by Matt Kelly
Icelandic student learns Latin
By Matt Kelly
a ways to travel just to learn a language.
Thorarinsson, 23, of Reykjavik, Iceland, came to U.Va.'s summer
language program to learn Latin, which he thought would fit in
well with his philosophy/Greek major at the University of Iceland.
school doesnt offer Latin, he said. My only
option was to go somewhere else and this program looked good.
the first foreign student to come to the language institute, had
been to America for a vacation trip when he was 13, but that had
been his only experience in the country.
knew about America from the movies and such, he said. Its
a distorted view, but its not that foreign.
did some traveling in the area during his course, with stops at
Monticello and Barboursville, and he was impressed with what he
really like Charlottesville, he said. You have remarkable
architecture here and the campus is beautiful. I will not forget
it, especially the Rotunda.