Category Archives: snow

SCHIZOPHRENIC SPRING (REDUX): A Blizzard in Iceland

In the middle of a conference call Wednesday morning, I remarked aloud that a storm had blown in and the wind grown incredibly fierce. A few minutes later, the line went dead. The Internet stopped working. Even my cell phone … Continue reading

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SWIMMING IN THE SNOW

On Sunday, snow blew sideways across the garden. Wind raced in from the north, then from the east. Overnight, a thick layer of ice covered the ground, so by mid-day, when the blizzard hit, heavy patches of white quickly piled … 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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COFFEE & MY HAPPY LIGHT

Lots of coffee and time with the happy light needed today–it’s back to howling wind and blizzard-like conditions after yesterday’s beautiful sun.

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THE SMELL OF THE SEA & THE SNOW

First was the smell of the sea and the snow then a sighting of swans on my midday walk in the land of perpetual twilight.

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TROLLS, BONFIRES & PUTREFIED SKATE—Surviving the Holidays in Iceland

I spent December talking about trolls: the one with the big nose that sniffs doorways, the peeping tom troll, the one with an unusually long tongue that licks empty bowls, or the sly one that steals Skyr (yogurt). Staying in … Continue reading

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GOING DARK: WINTER SOLSTICE IN ICELAND

My days are dark. In Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital, we move from one black space to another. Snow falls, hail is intermittent, wind howls, clouds part and soar, sometimes there is rain, and always there is the absence of light. … Continue reading

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AUTUMN IN ICELAND

Snow dusts the top of the great mountain and the wind howls something fierce. Air whistles and screams through the chimney as the gusts blow sheets of rain. Waves of water move sideways in the grey world outside. Grateful to … Continue reading

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STALIN’S SNOW

Puffed white seedlings float through Moscow’s hot summer streets, alighting on park benches, gathering on corners, or flitting through crowds, before a gust forces them onward. Often, the millions of ever-present puffs hang, suspended in mid-air as if they are … Continue reading

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READING CHEKOV IN ANTALYA

“Both our children have scarlet fever,” I told my husband. As the sentence escaped, I too felt light-headed, as if a wind blew in beneath my feet and I were hovering a few inches above the Bukhara carpet in the … Continue reading

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