Month: October 2012

Keeping the Sabbath in Iceland

Keeping the Sabbath in Iceland

You didn’t really think this post would be about church did you? My Sunday was all about music. After spending Saturday evening in journalistic research and preparation, I took three melatonin, put in earplugs and went to bed at ten. And praise God, I slept until 9 am. I joined my new roommate, Amandine the…

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My First Golden Circle Tour

My First Golden Circle Tour

I left the pub after 11, a little before rúntur got started. I had wondered if Icelanders dress up for Halloween – either Reykjavik teens really top rave fashion, or the answer is “yes, on the closest weekend.” But I didn’t stay to find out more; I had a Golden Circle tour booked for 8 am…

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Toilet Training

Toilet Training

Broadly speaking, our assumptions are just generalizations of things we know to be true in specific instances. With every additional piece of knowledge, our assumptions become more reliable, and because actual experience sticks so much better than book learnin.’ Travel provides the double benefit of specific information in a format we will never forget. For…

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Macklemore, DIY Job Creator

Macklemore, DIY Job Creator

A lot of things have irritated me this election cycle, but few get under my skin as much as “jobs creation” as an election issue. It wasn’t until this week, when Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ completely DIY album hit number one on iTunes in America, Germany, and probably a couple other places, too, that I…

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Pick Me! Pick Me! (as official correspondent for A Taste of Iceland, naturally)

Pick Me! Pick Me! (as official correspondent for A Taste of Iceland, naturally)

I love Seattle, this small city that’s dark most of the year and supports far more than its fair share of amazing artists. The only thing I love as much as Seattle is leaving Seattle to visit new places. As the ticker to the left shows, I’ve finally pulled the trigger on an obsession with…

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