Harpa

Not too long ago Harpa was opened. Harpa is the new Reykjavik Opera House and I absolutely love it, I was even so lucky to be there opening night and listened to the symphony play spectacular music. I had a final exam the morning after and I almost skipped the opening night but my mother decided she wasn’t having any of it because I had been studying so hard and the exam was on the Bible and I attended Catholic schools for 8 years, so I thought this was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I was feeling confident about the exam. Since then I have been to numerous concerts in this amazing piece of architecture, the opening night is of course the most memorable but the Lord of the Rings concert is a close second. Usually when I go to a concert everyone is dressed in their fanciest clothes but when I went to the Lord of the Rings concert there was a sea of men with long hair wearing jeans, I love that Harpa is a place for everyone, doesn’t matter if you’re a fancy ambassador, a hipster or a poor university student, you can so easily fall in love with this house. I went there the other day with my camera to take pictures of Harpa and visited my friend who works in the record shop 12 Tónar which is on the first floor. Doesn’t matter how often I go there I never get sick of it.

I call architecture frozen music. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Coffee and Conversation

All one needs for a good afternoon is a cup of coffee and good conversation with an old friend. So that’s what I did after work earlier this week. I decided to meet up with one of my oldest friends at one of my favorite cafés in Reykjavik, Laundromat, and chat about our summer so far. I decided to use this opportunity and take a few pictures with my Pentax camera. My luck with this camera so far hasn’t been great, this has in fact been very challenging. That’s why I was so thrilled to get these photos back from the developer. They actually turned out good! I was also happy this particular film worked out because I love the atmosphere at Laundromat (they have books everywhere!). So I recommend you guys meet up with an old friend for a cup of coffee and good conversation.

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons. – T.S. Eliot

Fantasy Dinner Party

Imagine you’re having a dinner party for 10 people. What do you need to think of? What food to serve (lobster, steak and a rich chocolate desert), what wine to have with it (Champagne, Chardonnay), the location (preferably New York or Paris). The most important thing however is the guest list. Again, imagine you can invite any nine people you want, alive or dead, who would you invite? I have sometimes played this game with my friends so I’ve given this more thought than I would like to admit. So without further ado:

Woody Allen – The man is brilliant, intelligent and funny. He has made some of my favorite movies, in fact last Easter I would write essays during the day and watch Woody Allen movies in the evenings while eating ice cream. I think Hollywood is too caught up in special effects and what movies would make the most money that I haven’t been to the movies in a year, however Woody Allen never disappoints and actually writes a good script. I would also invite him because I think he could hold his own with this group.

Oscar Wilde – There isn’t a man in this world who has the same talent with putting together sentences as Mr. Oscar Wilde. I think he is actually one of the few men that I consider a genius. I spent three years studying literature at the University of Iceland and Wilde was one of the writers that inspired me to study that subject. And I’m sure there wouldn’t be a dull moment with him there.

Elizabeth I – I’d want at least one monarch at my dinner party (two might be kind of a disaster) and I would choose Elizabeth I. She is an inspiration in itself, she proved that women are just as capable at running an empire as a man is. She would probably intimidate my other guests a bit and that’s always fun.

Jane Austen – I wrote my thesis on Austen’s novels. She is highly intelligent, hilarious and interesting. She also has a way with words that I envy her for, when one reads her novels it’s so apparent why she is considered one of the greatest novelists. Who wouldn’t want to see Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde have a conversation? I think that would be mind-blowing!

Stephen Fry – My favorite British comedian. Everything Stephen Fry does turns out brilliant: A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Blackadder, QI and all those TV shows he does for BBC. If there is one person in the world I wish I could have a conversation with, if only for an hour, it’s Fry.

Dave Chappelle – He seems to be the whole package, he’s intelligent (which as you have noticed is very important for this dinner party), funny as hell and someone who can have a serious conversation and can lighten the mood.

Meryl Streep – I’d want her there, I don’t know why I just would. I think she is one of the most endearing and wonderful actors today and is without a doubt one of the „Greats.“ She’s also a good role model for those actresses who want to be taken seriously. I thought about other actors but I decided that she would be perfect for this particular group.

F. Scott Fitzgerald – Yes, another writer. Another one of my favorites, I think The Great Gatsby is one of the most influential American novels that has ever been written. He also knows how to enjoy wine, my guests must know how to enjoy wine.

James Lipton – Anyone who has watched Inside the Actor’s Studio will understand why I want him at my dinner party. Not only is he very interesting and intelligent but if there is anyone who can get my guests to admit their darkest secrets it’s Lipton. I could just imagine him having a conversation with Elizabeth I about her reign, asking Fitzgerald about his marriage to Zelda, asking Austen about her life as an independent woman in 19th century England. Oh yes, he would have to be there.

After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relatives – Oscar Wilde

Fog

I love taking photographs in fog. The colors change and everything seems so mysterious and magical. When I saw there was fog I decided to grab my camera and my dog and take a walk in my favorite place in the Reykjavik area: Grótta. There is a gorgeous lighthouse there and birds everywhere. It’s especially gorgeous in the fog. When my dog and I got there I turned on my ipod and enjoyed the voice of Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in my headphones and started walking. I walked for almost two hours and photographed everything around me.

It is not the clear-sighted who rule the world. Great achievements are accomplished in a blessed, warm fog. – Joseph Conrad

Kitchen stuff

I can’t imagine a better place to spend my time than in the kitchen. The smell, the food and it’s also the room in the house that I feel most comfortable. The feeling I get when I cook or bake is so wonderful. Taking a few ingredients and creating something delicious that my family will enjoy is one of the best feelings that I know of. When people tell me they are dieting I always feel sorry for them because I feel like they are missing out. What’s the fun in eating something delicious and maybe a tad sinful if you can’t enjoy it. Why do people feel guilty when they eat?

I just hate health food! – Julia Child

Cemetery


The sun was out! That doesn’t happen enough times here in Reykjavik. So I decided to take advantage and head downtown and take pictures. For some reason I decided to check out an old cemetery and I am glad I did. The way the sunlight appeared through the branches and leaves of the trees made the light so amazing. I was the only person there and everything was so quiet and peaceful.

There’s no reason to be the richest man in the cemetery. You can’t do any business from there. – Colonel Harlan Sanders