Photo Friday: Djúpalónssandur and Dritvik, Snæfellsnes

It seems like the middle of no where – we passed maybe one car the entire drive there.  Iceland is a place with so much nothing, so much quiet, but to sit and absorb that quiet, the wind in your hair and the tides crashing against long, black beaches formed from the eruptions of eons passed.  Above it all, a grassy cliff, high enough to be able to observe the ruggedness of the  cliff faces, the scattered remains of a long-ago shipwreck, and the foaming of the sea along the rocks.

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On Edmonton, Winter, and Home

One of the undeniable truths about living in a landlocked city situated at 53 degrees north is the inevitable winter that follows a summer that always feels too short.  The days grow shorter and the temperatures grow colder, sometimes to the extent that we become the second-coldest place on Earth that day.  Yes – we’ve been Antarctica’s runner-up.  And the snow – sometimes the shovelled piles grow so high they become driveway mountains.  Hoth in Star Wars?  North of The Wall in Game of Thrones? I’d say those landscapes look fairly familiar, like a normal January day.  Winter is coming, indeed.

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“All This Happened, More or Less” – Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blog

In May 2014, I began this blog after returning from a fateful trip to Iceland, in which it seemed to be a necessity for writers in the modern world to maintain some kind of online writing presence.   This was a fact realized all-too-late when delegates of the Iceland Writers Retreat wrote down our contact information for a collated list, and I had nothing to put under “website.”  I kicked myself again for not starting a blog earlier when my very first blog post (about Iceland and depaysement) went viral, and I had no other content for my sudden flood of visitors to peruse.

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Iceland Airwaves 2014 – Day 5, November 9th

The final day.  I’d bought my tickets for The War on Drugs/Flaming Lips closing show a few weeks before arriving in Iceland because of two reasons: 1) I am paranoid, and 2) I did not want to wake up early like my fellow Airwaves compatriots on the Friday morning to stand in line at Harpa for four hours to show my wristband in exchange for 1 of 2200 tickets.  The $80 was worth the extra three hours of stress-less sleep.

I was over-tired, hungover, and it was my last full day in Iceland so I shouldn’t be spending it nursing said hangover, right?  Fortunately, Iceland is one of those places that just lets me be.  I was quite happy to spend most of the day leading up to the closing show doing nothing but walk up and down Laugavegur once, and stopping into Eymundsson for a coffee and quick show.  The evening’s performance, as it would turn out, would be well-worth a day of nothing. Continue reading Iceland Airwaves 2014 – Day 5, November 9th

Iceland Airwaves 2014 – Day 4, November 8th

Today was THE day.  The day so crazy that a few months back, when I saw the announcement that the Iceland Airwaves schedule had been announced and looked at the Saturday, I screamed at my computer in frustration.  When it comes to music, sacrifice has always been a difficult concept, and having never been to a music festival of this scale before, I had naive beliefs that I wouldn’t have to make any tough choices.

My schedule could have gone a million different ways.  And almost a week later, I still look back and think of how I might have done things differently, even though the way I did do things was, nonetheless, an amazingly perfect evening.

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Iceland Airwaves 2014 – Day 3, November 7th

The weekend was here, and somehow the nights were going to get later (Young Grandma over here already thinks nights that end at 1:00AM are far too late).  Airwaves was halfway over, but the shows I was most excited for were nearly here.   I was meeting all kinds of people, and living in a permanent state of excitement and anticipation about what great show I was going to see or discover next.   This day was a little more planned out than Day 2, as I had a couple specific bands I needed to see, but there was still room for flexibility and checking out some bands I’d never heard of before.

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Iceland Airwaves 2014 – Day 2, November 6th

My second day of Airwaves was the day I had least planned out. On my airplane ride over, I had little else to do but use the super handy Airwaves app to figure out which off-venue shows to see (best festival app I have ever seen, by the way), and how I could see as many bands as possible, especially those with schedule conflicts.  But for my festival Thursday, the only real must-see for me was For A Minor Reflection at Harpa Norduljós, which was happening fairly early in the night at 9 PM.  I wanted to leave at least one day open for musical discovery, and not just see bands I’d heard of but only mildly liked, so this was the day to do that.

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Iceland Airwaves 2014 – Day 1, November 5th

With no idea what to expect or how I should plan out my schedule, I survived my first day of Iceland Airwaves. And holy shit – my first day set some amazingly high expectations of what to expect over the next four days.

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