Loved it. Saw so many great bands that I’d never heard of before - Sarah MacDougall, Leaves, FM Belfast (best live show ever) and so many I can’t pronounce.
-Olafur Arnalds & the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra
Favorite part of the festival might have been when Jes and I were out at 2am looking for the Northern lights. Heading back to the hotel, a guy walks up to us and asks where we are going. After some talking, he invites us to a party which he described as about 50 people and lots of dancing. He also told us he was on shrooms. We said sure! Then we followed him, his name is Tori, and along the way two friends said hi to him, then left to do e. We walk, we turn the wrong way and Tori asks why we’re going the wrong way and we remind him he’s leading. Then another friend comes, who runs Kaffibarrin, a popular bar downtown, and we walk the “3 minutes” (10) to the apartment party. When we get up there, it’s just a couple of friends sitting on the couch hanging out, NOT A DANCE PARTY. They were all very nice, the girl who worked for Icelandair Hotels, the transplant from Lithuania, the banker who owned the place, and our favorite happy Icelandic man, Hjelte.
We hung out, we didn’t take our jackets off, and after about an hour we found our way back to our hotel.
2 nights later, the last day of the festival and our last night in town, we pass this bar “Dolly” that everyone has been talking about. A new, cool bar that just opened. We walk in, look around, looks cool. Jes hits me and points out that our friend Tori is DJing. Hilarious! We didn’t say hi, we weren’t sure how many drugs he was on when we met him and if he’d remember us.
It was a great time. Fun new friends - Elena, Paul, good hangs with Michael. Met a man from Greenland who had his Airwaves ‘12 bracelet still on his wrist. There was a bar called B5 that had a live band one night who played all these amazing American rock songs, we loved it and drank and danced, ran to our hotel to put our jackets away since it was just down the street, then ran back to the bar which closed as soon as we walked back in. Womp.
We loved Cafe Babablu, the owner is from NYC, they decorated for Halloween and had an insane Star Wars themed bathroom. Loved that.
We passed a popcorn mobile on the street and took a pic.
We love the store Tiger.
We hiked a glacier with Siggy.
We got lost a few times.
It was good. Jes is a great travel buddy, so easy and up for anything.