This is a busy month, because my work as an editor consists partly of editing theses. The end of the second semester is in sight so I get lots of requests. I expect this to continue in June. I’ve been working on reports about fairy tales in the eighteen hundreds, the translation of dialects, future plans of one of the biggest newspapers in the Netherlands, and so forth and so forth. So these are busy times, but next to editing I also spent time planning THE trip of the summer (the Westfjords and the north of Iceland), and it’s going to be great!
Of course working isn’t the only thing that I’ve been doing. Every week I attend the couchsurfing meetings, and since a couple of weeks these are organized in a very nice place called IÐA Zimsen. This is a book and coffee shop with a wooden floor, comfortable chairs and large windows. It’s a cozy and quiet place. Also I try to go to the board game evenings every week. Last Wednesday we played the card game Munchkin. I played this game a lot when I was sixteen and it was so much fun to play it again. And one and a half weeks ago I entered a pub quiz for the first time in my life and this was fun to do as well (didn’t win though).
Another thing that’s new is that I found a group of people to cook vegan meals with. We’ve had two meetings so far. The food ‘we’ (they) made is amazing. Because of these meetings I learned about a delicious Spanish omelet without egg, banana muffins, peanut butter/sweet potato casserole (with garlic, say what?), textured soy soup, blueberry smoothies and of course there’s also loads of hummus and bread. I made sushi. ^_^ Hurrah for all these great recipes!
This week I found a travel journal from my trip to Iceland in 2009. It was great to read it again.
Here in the highlands there are no people to be seen, there are no animals and no roads. An alienating moon landscape with volcanoes and glaciers is all around. Black ground covered by grey clouds. Nothingness as far as the eyes can see, no houses, no trees, no life. This is a place where I can breathe. I must be Icelandic on the inside.