Tag Archives: Summer

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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ALL-INCLUSIVE

When I was a little girl we took a lot of family vacations. My parents were both teachers and they love to travel, so we took full advantage of our summers. Mostly, a family vacation meant piling in the car … Continue reading

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Westman Islands / Vestmannaeyjar

  Today we played hookey – taking a mid-week escape from our computers, our work, kids’ summer camp, and everything else – to follow the sun to the Westman Islands off the southern shore of Iceland. Under nearly cloudless skies … Continue reading

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A SUMMER SUNDAY: PICNICS & WATERFALLS

Sunday morn we woke early to meet our friends at Litla Kaffistofan (the little coffee house) on the road out of town. After a few cups of coffee, we headed over the pass, and it started to rain something fierce. … Continue reading

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WRINKLE

Somewhere there is a wrinkle. A sheet flips in a breeze. A hand brushes through the air. And with that, it is as if nothing has skipped or moved. Nothing jumped or caught. As if, in a linear manner, life … Continue reading

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ICEBERGS! REINDEER & GLACIERS! OH MY! Adventures in South East Iceland

Tonight the sun sets at 9:24pm. Tomorrow we get seven more minutes of daylight. After our ridiculously long dark winter, a shift to stretched out bright days means that everything has changed. Not only have the low grey clouds lifted … Continue reading

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HOME LEAVE

From inside the lake house I hear small waves crash against the shore and the soft patter of a light rain. My sister-in-law’s donkey, Zack, is tucked into his stable and on the counter behind me sits an over-sized bucket … Continue reading

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MY MOSCOW FAVORITES

  MY MUST-SEE PLACES & THINGS TO DO –BANYA BEATDOWN: On a wintry day, what could be better than watching women of all sizes beat each other with birch leaves, sweat and pray in the steam room, or plunge in … 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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Suva, Ulaan Baatar, and Me: Life With a BID LIST

The Moscow humidity was thick that evening. I was trying to get the kids to finish their frittata—or at least take a few more bites of dinner so we could head upstairs and start the bedtime routine. M hadn’t eaten a thing. B was dancing around in her underwear. No one was sitting at the table, despite my pleas. As for me, I too was restless. Temperatures were well into the 90s even though it was after seven pm. Sweating, I wondered why everyday life felt like so much work, so complicated. Continue reading

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