Reykjavík 107, 101 Missing 1

Reykjavík 107, 101 Missing 1

The postcode here is 107. You will probably know Reykjavík by its central postcode 101, or "downtown" as we call it here. That is even nicer, has more attention focused on it, more investment and a higher price tag. There are other postcodes which you will have never heard of, and even if you live in Reykjavík, you will have never travelled to.

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On Writing An Equal Difference

On Writing An Equal Difference

I have written about my observations and internal life in journals since I was a teenager and take great pleasure in drafting any kind of text, this piece included. But I began writing for other people’s eyes only a couple of years ago. Over the course of writing An Equal DifferenceI figured out what I needed to work at my best. I learned to listen to what I needed to keep myself focused and enjoy the process.

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WELCOME TO ICELAND. WE'LL GET YOU NAKED. (REPRISE)

WELCOME TO ICELAND. WE'LL GET YOU NAKED. (REPRISE)

What is the deterrent to showering naked before getting into a pool? To being naked in the company of others for that matter, of the same sex? The only times the Americans or British are ever really naked in front of other people for an extended period of time is during sex or at the doctors, and neither is always absolutely comfortable. 

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The Only Girl in the Skate Park

The Only Girl in the Skate Park

Originally written for Ladybits on Medium as part of their "Only Woman in the Room" collection. 

It began at the Chicago mall where they filmed Weird Science. I spotted this hot pink skateboard with green grab rails and a huge black tail guard. I placed it it on the carpeted floor and stepped on it. I went one way, the board went the other. My nine-year-old self thought, “Skateboarding is impossible.” Too late, I was hooked.

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An Off-Road Virgins’ First Time

An Off-Road Virgins’ First Time

I own two motorbikes in London, one for looks, the other for speed and comfort. Neither of these bikes or any of the thousands of miles I’ve ridden on them adequately prepared me for what I was about to experience when I went off-roading in Iceland for the first time. 

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I Want My Amazon TV

I Want My Amazon TV

Until today I felt like I was living (temporarily) in the most liberal modernised human country in the world. The rules seemed fair and were made out of a few of my favourite things like common sense, decency, and intelligence. They were administered by people of equal merit. Iceland may be the most progressive country on the planet when it comes to gender equality but their customs laws seem like something derived from Bolshevism.

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