Category Archives: Reykjavik

PERPETUAL DAYLIGHT

Spotted at midnight in and around Reykjavik this week (under the blaringly bright sky): *an 80-year-old woman out walking her dog *a couple climbing on the cliffs beside the fjord *a man in full biking gear—spandex body suit, neon vest, … Continue reading

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NORTHERN LIGHTS: DESIGN MARCH & RFF 2013

Saturday morning I grabbed my most-fashionable friend and headed for downtown Reykjavik. While sipping a latté in Mál og Menning, I flipped through the DesignMarch and Reykjavik Fashion Festival catalogs, tracing my finger over the outline of the map with … Continue reading

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GRAY

Today I’m suspended in gray. Ash mostly, a bit of slate, a sprinkling of charcoal. Other days there’s mercury and fog or if I’m lucky silver and gunmetal. Rarely do I glimpse other hues. Cursing under my breath, frustrated with … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice in Iceland

We live in the darkness, sharing our blackened world with troll-like creatures that sneak into our homes. At night, these trolls lick our pots, steal our sausages, slurp our Skyr and leave small gifts for the children. In the waking … Continue reading

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MY DAILY FIX: COFFEE & CAFES IN REYKJAVIK

In high school we used to sneak off campus and drive over to Rae’s, a 1950s-style diner, to drink tall iced coffees and smoke cigarettes. Some nights, we’d head east and saunter into Canter’s Deli. In bright red lipstick, vintage … Continue reading

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I CAN’T HELP BUT THINK YOU BEAUTIFUL

  Oh, Iceland—you are stunning of late. With your crisp air, pink skies, frozen lakes, and that marvelous light dusting of snow on the mountain, I can’t help but think you beautiful. So much so, that I can almost forgive … Continue reading

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ICELAND AIRWAVES: Soul, Funk, Folk, & Gale Force Winds

Waves crashed over the seawall littering the roads with seaweed and stones, rooftops blew off homes forcing the main street to close, and hundreds of bands arrived into Reykjavik ready to rock it.  Despite gale force winds blowing straight from … Continue reading

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REYKJAVIK BY DESIGN

In Reykjavik, hidden behind brightly painted doorways and tucked behind tall tin homes, a carefully curated world thrives. This is a city where design takes precedence, where everyday life is alive with decorative details. On Wednesday, I turned off of … Continue reading

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A PUSSY RIOT: Gay Pride in Iceland

I’ve tried to keep this blog clean—this is not the place for me to talk about politics or show photos of my children. My husband works for the US government and we’ve been posted to countries where they scrutinize every … Continue reading

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Reykjavik Top 5

The Foreign Service is full of bloggers, both spouses like me and employees of the Department of State, that chronicle our crazy, nomadic life. The FS bloggers do a regular round-up of posts and, while I’ve participated, I almost never … Continue reading

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