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A place and time

By Patricia Lightfoot

Place: Cafe Loki near Hallgrimskirkja in Reykjavik, Iceland

Time: Late June 2013 just after midsummer

What was happening: Dinner was being eaten in a welcoming calm space. What we were served as part of “Iceland 1” and “Iceland 3” included a rich rye-bread ice cream and a brandade-type mixture of fish and mashed potatoes on rye bread, which was particularly delicious. My husband had a taste of the traditional fermented shark (in the centre of the photograph), which he described as “not like anything I have tasted before.” As is customary, the fermented shark was paired with a shot of brennivin, a local spirit, which in this case referenced yet another local tradition, as it was served in a glass decorated with a pattern that looked as if it had been knitted.

Public art in Reykjavik 1

by Patricia Lightfoot

Both official and unofficial creativity thrive in Iceland’s capital. The environment may not be one that is friendly to plants, but there are flowers and robots.

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Photos: Phil and Patricia Lightfoot
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Reykjavik street art

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