Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Apparently there is a package waiting for me at customs in Reykjavik! In Iceland, you need to pay duty on anything you buy from overseas, and on expensive gifts that you receive - bit of a bummer really, but there's ways around it...

I heard about an ex-pat Icelander living in the U.S. who made herself a bit of a business: for a small fee, she'd get your awesome Amazon package, rewrap it in pretty paper and write you a birthday card, and voila - no more toll! It all went very well until she failed to post a few pretty large purchases. And stopped answering her phone and emails. And mysteriously moved house.

Anyway, customs sent me a letter saying I needed to provide my receipt of payment, but the joke's on them - it's a package from Mum, full of baby clothes bought on sale in London! So I wrote them a friendly email explaining it all, and since I haven't heard back from them, I assume they believe me...


It's been really snowy for the last couple of days, but luckily it has been quite still and pretty at night - lucky because I have been walking Miss Freyja, and it's that much more pleasant when you're not fighting the dog AND the wind. And, as an extra special bonus, since I can see the other doggy footprints in the snow, I can tell which way she's going to lunge next, and I can lunge first! It almost makes me feel like I'm controlling where we walk. Oh, the power.


Aaaaaaand... That's it for this side of the world... Or you know, my small chunk of it, anyway!


Gil Liane said...

Olga, I do not want my parcel to cost you!! We must figure out a plan... (cause it is set to sail! Or fly. Or however it gets there :)

olga said...

Aw, that's sweet! I think as long as you mark it as a gift, and include a card or letter, it should get through okay.
And if worst comes to worst, I can totally sweet talk those customs folks again!