Yes, I’m sad. I read the news pages of a country 1,000 miles away. Usually they are interesting only in their uneventfulness or because they mention a concert I wish I was at, but there have been a few things going on in Iceland lately that have caught my eye, from good to bad.
1. The Icelandic hamburger restaurant Hamborgarabúllan is opening a branch in London! My reaction: What?? Wow! How exciting! I’m there!
Hopefully they will also sell some other Icelandic goods for homesick expats and sad tourists. (yes, I still have dreams of opening up my own Icelandic shop some day so it would be interesting to see how any competition fared – of course I couldn’t compete with the burgers) I’m sure you’re looking forward to my review nearly as much as I am looking forward to going to an Icelandic restaurant without going to Iceland.
2. Made in Iceland 5 is out! Iceland Music Export put together compilations every few months and they are always great and include some songs I know and a few hidden gems that I don’t. A good and easy way to expand your Icelandic musical knowledge – check it out here or below
3. Iceland celebrated the first day of summer last week, which resulted in many blogs and news sites covered in photos that make you want to go and visit. I love this time of year when you only have the nicer weather ahead of you.
4. It seems that BBC Lifestyle have a programme out called Delicious Iceland – I don’t know why I haven’t come across this on any of the BBC channels here, but it looks good, so check it out on my behalf if you get BBC Lifestyle please!
5. “Iceland’s volcanoes may power the UK”. For Iceland to make the news here, volcanoes have to be involved – and in the case of this story, they don’t even really have to be involved, you can just mention them to make your headline sound exciting. Basically, there is an idea to put a pipeline underwater between Iceland and the UK so we can use Iceland’s abundant geothermal energy. As someone who is always impressed by the abundant heat and hot water in Iceland, this does sound good until you think about the fact that Iceland would be giving up its own natural resources to create geothermal plants to process this, and they would need to be pretty big. I don’t think this will actually happen as creating such a long cable would be so complicated, but let’s see what comes out of their “talks”.
6. The results of Geir Haarde’s trial have also been big news here. It will be interesting to see Iceland’s reaction over the next few days.
7. Finally, Tom Cruise will be filming in Iceland for a few weeks this summer. I have a particular dislike for him and the world he represents and hope we’re not there at the same time. :)