After a failed northern lights excursion, we got back to our hotel at around 1:30 a.m. in the morning. I tried to salvage as much rest as I could before having to wake up at 7 to work on some homework before heading for the day to conduct interviews around the city.
I was nervously awaiting this day the entire year–I knew it would be a busy day and I was worried I would show up late or mess something up in some way or another. Luckily it was all smooth sailing. I interviewed a person at the police department, a journalist and member of the multicultural council, the director of LGBT advocate group Samtokin ’78, a professor of middle eastern studies at the University and Iceland, and a lawyer.
The final story I will be working on is about Muslim xenophobia in Iceland, and how it draws many parallels to that of the United States and the rest of the world. Helga Helgadóttir, a lawyer, said she has seen cases with hate speech dealing with Muslims, but does not like how cases are handled.
I wandered around Reykjavík seeing all different parts of the city. I had time between my first two interviews that I spent walking around to different shops and finding a place to eat–finally settling on a cute little crepe shop.
After finishing my interviews for the day, I anxiously awaited our group dinner at Tapas Barinn. Before meeting there with whole group, a couple of us went out early and walked around, looking at different shops downtown. We happened upon a beautiful and daunting candy shop and even found some polar bears to pose with.
Dinner time came and we all were seated in a dimly lit restaurant and were treated to a seven course meal. SEVEN! Our main courses were: puffin, arctic char with potatoes and red pepper salsa, lamb kebob, cod with creamy potato/garlic sauce & lobster, lobster tails, whale with sweet potato purée, skyr & passion fruit sorbet. (I had a tiny bite of the puffin, whale, and lobster and then gave up my food to someone else). The arctic char was my favorite (potatoes and red peppers were a huge plus). Skyr, an Icelandic yogurt-type product, was also amazing and a perfect way to close the meal.
I am looking forward to more great meals, exploring and ICELAND AIRWAVES!