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] …
Proper tools were required
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.