rúmdin. In March 20th, 2015 there will be a total solar eclipse in the North Atlantic. On land it will only be visible from The Faroe Islands and Svalbard.


Here we are in my office. I am holding Flat Stanley up against the map of the Faroe Islands that I am working with. In a year from now there will be printed a new world atlas in our language. It will also contain this map of the Faroe Islands. Flat is pointing at Tórshavn.

Good luck with Flat Stanley’s travels and best regards from Birgir.