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Palestinian Refugees Teach Icelanders Arabic Dancing

The eight women from Palestine who arrived with their children in Akranes on Monday are excited about cultural exchange in their new home. One refugee had brought music and wanted to teach her supportive family Arabic dancing the very next day.

“I guess she will host dance courses here next winter,” Akranes resident Elínborg Gudmundsdóttir told Fréttabladid. She and her husband Kjartan Thorsteinsson are one of the couples who will help the Palestinians adapt to their new home and have been preparing for their arrival for the past few weeks.

Gudmundsdóttir said she had been very excited yesterday before she met her protégée Lina in the afternoon. “I was like half a person at work the entire day, waiting with butterflies in my stomach to meet Lina and her children. It was great to shake her hand.”

Lina has two sons, ten and six-years-old, and a three-year-old daughter. Despite a long journey they woke up at 8 am to take a walk and get to know their new home.

“They had walked down to Langisandur [beach] and were impressed. These women are obviously very active and strong and plan to make the best of their situation,” Gudmundsdóttir said.

The Icelanders are as excited about cultural exchange as the Palestinians. “We all have English/Arabic dictionaries and are going to study their language as hard as they are going to study Icelandic,” Gudmundsdóttir concluded.

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