In 2012, I took a trip to Iceland.
There, I learned a few awesome facts:
- Iceland has the oldest parliamentary institution in the world. It goes back to 930 AD and still exists today.
- The first meeting was at Þingvellir and it’s a place where the North American and Europe/Asia tectonic plates meet.
- The gathering was called the Alþingi which literally means general assembly. It’s still called that.
- The “þ” in Þingvellir and Alþingi is actually a “th” sound so Alþingi sounds like Allthingy.
I was immediately drawn to several things:
- I like that long ago, people had gathered together to accomplish something.
- I like that that they still do so today.
- I like that “bridging the gap” was literal as well as metaphorical.
- And I like that Allthingy is so fun to say.