April 4, 2014
Florida State's Dagny Brynjarsdottir is a junior midfielder on the Seminole women's soccer team. Throughout the spring semester, Dagny will provide fans with an in depth look into the world of soccer both at Florida State and at the national level through her experiences with the Full Icelandic National Team. We hope you enjoy the `Dagny Diaries!'
Good morning everyone!
I left Tallahassee once again to go back home to represent my country. This time we are qualifying for the World Cup, which will be held in Canada next year. We have already played two games so far; we beat Serbia and lost against Switzerland both at the end of last year. This time, we will play against Israel on April 5th and Malta on the 10th. Both games will be away, so I will be travelling a lot the next two weeks. Iceland has never qualified for the World Cup before, but we have a really good chance this year so hopefully this will be our year. It would mean a lot for women's soccer in Iceland if we qualify and the whole country as well, because soccer is the most popular sport in Iceland.
I was super excited going home this time because I was surprising my boyfriend. He was expecting me on March 30th, but I arrived on the 28th. I went to his house on Friday night and he could not believe his eyes. He thought I could never do anything like this, especially being silent about it.
My boyfriend and his family live in a potato farm town, where there are many potato farms all close to each other. The day after I arrived in Iceland, there was a big dance in my boyfriend's town hosted by the farmers. The dance was held in the biggest house in the town, an indoor sport hall. It is a formal dance where everyone wears their best clothes. It starts with a dinner were there was meat, mostly horse or baby horse, a variety of salads, fish and many different types of cooked potatoes. While people are eating, some funny entertainment was happening on stage. When everyone finished up their dinner, I helped out with the dishes because my boyfriend's family was one of the hosts. Just before midnight, a popular band from Iceland started playing some Icelandic folk songs till 3 a.m. and the dance floor was crowded almost the whole time. After that, people started going back home. It was a very fun night and I was so happy I was able to enjoy it with my boyfriend, his family and some of my best friends. I was pretty sleepy the day after because I am not used to staying up past midnight, but it was all worth it.
I have not been able to make it to this dance for a few years because of national team camps and going to school at Florida State. The last time I went to this dance was four years ago (2010). At that time, I had national team practice the day after so I only stayed there till 10 p.m. It was also the same weekend when coach Mark (Krikorian) came to Iceland to see me train with the national team. I still remember that day when I was driving back home at 10 p.m. when everyone was still at the dance. My town is 15 minutes away. It was very dark outside and I can remember seeing a fire far away in the mountains. That night the volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupted and I think I was probably one of the first people to see it because it was not in the news until 90 minutes later. I thought it was a pretty cool experience and it did not make me as bitter leaving the dance so early.
Now since I am in Iceland, I have been training on my own and with my club team coach. I will be leaving for Israel on April 2nd so I am trying to enjoy my last days at home with my family and friends. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, I will keep you updated from Israel next week!
Here are some of the photos from my night at the potato farm dance: