Thursday, April 18, 2013

Wednesday Wrap-up

Why hello hello there! You're looking great, did you know that? This warm weather must be treating you well. So charming.

It's been a ridiculously big week. Whenever is it not though, here at Sequin Cat HQ?
(Remember my last attempt at a Wrap-up?!)

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Trying (and somewhat succeeding) at learning basic Icelandic.

Does anybody else find they can only keep track of their activities by reviewing photos on their phone? What oh what did I use to do with a hardy nugget Nokia... (loved it. Deeply.)

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Sushi, my long-lost friend! Edinburgh airport, en route to Reykjavik.

So, onwards with the update.

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Look at these handsome creatures!

Last Wednesday I had some early classes before dominating my to-do list and getting everything ready for another departure. After packing, I headed off to my friend's birthday dinner - lovely!

Thursday afternoon: Reykjavik bound (again)!

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No, I didn't wear the Minnie Mouse ears on the plane. Yes, I should have. So happy to be back in Iceland!

I didn't stick around in the capital for long this time; we jumped in the car for a five hour drive north. The landscapes blew my mind as usual.

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On the top of a mountain overlooking the petite town of Akureyri I foolishly thought it'd be a good idea to make a snowball with my bare hands. In -11C weather. Ouch.

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Saturday was one of the more surreal (but most excellent) days I've had in a while.

It started with Icelandic weightlifting...

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continued with a visit to the Christmas store.....

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This is Gryla. She's kind of a bitch.

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Reminded me of my reindeer ride in Tromso!

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Open every day of the year... except Christmas.

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and was rounded off by a beer in a bar in a barn. Where I got freaked out by the cows.

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Everything here was automated! Hay distributor, back scratcher, poop collector, milking machine. No humans in sight (although we did spot a cat. It was a good day.)

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Sheer terror.

Altogether odd!
That evening, my lasagna, red wine and selection of French cheeses went down a treat with the locals.

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It's vegetarian, I promise!

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(I provided tasting notes. Such a Frenchy.)

A Sunday Snow Storm! Unable to leave, we decided to drive through the mountains to a (mostly frozen) waterfall. Sensible!

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After the snow storm.

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Can you tell from my facial expression that I'm being pelted with ice shards?!

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Warming ourselves at a bookshop café.

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Look at this adorable curry hut!

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Saturdays are lolly days in Iceland - it's half price! On a Sunday, this rainbow aisle was conspicuously empty.

Monday was all about distance. Driving for hours back to Reykjavik, and then I hopped on a plane to Edinburgh, arriving around midnight for a quick sleep before a final plane back to Bordeaux Tuesday morning. Despite being exhausted, I still rallied myself to go out for dinner, drinks, and live music with friends. Now that's commitment!

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Slippery, snowy roads. In April!

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Sunny Edinburgh as viewed from the top of a double-decker bus on the way back to the airport, Tuesday morning.

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Two of my teachers having a jam.

Which brings us to here, friends! Wednesday yet again. I've laid (relatively) low today: skyping my parents, hour-long run, making fruit salad, sending parcels at the post office, picking up a bicycle I won (?!), signing paperwork at school, cider in the sun with a friend, checking out the new library, dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant, meeting another friend for a goodbye drink. Yes, this is me on a low-key day. Here's hoping I get lots done tomorrow: I leave for Japan in less than two weeks! And I have nothing organised....


  1. Oh my gosh so much snow! Haha I love that picture with the cow, so funny!
    Wow, awesome to be going to Japan. Eek! :)
    xx Nell

    1. Hi Jenelle! Snow --> 30 degrees.. a big change!

      Hope to keep blogging from Japan - will do my best.

  2. Beautiful pictures! Looks like an awesome week :)