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First of May speech

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This first of May was the first day I gave a speech in public. It was for our radical first May event. Us and a lot of other civil society groups rallied together and we marched down Laugarvegur together and celebrated together afterwards. Look at me rallying the masses! It's a learning process having my notes in my notebook was a bad idea, the first part was good, I got lost in the middle and then I just tried to wing the end. My comrades were very supportive though and cheered me on.
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A slightly sarcastic review of our new favourite place to drink cocktails

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It is spring and we wanted to go somewhere new for our Friday after work drinks. As luck would have it, a new place just opened on Ingólfstorg, called Sæta Svinið. It has both the cheapest happy hour cocktails and my personal favourite "Dark and Stormy" a rum based gingery affair.

There were however a few things we found amusing, especially after the second round. The people who work there are extremely happy. Like on happy pills happy. I have a deep respect for the Icelandic: "I work here to gain money for my free time and smiling is too hard until then." service industry culture and to see all these smiling waiters was jarring.
Then there was a menu confusion (solved by one of these smiling singularities). There is a lunch and dinner menu, however, some of the lunch menu items have asterisks indicating they are not available for dinner, however as it turns out on the dinner menu, they are.
The most ridiculous thing however, was what they did to the Margarita. Don't get me wrong, I think a strawberry or blueberry Margarita is a good idea, but when juice, rather than Tequila or triple sec is the main ingredient and it is served with half a glass full of crushed ice without a salt rim, I get confused.
It does not help when the straw (which should not even be there) is so short that it actually is unusable.

The Daiquiris are nice, though, but have the same straw problem. Also they have a lot of good beer which does not require straws!


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Picture of the week - First day of summer

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Yesterday was the first day of summer. Here are some pictures from our garden. Soon we will be able to have our first BBQ!





The President who wants to be King

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There is a presidential election this summer. The Icelandic President holds more somewhat more power in the legislative process than presidents in other European countries, as the Icelandic constitution was heavily based on the Danish constitutional monarchy and is basically bicameral with a parliament and a president.
The current president Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson has been in power for 20 year. He had announced not to run again, but changed his mind this week, citing the recent "unrest" and need for stability as a reason.
To me the current president is an example of Icelandic exceptional thinking. He praised the banks and speculators who ended up ruining the Icelandic economy as entrepreneurs and risk takers describing their high risk business tactics as unique Icelandic adventurism that can set an example for other businesses.
He repeated the "Iceland as an example for the world" sentiment in a speech in March. This time he was referring to the unique Icelandic creativity, naming the Jungle Bar, a snack bar made out of insects as an example:

I was present at an awards ceremony when the design award was given to some guys who have made insects into food. We have 9 billion people in the world, and one of the key solutions to food security and hunger in the world is that we start looking at the insects in a new way. There’s a fundamental challenge in the world regarding health and poverty, and it took the design people to put it on the map in this way.
http://grapevine.is/news/2016/03/18/icelandic-president-praises-pirate-party-as-political-innovators/



Insects as food, invented in Iceland in 2016, going to solve world hunger. Head meet desk.
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Bread and Beer based gift society

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My bakery is still going. Maybe not strong, but steadily. I have a few paying customers, but more interestingly a friend of mine has started to make his own beer and we are now giving each other free beer and bread. It is not a trade per se, there is no x amount of beer traded for x amount of bread, but rather we are gifting each other our goods with the understanding of mutual generosity.
He is also giving me his left over barley from the brewing process, which gives both Hänsel and Gretel a nice country bread like taste. We gorged ourselfes on bread, cheese and wine at a meeting yesterday, which reminded me of my very first sourdough adventure in Chile. It also reminded me that I have much less fun baking bread for comercial reasons than for sharing and enjoying. Insert bread braking metaphor here. Bread and wine with friends, Jesus had the right idea there.


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