02/12/2013 § 2 Comments
I decided to put together my two blogs and use the url from the other one because it was so much shorter. I do apologize for the inconvenience. So now my blog is no more “a pen, a paper and a cup of tea“, which is a mouthful, but “Reykjavik Chic“.
Same type of content as on a pen a paper and a cup of tea will be published on Reykjavik Chic only there might be more galleries with photos, since Reykjavik Chic was my photo gallery blog.
28/11/2013 § Leave a comment
So this fall me and my mom have been catching fevers, stomach aches, headaches, asthma and all kinds of stuff in regular “waves” or “tides” as you could put it. I don’t want to make this post gross but it turns out that a pipe in our wall broke sometime and the wall was seriously wet inside and water flooded under our parquet. We didn’t notice anything and we have no clue when this happened, it could have happened before we moved in two years ago.
So we are dealing with a mold problem here and it’s not just us but a great percent of all Icelanders or 20% of the nation is dealing with this. I heard it in the news on the radio, you can hear it here but sadly it’s in Icelandic, and my family is lucky since the insurance company is paying for all the facility thankfully. We live in a neighborhood that has houses that are around 50 years old so it’s no surprise.
So lately we have been bashing down walls, drying inside of the one that was wet inside and changing the floor and more. We wanted to build an extension to our home but we haven’t got the permission yet, and we think we never will, well at least I do. So we are changing the rooms like we wanted to have them with the extension just in case, I honestly think this house has never been fixed or had any good adjustments until now. « Read the rest of this entry »
21/10/2013 § 5 Comments
I was seven years old when I was introduced to the Harry Potter series. I only remember that there was this classroom in my school that was filled with books that they were selling, both new and old and I picked it up from the shelf and asked my mom to buy it for me. She did, but it stayed on my shelf for a few years untouched.
A few years later I find it on my shelf after moving to Iceland and after picking it up I didn’t part with it untill every page was turned and every word was read.
A secret chamber, time travel, Sirius Black, a tournament, the golden snitch, Dolores Umbridge (“insert bad word”…), Luna Lovegood, Butterbeer, lilies, green eyes, deathly hallows, broken wands and endless library trips took place the next few years .
I listened to audio books, old-fashioned books, I read on the couch, on my bed, in the kitchen and on a bench. I read when I was sick, when I was fine, when I was at home, when I was in the country. I read the last book in only seven hours, I couldn’t stop and finally it was all over. Done, and it was hard to accept it. But I could not let it go!
I watched the films, read the fan fiction (who didn’t!), took the “what house are you?” tests (GO RAVENCLAW!) and sent a fan letter to J.K.Rowling after starting to write myself (I wanted help with my writing, I was twelve…we all did embarrassing things at twelve… ). I discovered more fantasy books and met more fantastic characters that I’m pretty sure I would have never discovered had I never picked up Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
This had been a huge part of my childhood and a huge part of me and I’m pretty sure I’ll never accept that it’s over one day. This has been my favorite adventure, that has not yet ended and it has been truly…
All was well.
18/10/2013 § Leave a comment
11/10/2013 § 1 Comment
I’m sitting here in the café in Eymundsson on Austurstræti like a true miðbæjarrotta (“central-town rat” is an icelandic term e.g. someone who hangs around all the time and all day in the central of Reykjavik in café’s) when suddenly I remembered that I should remind you of NaNoWriMo before it’s to late. I don’t know if you remember my post about Iceland Writer’s Retreat and NaNoWriMo but there I explained what NaNoWriMo is. « Read the rest of this entry »
09/10/2013 § Leave a comment
So last week and during the weekend before I haven’t been active since I was getting ready for a trip to Paris and I never had the chance to tell you. I thought you might want to hear how it was, and don’t take anything personally, I did have a few culture shocks that I’m going to tell you about.
This is quite a long post, you have been warned!
Thursday the 3rd of October
I woke up at four in the middle of the night and caught the bus to the airport, on the way everyone pretty much just slept, we had a huge schedule so every time we had the opportunity to sleep we used it that morning!
The flight went well, especially since one of the guys, Þorsteinn, I was traveling with didn’t seem to have an allergic reaction, since he was highly allergic to nuts. And I mean highly, he has to take those special shots. The stewardess warned about it in the speakers and I glad everyone on the plane seemed to respect that.
After landing we had to take the train to our hostel and Icelandic people are not used to metro systems and trains since there aren’t any in Iceland. My teachers luggage was almost stolen, she was able to grab her luggage from the thief, he ran as fast as Bolt when she caught the bag and she cursed a lot in French and was just able to get on the train before the doors closed.
It was the biggest wake up call ever for all of us… « Read the rest of this entry »
17/09/2013 § Leave a comment
So lately I’ve been busy with school and such that I haven’t been able to blog recently but finally things are getting quiet, well as quiet as they can be. I’ve started reading The Da Vinci Code in Icelandic, since I read too much English that it affects my Icelandic, so I went to the library at school. Then my school bag started to rip and it now has a big hole in it that I’m going to check out, hopefully I can fix it and use it more but these days I’m the “sunshine student” with a big, bright, yellow bag for my books as well as my schedule and pencil case, yellow is my favorite color these days. « Read the rest of this entry »