Author Archives: Marion

We Interrupt Scandinavia to Bring You– HawaiiCon!

2017 is the year I travel to islands that have active volcanoes. Last week I went to the big island in Hawaii for HawaiiCon. This year’s writer guest of honor was Nnedi Okorafor; basically that’s worth the price of admission … Continue reading

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Time for Some Product Evaluation

I bought two items new, solely to take to Finland and Iceland, and I’m taking a break from travelogue to discuss them. I bought this Osgoode Murphy purse at Silk Moon. It’s leather, with a long strap so it can … Continue reading

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Iceland; Fun Facts

Our Gray Line tour guide asked us to call him G, because his full name was difficult for tourists to pronounce. On our ride back to Reykjavik, he shared a few fun facts about this northern island nation. –Historically, Iceland … Continue reading

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The Continental Rift Ate My Glasses

“Three travelers set off that day for an eight-hour tour (an eight-hour tour).” –Gilligan’s Island theme song (with some changes). Iceland is full of natural wonders: active volcanoes, waterfalls, glaciers, steam vents, lava fields, hot springs and lagoons. The Golden … Continue reading

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Murals of Reykjavik

Reykjavik has murals. Some are city sponsored, some are commercial, meant to advertise a business, and some are volunteers, quite close to “tagging” or conventional graffiti. Each category has some outstanding items. At the Skuggi Hotel, where I stayed my … Continue reading

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Sandor and the Walled City

(By now you will have figured out that these posts are not in chronological order, but more stream-of-consciousness. Tallinn was a day trip I took before I left for Iceland.) Meet Sandor. Sandor is a native Estonian, born in Tartu … Continue reading

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Videy Island

The ferry ride from the Videy terminal to Videy island was the most surprising of the day trips. In one of our pre-trip planning conversations Linda said that the Videy ferry ride provided one of the best opportunities to see … Continue reading

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Culture Night: Our Skulagata Friend

Every year Reykjavik celebrates Culture Night on the Saturday closest to August 18. August 18 is the day that Icelanders commemorate the incorporation of Rejkjavik as a city in 1786. (There was a settlement in Reykjavik since 900, but this … Continue reading

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Hakarl

Warning: This describes a food that many will find disgusting. Kaestur Hakarl is a traditional Icelandic food, one that kept the Vikings alive for generations in the early centuries of settlement. It is made from Greenland shark, which is beheaded, … Continue reading

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How my Day Went

My Tuesday started with my making a clever phone call to Spouse, sure I’d catch him at lunch. I caught him at midnight instead because I still hadn’t quite got the time change down right. There is no excuse for … Continue reading

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