REYKJAVIK - AUGUST 2008
We landed in Iceland just before the start of the financial crisis and the country going bankrupt. This meant that the prices were still outrageously high (similar to what happened to me in Argentina, December 2001) and that everybody thought they were rich with all those toxic products in their bank accounts. Some weeks later, they dramatically discovered how wrong they were. But I had already paid my trip...
The day we arrived was the date of Reykjavik's - Iceland's capital city - most popular annual event: Reykjavik Cultural Night. It actually consists of two events: the Reykjavik Marathon, which takes place in the morning, and the long Culture Night, which starts early afternoon and runs deeply into the night. They take place on the same Saturday, on the third weekend in August, and that brings great excitement to the city. It's said that roughly 100,000 people come to Reykjavik that night; for an island country with circa 320,000 inhabitants that's something...
"RAIN - August, in the Northern Hemisphere, usually means summer and hot weather. That isn't (or wasn't) entirely true in Iceland, when we got to Keflavik Airport..."
"VIKINGS - The Marathon was already over and the long party was starting its debut..."
One of the features of the Cultural Night is that you'll have music around virtually each corner in town. And all sorts of music...
"BALLADS IN THE STREET"
"BAND IN THE VERANDAH"
"ROCK IN THE SHOP"
"JAZZ IN THE BANK"
"CLASSICS IN THE POST OFFICE"
"OPERA IN THE CATHEDRAL"
Another peculiar feature of the cultural night is the snack around the corner...
While we were strolling around Laugavegur, the main shopping street of Reykjavik, a show sponsored by «Moods of Norway» was taking place. And the Centrum store was having live fashion shows...
"LIVE SHOW - Inside and outside"
The museums and the galleries were open and there were art installations throughout town...
"GUIDA & GIL also contributed..."