Iceland

Advice regarding eggs

At many of the guesthouses in Iceland one has the option of a kitchen, so Rob and I brought groceries with us for what is called a “self-catering” holiday. We’ve just discovered that in rooms without kitchen access we can make a boiled egg in the electric tea-kettle, which every room has. Advice regarding eggs …

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Dinner and the hotspring

We decided to go the hotspring after dinner. Dinner was delightful. The only other guests were a british couple. The gentleman schedules tours of Iceland and this is one of the facilities he regularly books for his clients. That he also comes here for vacations should tell you something about the quality of the accommodations. For …

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Music Festival

The music festival in Isjafjörður was a nice example of the word eclectic. Apparently the way the festival works is that anyone who wants to participate gets 15 minutes on stage. It’s nice that they can dole fame out like that, don’t you think? Anyway, the first group up featured an electric guitar, trumpet, electric …

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Iceland Ho!

Rob, Audrey and I are starting out on our trip around Iceland today. I may have internet access in some of the places we go, but more than likely you’ll be without me for the week. I am taking the computer, because I hope to get some solid writing done, so if I can, I’ll …

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3 reasons Icelandic is hard

1. Icelandic has 24 different forms of the definite article whereas English uses only “the.” 2. All the words sound alike. 3. I can’t make those sounds. Seriously. I was out for a walk with Audrey today and my upstairs neighbor stopped me and asked me something. I asked him to repeat it, and then …

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Audrey

Now I know what you’re thinking: How did I find a production of Little Shop of Horrors so quickly here. But, in fact, this Audrey is one of the cast member’s dog, and will be staying with us during Easter break. She’s quiet and well-behaved and about the size of our cat Marlowe back home. …

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Vacation!

Today was the last day of work until April 24. We all got chocolate Easter eggs and everyone was already half-way out the building, even though we were still working. After work, everyone went to Café Sólon for drinks. The production had rented the second floor, although apparently neglected to rent any lighting. It was …

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Icelandic lessons

We’ve joined Sarah, Julie and Emily to work with an Icelandic tutor once a week. It’s odd because I’ve been feeling like I’ll never learn this language, but at the class I was definitely ahead of the others. It doesn’t feel like it when I’m out trying to use Icelandic “in the wild.” Genta, our …

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Importing old posts

I just imported all the old journal entries from my blogger account to this website. All of the pictures were lost, because of that lightning strike last year, but at least you can still read about my adventures last time I was in Iceland.

Cost of submissions

We had today off because they were shooting actors…you know, I could really do a top-ten list every week. Anyway, I took the time to get some writing done and to send out some actual mail submissions. Until today, I’ve managed to avoid submitting stories except to markets that allow e-submissions. Yikes! It’s expensive to …

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Day of rest

We slept in. It was lovely. Then, Rob made waffles. Lovely. We walked downtown; the sun was shining but it was still cold enough to bundle up. Our goal–well, Rob’s goal really, I was just along for company–was to find a thrift store. There are three that Rob knew of, but we only found one …

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US Army leaves

The Reykjavík Grapevine Online – Daily News from Reykjavík, Iceland reports: The United States military base in Keflavík is going to be scaled back significantly in the near future, with all aircraft having left permanently by September. The majority of personnel stationed there will leave, relatively new radar installations will close and a number of …

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National Theatre

Rob and I went to the National Theater to see Klaufar og kóngsdætur, Ævintýraheimur H.C. Andersens (Rude Lads and Royal Ladies,The Fairytale world of H.C. Andersen) which had some puppetry by my friend Bernd Ogrodnik. I was expecting the show to be forty-five minutes, which is how long most kid’s shows are in the states. …

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Story count

Now, this might seem trivial to some folks but I spent today writing and hanging out at home. Home being our apartment in Iceland. Rob was much more industrious than I, to the naked eye; he washed the windows and scrubbed down the bathroom. I did some laundry and made soup for dinner, but otherwise …

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