Iceland is on the Honor System

18 03 2013

Sometimes it really does seem like Iceland’s living in a bygone era, an era when the honor system still rules and trust is commonplace.

If you buy a coffee in the common kitchen, then put your 200kr in the piggy bank!

If you buy a coffee in the common kitchen, then put your 200kr in the piggy bank (please – but there is no word for please in Icelandic)!

Admissions are not optional (as in the MET), but sometimes it seems difficult to find where to pay them. There is no one barring your entrance without the proper ticket. When you get on the bus (the strætó) in Reykjavik, you just put your coins in the box and it is never counted – try getting on an American if you accidentally miscount coins! Camping sites are to be paid for the night after your stay, and no, there wasn’t a box with a slot in it to put your money in, but instead there are often hand-drawn maps to the camp site owner’s house where you were to pay them for your night’s stay. Gas is pumped, then you go pay inside. Oh, and there are unlocked bikes all over. Could you imagine how disastrous this would/could be in the states?!

 

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