Friday, July 31, 2009

HI MUM!

It's okay, nothing's wrong, I've just been working and stuff, so I've missed your calls... I'll write properly later, promise! Love you lots!

- olga x


P.S. In hindsight, this looks more like an email than a blog post. Oh well.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Copenhagen holiday...

So we were in Copenhagen for a couple of days, awesome times ensued! The national museum was really interesting, we saw an Aurochs skeleton, among other things. Rad.




We went to Christiania, the free town in the south of Copenhagen city. I think in the olden days it used to be a hippie commune type thing - they somehow lived outside the laws of the city, seemingly so they could smoke lots of weed.

I can imagine it being a nice place in the olden days when it was a community of like minded people who just wanted to be free and happy. Now however, it's feels like a slum full of drug dealers. They've opened it up to tourists, and I think that's how they make their money... But there definitely wasn't a welcoming vibe when we were there - there was one street in particular that felt really leery and hostile. Nice.

Still, it was pretty educational. Jade explained it really well: even though I feel like I'm pretty alternative, I think mainstream society has a lot to offer. Anarchy is not for me.




The highlight of the trip was going to Helsingør* and visiting the castle where Hamlet was set. It was pretty interesting, although all the furnishings have been burnt and stolen at various times over the years, so the interior wasn't that authentic. The dungeons were exciting, though, and luckily we decided to do a guided tour. It was really dark and maze-like down there, so it was a relief to have a nice man showing you the way in and out.

I also learnt that the Danish monarchy didn't accept Queens as heads of state until the current one, Queen Margarethe the Second. They rushed the changes through when the heir to the throne was a distant cousin with erratic mental health. Good call, Denmark.


Also, I saw a statue of a sad lion in the train station, but he doesn't really look that sad from this angle. More thoughtful, I think.




The only issue I had with Copenhagen was how expensive it was. Golly gee whiz is it expensive. On the other hand, it just made me laugh all the more at Bill Bryson's description in Neither here nor there. You should read all his books, they are pretty nice to read.

*Wow, you have no idea how long I've waited to use that letter properly. What a great letter!
Ø
, it's right up there with Ŏ and Œ

Monday, July 6, 2009

Married!

Yep, I am. Exciting times.

But I don't have any photos from the wedding itself - I was too busy being the bride! I'm pretty sure there were a million cameras there, so there must be pictures somewhere, but they're sure not here.

Anyway, it was an awesome awesome weekend, so full of events! After the wedding bit we had coffee and cake, then went to Reykir, a holiday house near where Ross proposed to me!



This is the hot spring filled with wedding guests... I hope no one minds having half-naked photos of themselves on the internet! There are two pools, one super hot, and one just pretty warm. And a little way away, there's the North Atlantic Ocean - also a nice place for a swim!




Reykir is the perfect place to see the midnight sun - it's slightly north of Sauðárkrókur, so there aren't as many mountains in the way. And I love photos of people taking photos.


Sunday we woke up early and went on a boat to Drangey, an island in the fjord. This is the third time I've been there, but it was by far the hardest climb ever! It's 174 metres to the top of the island at the highest point, and it's pretty steep, so it wasn't ever easy. This time, however, a chunk of cliff had fallen on the steps down the bottom, so the beginning of the hike was a too-close-to-vertical scramble over giant rocks and gravel. UNPLEASANT.

The view from the top kinda makes it all worthwhile. While the others listened to all the stories about the island, we sprawled in the grass and enjoyed the sun.



So we've been having lovely lovely times... People are gradually leaving a couple at a time, and I think there'll be a mass exodus tomorrow!



Also, on an unrelated but hilarious note: I bought a rad jumper.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Icey Ice... Not really.

Whoa, so we are in Iceland, but it is not very icy at all - and I haven't been posting anything at all, sorry dudes! Actually, I'm fairly sure that most of my readership is either in town or making their way here at the moment, so I'm not stressed.
Anyway, here are some pictures and some stories of what's been going on, they may or may not correspond with each other.



This is Dad and Ross in Reykjavik. We stayed with Dad's friend Sigþór and his wife Oddný, they are really nice people and have lent Dad a car for the whole time he is here, so that is awesome! It is a bit of a weird box-shaped car, but that just makes it more awesome!







These are some whaling ships that we saw in the harbour at Reykjavik. Spot the difference: One of them is still in use, and one of them was sunk by Greenpeace. Apparently the owner raised it and fixed it out of pure stubbornness, but it does not hunt whales any more.

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Here in Sauðárkrókur, there was some sort of Pikelet Festival last weekend that I had never heard of before. Anyway, there was much festivity, all of the old town was decorated in blue balloons and stuff. There were lots of stalls selling cool stuff, I got a lopapeysa with a pony on it and two dresses. The dresses were pretty cute but weird, and I later found out that I had bought them from the theatre company - they were old costumes! Oh well, I will wear them once I leave town.



So we had a barbecue on Saturday evening (the word night does not apply; it stays bright all the time), this picture is Jóhanna and Mum and Sigga. They are all awesome, in addition to being awesomely busy planning my wedding. Yay for family!

Today is beautiful and sunny, Ross has driven his mum, Andy, Eva and Kristinn into Akureyri. I think Dom and Jesse went for a walk around town (I do not think that will take very long...), Dean is fishing, Anna is having a lie-down and Mum and Dad are installing a new shower. And I am writing on the internets!



Oh yeah, also at the aforementioned barbecue, we found a kitten! I think it belonged to the people next door, but they were out and the kitten was very little, so we cuddled him a bit. This is up there with my favourite photos of all time!

P.S. Have you noticed that I am trying to avoid apostrophes? This Icelandic keyboard setup only gives me the weird apostrophes, so I refuse to use them. Have not, will not. So there.