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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 26 February, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 26 February, 2006, 12:00am

Name: Daniel Tryggvi Thors


Age: 17


Country/City: Iceland, Reykjavik


Name of school: Menntaskolinn i Reykjavik


Star sign: Aries


I live in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. I'm an optimistic person and try to be friendly and fair.


Most Icelanders are open, friendly and approachable. You need not be afraid when asking a stranger for directions in Iceland because everyone will treat you like a friend.


My favourite place in Iceland is Thorsmork. It's a huge national park where you can hike and see wonderful landscapes, such as waterfalls, valleys and forests.


Visiting the glaciers is an amazing experience. Imagine standing on a huge pile of snow, yet not feeling cold at all - if you do it in summer, that is.


I study maths, biology, chemistry, physics, geography, Danish, Icelandic, English, French, history and physical education. I spend about an hour on my school work every day, which is a lot less time than I should.


My idol is Thom Yorke from Radiohead. He's a great singer and songwriter. I recommend that everyone buy OK Computer, the band's most famous album, to understand what I'm talking about.


During my free time, my friends and I usually visit each others' homes. My leisure time is usually laid back and relaxed. During holidays, I prefer to stay at home, although I recently visited Taiwan.


Football is my favourite sport. I think it's a perfect sport because it involves speed, action, technique and strategy. Football is a sport suitable for just about everyone.


I live with my dad, stepmum, brother and stepbrother. My family life is very harmonious. I have no complaints. Everyone contributes to make our home a lovely place.


My mum lives in a house at the opposite end of Reykjavik, within a 25 minute drive from my place. Her house is equally nice.


There are two big festivals in my country. Liberation Day falls on June 17 and celebrates Iceland's freedom from Danish rule.


But the most popular festival is Cultural Night, which takes place in late August. About one-third of the 300,000 people in Reykjavik will wander along the streets to check out a variety of performances, such as plays, poetry, dance and concerts.


I'm currently an exchange student with AFS Intercultural Exchange. I miss the fresh fish from my country. It's a staple part of the diet in Iceland. The fish in Hong Kong doesn't taste as good.


Hongkongers wear more clothing than Icelanders. This makes me laugh. But somehow I find that 15 degree Celsius weather in Hong Kong is equal to 5 degrees in Iceland. It's the coldest 15 degrees I've ever felt in my life!


If you want to make friends with teens from other countries, send an e-mail to yp.epal@scmp.com. Sunday Young Post will forward all e-mails to Daniel.

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