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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík » Kopavogur September 12th 2013

Can you be a guide with some Indian ladies? They are coming to Iceland in March, six ladies all from the same family. Ah, I haven’t had many Indians on tours so I welcome such an opportunity, nice to get to know people from all around the world, hear how they live their lives, their culture. Worst is they arrived around midnight. I can’t say I enjoy picking people up at midnight. Well, let us make the most of it and since the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) will most likely be in the sky that evening then I will stop on the way to Reykjavik to show them this phenomena. And they were! A great show in the sky. I think my Indian ladies were tired after a long flight, they did not show much interest ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík » Kopavogur September 28th 2012

· Like any metropolitan city Reykjavik has its share of graffiti. Some of the graffiti definitely makes an economic statement and warns of greed. Profound considering the economic crash that occurred in Iceland in 2008, making Iceland one of the hardest hit countries in the world. · On one of the main streets there is a DJ that plays music throughout the day, allot of dance music, rap, etc. There is a lot of political statements stated as well but the ones I witnessed were not related to Icelandic politics – more world politics. · There appears to be a worldly awareness and promotion of free speech here. I was also interested to find out that Iceland is one of the havens for journalists and one of its parliament members is closely tied to Wikileaks. Iceland ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík » Kopavogur September 26th 2012

Well you can find pretty much anything food wise in Iceland, whether it be Italian, Nepalese, etc. Personally when I’m travelling I like to have as much of an ‘authentic’ experience as I can and that was one advantage of staying in a Apartment/Hotel where we can get local food from the grocery store and try it out. In Iceland you’ll find allot of organic food simply made. You’ll also find a lot of food based around seafood, lamb, open flat bread sandwiches. I tried fish stew when I was there and loved it! I also tried Haggis (not the biggest fan but it was edible, the texture I had a bit of difficulty with). Finally, I also tried Hákarl. So what is Hákarl? Picture this, shark meat buried in the ground for 3 months. Dug ... read more
Iceland Plate

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík » Kopavogur September 25th 2012

I like to get lost and find my way back again. I do this on purpose when I travel because I like to see what I stumble across. I like to see the streets that are no on the beaten track, I like to see where the locals go and soak it all in. I imagine what it would be like to live in that place and to call it home. What would I love about it and what would I not like. Usually I do not blend into most places and I am an obvious outsider, for many reasons I stand out but not here. That said, sometimes the idea of a place that you have in your head usually does not match reality. I expected more tall blondes like me. I saw some, but ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík » Kopavogur September 23rd 2012

We opted for an Apartment Hotel. As a family of four covering three generations we figured it would be a good call and I have to say we were on the mark. We have a section of the room separated off and the decoration has a Nordic Modern feel with a Kitchen. We are located on Laugavegurstreet which is the main shopping street in Reykjavik and we are within walking distance of many of the major city attractions and of course shopping. The street only has room for one car so it is one way and literally back to back cars driving at peak times. When we first arrived it was a Saturday and it looked like the street just threw up a bunch of Icelanders, foreigners and cars everywhere and they were all buzzing around ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík » Kopavogur September 23rd 2012

There are certain times in life where you find religion. I have always been fascinated by religion but personally am not religious and lean more on the spiritual side (mind you there was that bad stint in my teens where I was a bit of a zealous born again). Needless to say there are times you reach out and give thanks to the powers that be and this I my time now….Dear Lord - thank you for the gift of GPS. Icelandic is not an easy language, actually it’s one of the most difficult languages to learn. On top of that, Iceland is such an isolated country, with such few people, it is very difficult to even have a lot of exposure to it. I know my basics of the language, and obviously most signage in ... read more
Skoga Iceland
Sunset in Iceland

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík » Kopavogur September 21st 2012

Ever since I was a little girl I have associated myself as being Icelandic. Yes it is my heritage, but I was born and raised in Canada and I am also proud of being Canadian. For some reason though, I have always gravitated towards my heritage and identified with it more than I did with anything that was around me. Perhaps because it was so different and the other kids in school were decedents from people who emigrated from the UK, France, Germany or India. I loved the fact that I was unique in that way and I also preferred my Icelandic name to my Canadian name. My mother was going to give me the Icelandic name as my first name but her mind was changed because she was concerned that people would have difficulty to ... read more
Almost There
Airport Pic

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík » Kopavogur July 24th 2012

We are now sitting in Iceland waiting for the flight to Halifax. Our holiday to Scotland has had too many highlights to describe. Visiting family and friends, attending an amazing wedding and finally being true tourists. Its hard to believe we fitted so much into 15 days, we managed to explore a lot of Scotland within this time and even a small part of England. We would like to Thank all our friends and family who were able to meet up with us and treated us to meals, presents and sweeties, it was so great to see you all. We hope everyone enjoyed reading the blog, we had a lot of fun exploring the old buildings and writing about our adventures. Just wait for the next big trip!!! Shane and Karla... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík » Kopavogur July 16th 2012

I ain't doing cocaine and I am not living high in the clouds by Marijane. Nonetheless, I am an addict and no matter how many times you are telling me it's all in my head, I still feel powerless. Like a bird, all I dream of is to take off on a sunny day and push my wings until the place looks right and be ready to do it all again when it is time. But if really there is a path to fallow, you can try to catch me and cut my wings. Be aware I won't surrender easily and getting carry back into your gaol ain't an option. I know a game isn't one if your opponents have no chance to succeed. So, I am in Iceland at the moment and it's beautiful. Good ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík » Kopavogur January 25th 2012

To book my flights and hotels a week before departure, to get travel-books 24 hour before my flight, and to read them for the first time during my flight has become the hallmark of my travel. This was no different. Manan and I decided on this trip a week before. I had always wanted to visit Iceland in winter. We flew Iceland Air from JFK airport in NY. I started on time in the morning, but after an hour, I realized that I had forgotten my passport back home. So I had to turn back, and that put us about 2 hours behind schedule. In the end, we managed to reach aiport on time, only to be told that the filght was delayed by 2 hours because of weather in Reykjavik. Bummer .. I thought, because ... read more

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