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.
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 Difference, I 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.
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.
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.
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.
I though it would be a good idea to have Icelandic bands (or members) take visiting bands out for a meal or something Icelandic and whatever came out came out of it. Without an agenda it would surely be good or nothing.
The couple behind Orri Finn Design—Orri Finnbogason and Helga Gvuðrún Friðriksdóttir—have a different, yet complementary, training in the art of design, jewellery and business. Helga has had a passion for jewellery since she was a child, often making her own. Orri trained as a goldsmith and a diamond setter in New York.
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.