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A plaintive farewell to summer

Well, our long Verslunarmannahelgi weekend [Iceland’s version of Labour Day weekend] is rapidly drawing to a close and I can’t get past the feeling that summer will be over in the blink of an eye. Indeed, for many people this weekend marks the unofficial end of summer as July is a virtual dead zone around here – so many people go on holiday. After this weekend the cogs of Nicelandic society slowly start turning again and are generally in full swing by the end of August. I’m kind of dreading tomorrow – I have a full schedule and work pressures that I’m already feeling. July practically invites slacking off, whereas post-Verslunarmannahelgi August will put up with no such nonsense. Sigh.

Not to say that August will be devoid of fun. August is weekend-festival season. This first weekend, of course, is devoted to outdoor festivals around the country, the second weekend is Gay Pride Saturday [think Carnival in Rio with a lot more camp and families with baby strollers on the sidelines thoroughly enjoying the spectacle], and the fourth weekend is the Reykjavík Marathon plus Culture Night, which is the mutha of all annual parties here in Reykjavík, with the exception of New Year’s Eve.

Anyway, this has been a great weekend. Yesterday both EPI and EPI’s youngest daughter Ragnheiður had their birthdays and since so many people were out of town it was a fairly low-key affair, with just the four of us [EPI, YT, AAH and RE] for brunch and then dinner. [The official celebrations with guests and such will be next weekend.] As you can see from these photos, Ragnheiður had a wee bit of trouble opening the present we got her [from the wonderful aurum] …

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Success!

Then today, Cassie – who I originally met in the blogosphere and first got together with last year while I was visiting her native New York – came over and we went for a stroll around the golf course [that I’ve mentioned about a million times in my posts and which she actually got to see with her OWN EYES]. She’s visiting a friend here and by her own admission really loves it [don’t take my word for it – you can read about it on her own blog] and it was great to spend some time with her. In fact, I would have spent even longer with her, but on the way up to Perlan [hopelessly touristy, yes I know] my car started making funny noises and I was too scared to go on [another thing added to my to-do list tomorrow: FIND OUT WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH CAR] so I did a speedy u-turn and virtually kicked Cassie out en route [not really]. Fingers crossed that car is not gravely ill, okay?

OKAY, MUST GO REST UP ON ACCOUNT OF GRUELING SCHEDULE TOMORROW

The weather has been perfectly amicable, although we did get a fair bit of rain yesterday. Still, it wasn’t too bad because it was vertical rain – and not even rain, but what we here at the Weather Report like to call “a soft summer drizzle”. The sun reappeared this afternoon but temps are down from our sweltering heat of last week and I’m afraid that the pinnacle has been reached for this particular season. Right now cloudy skies, 12°C [54F], sunrise was at 4:45 am and sunset at 10:20 pm – see? Summer’s almost over.

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  • andrea August 5, 2008, 1:57 am

    Great little ‘photo story’. She looks totally delighted — and delightful. Good luck facing August.

    PS Your Gay Pride parade sounds just like ours!

  • PhilippeP August 5, 2008, 6:21 am

    Not easy to open , but probably not easy to package either … it could have been a bretzel 🙂

    If rain and wind could just take a nap for approximatively 4 hours in the morning of August 23, I would be very pleased, then after that the sun would be welcomed .

  • alda August 5, 2008, 10:21 am

    andrea – thank you. And you have that kind of Gay Pride festival too? Excellent! They’re certainly not like that everywhere.

    Philippe – running the marathon? I’ll put in a special appeal for you.

  • alda August 5, 2008, 12:55 pm

    PS – I’ve probably jumped the gun a bit by announcing the end of summer – it’s sunny and HOT out there right now. Yowsa!

  • CarolQ August 6, 2008, 12:43 am

    Pray for some warmth in the first part of September (the 5th to be precise) as we will be in Reykjavik from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm and we have an all-day tour departing the Royal Princess. We are from the Pacific Northwest of the USA (Seattle area) and if it’s cool, that’s okay, I can’t take much heat anyway.lol!!

  • andrea August 6, 2008, 1:25 am

    Alda — Vancouver is one of the gay capitals of the entire world, ergo the parade is huge here! Just today I was at one of the world’s top GAY HOSPITALS (St Paul’s in the West End — home of front-line HIV/AIDS treatment). I even have two gay uncles (out of a total of three) just to drive my point home. We’re very proud here. 🙂

  • PhilippeP August 6, 2008, 1:56 pm

    alda > yes , I’ll be running the marathon

  • Runa August 6, 2008, 7:41 pm

    Happy Birthday to Ragnheidur and EPH!

  • James August 7, 2008, 9:11 pm

    Your step-daughter is lovely. And Ragnheiður is an interesting name. How do you pronounce it? Does she have a nickname? 🙂

  • Cama August 8, 2008, 12:32 am

    What beautiful children you both have! I want her necklace!!!!!

  • alda August 8, 2008, 9:32 am

    James – pronounce it? Um, let’s see … Ragnhayth(soft-th-sound)ur. But even that won’t help you get it totally right. These are sounds that cannot be written out for English speakers, and which English speakers also have a major problem making, even when demonstrated. Sorry!

    Cama – thank you! And yes, that necklace is just SO COOL. Real pearls, with a frog prince in the middle.