• Two days in London on the way home

    January 26, 2010 // No Comments »

    It is difficult go from Iceland to Maputo in one day, the flight connections are to tight. We had therefore a stop over in London and since we were stopping we decided on spending one extra day there. We got a cheap room for four at the Generator X hostel in Russel Square, the location is the important thing in London not the coziest hotel.

    We managed to do plenty in one day. In the morning we walked to Tottenham Court Road for shopping techno stuff; external hard drive, camera gadgets and more. After that it was intellectual stuff; art museums and bookstores. It is a great thing in London that the main museums have free entrance. We began to walk through the National Gallery on the way to south bank and Tate Modern. The national gallery exhibits the history, many of the old masters and the famous pieces that Rejao and David had just seen in the art history books.

    After a nice soup lunch on the south bank we went to Tate. There we went through tree big floors of 20th century art. More interesting for the guys, especially David that is working on establishing a contemporary art movement in Maputo called Bantu art.

    It is exhausting to go to museums so after Tate we just had to go to the hotel and rest. No energy for a night out in London, just a hamburger in a cozy english pub. And then to the airport early in the morning.

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    Blue Lagoon on the way to the airport

    January 24, 2010 // No Comments »

    The Blue Lagoon is the most visited tourist place in Iceland. It has therefore become an rule for Icelanders to take their visitors there to experience the lagoon like all the other tourists and of course it is quite a nice experience. I prefer the lagoon Dori designed in the north of the country, a more quiet place out in the middle of nowhere, but it is about 7 hours drive from Reykjavik so that was too far.

    These five weeks went so fast and suddenly it was the day of departure and we still hadn’t been to the Blue Lagoon. We managed to have a short visit on the way to the airport thanks to Sverrir, Dori’s brother. He was so kind to drive us to the lagoon and then to the airport. The lagoon was very nice and it is off season now so it was not crowded.

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    A visit to Sorpa, recyciling station

    January 19, 2010 // No Comments »

    We went three times to visit one of Sorpa’s recycling stations in Reykjavik. The first time it was so cold that it was difficult to be outside and we did not film. We just photographed and one of the staff members introduced the station and the procedures to us. He had a really cheerful introduction which stuck in David’s mind. And later he insisted on going back to get an interview with this man. We returned later hoping to meet him but he was not there. We managed to describe him well enough to find out when he would be working again.

    So next time we visited Sorpa we met Sigurður Jónsson. He accepted to be interviewed and filmed while showing us around “no problem”. He answered our questions well, told us his thoughts about the environment and recycling and walked us around the area. Afterwards Sigurdur gave David a russian style leather and fur hat to keep him warm. A useful thing in the Icelandic cold but here in Mozambique it can serve as a decoration for good memories!

    It is interesting from the perspective of Maputo to look at how things are in Reykjavik. Iceland is around 20 years behind the other Nordic countries in infrastructural systems to protect the environment. Sorpa is just 20 years old and before that there was just a big garbage dump where everything was trown into one pile. People threw garbage on the streets like such an act was no problem. With a political policy and campaigns to change the mentality of the people things have improved fast, even though like Sigurður told us there still are way to many that do not care about their environmental impact. If such a policy would be taken in Maputo, system developed and awareness raised I am sure things could change very fast. I hope so!

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    A day at Fíton og Miðstræti

    January 18, 2010 // No Comments »

    David and Rejao got permission to stay at Fiton one day. They went on monday the 18th and Stefan, the creative director, received us well.

    I left and they walked over to Miðstræti where the film and animation gang is working. They spent the day there and got various tips. About how important sound is for animation, about framing and storyboarding. The guys (there are just guys there…) in Miðstræti use the 3d animation program Blender and they got introduction about that. That program is great to learn because it is free open sorce program. Some of the students in ENAV have been using it.

    They came home around four and had enjoyed the day. They were so busy that they forgot to take photos so no photo material for the blog!

    Thanks a lot Fíton and Miðstræti.


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    Rejão´s concert in Nýlenduvöruverslun Hemma and Valda

    January 14, 2010 // No Comments »

    The day after we came from Norway Rejão had a concert in a small bar in Reykjavik. It is a nice and relaxed place. We of course posted the event on Facebook and it was great to meet friends that we had not seen for a long time. The place was full of people and the concert good.

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    Christmas in Iceland

    December 26, 2009 // No Comments »

    We have never had so much fun at Christmas. Having David and Rejao along with us is great fun and their reflections on all the strange things create comic moments for us all.

    We came only two days before Christmas and had to prepare, finish to buy gifts and wrap them and then buy all the food that is very ‘neccecary’ to eat.

    On the 22nd and 23rd of December the shops are always open until late at night. The city is alive and the cafe’s and bars are full of people. We visited the new bar Karamba (the former 22), with a nice interior decorated by various illustrators, one of them the witty Hugleikur Dagson. Maybe Rejao will get a wall to decorate there when we return from Norway.

    Then we, of course, visited Kaffibarinn which David and Rejão have come to love and has become their favorite haunt along with Karamba. Kaffibarinn has been running in Reykjavik for 15 years and is always popular. You don’t go there for the best coffiee like the name might suggest, but for the athmosphere, it is always nice and relaxed. When I was in the art school I sat there many days a week with the computer drinking coffiee and smoking (in the good old days when I smoked and it was allowed inside!)

    We went to the Christmas pop-up shop in Hressó, where young designers and creatives had gathered with their products. There, Rejão was invited to play on the 23rd, which he of course loved to do and Andri came and played his guitar with him. At six o’clock we went to the annual walk for peace. The wether was beautiful and the main street crowded with people.

    On Christmas Eve we were invited to my father’s house for the formal dinner along with my brother who made a fantastic meal. Normally, Christmas Eve in Iceland begins formally at six o’clock, and some families go to church but that tradition has never been in my family. So, normally we just turn on the radio and ‘listen’ to the mass and have the Christmas dinner between 18-19.

    David, my brother, made a seafood soup for starters and a roasted smoked pork loin for main course. With the pork he made sugarbrowned potatoes, green beans, red cabbage, sause and then we had Laufabrauð (Leafbread), an indispenseble part of the traditional Icelandic Christmas dinner. It is common that families gather before Christmas to make this bread. They cut all kinds of patterns in the bread and demonstrate their artistic touch.

    After dinner we sat in the living room and began to open presents. The tradition in my parents house was to distribute the presents and then everyone open their own. Now we tried to begin with the tradition I have had with Andri and Dori, that one person selects a present for another (you cannot select your own) and the others follow what is inside. This of course is time consuming and after a while my father and brother lost their patience and father took upon himself to throw the gifts at each person! One present did not have a label on and he wanted to throw it out of the window since it wasn’t dedicated to anyone. We managed to stop that!

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