On Iceland

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  1. Oscar Gordon
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    If only we could do geothermal power everywhere, but there are only a handful of places where it’s the right kind of geography to do that.Report

  2. Jennifer Worrel
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    Oh wow; thank you for sharing! Loved reading about your trip!Report

  3. Marchmaine
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    At the Costco in Iceland the toilet paper comes in a pack of 4 rolls. But the price of Hot Dog and Drink? Yep, still $1.50.

    Nice to get a JB travelogue… was starting to think we were going to have to take-up an OT collection to ship you off to the Middle East for some new content.

    Besides hot dogs and horse, did you eat anything else truly icelandic? Like I’m imagining blind-dog-shark potted in pickled lichen with a hint of dill…?Report

    • Jaybird in reply to Marchmaine
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      I don’t know about *TRULY* Icelandic. I had some Arctic Char which tasted good? I guess? It tasted like fish back in the US?

      I also had some lamb tartar that was downright *AMAZING*. My buddy interrupted before I started to dig in, making certain that I knew what “tartar” meant, and in utter horror when I told him that I did and then extended a pinky.

      One place had a side called “french fries with pickle and spicy ketchup”.

      The pickle was just a pickle (though expertly chopped up and plated) and the so-called “spicy” ketchup was Heinz 57. It was immediately recognizable to any amateur french fry afficionado… the way it presented in the small stainless steel shotglass, the way it moved when you dipped the fries, the way it smelled as you brought it to your lips.

      Spicy.

      For the most part, nothing we ate there was worth writing home about.

      One odd thing: there were no recognizable chain burger joints. We saw multiple Subway restaurants, a handful of KFCs, and a couple of Domino’s Pizza places. We even saw a T.G.I.Friday’s.

      Not a single McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, etc.

      Not that we would have eaten there, of course.Report

  4. InMD
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    Awesome piece. The ‘like on PBS’ line gave me a chuckle.

    Was there any viking beer or mead worth reporting back on from the long house? That place looks like a great time.Report

    • Jaybird in reply to InMD
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      The long house had mead on the menu but I was the driver and I am well familiar with a glass of wine and completely unfamiliar with mead so I went with a single glass of wine instead.

      The long house was *GREAT*. (If a hair pricy.)

      They had archery and axe throwing available for a digestif which told me that locals would never eat at the restaurant. Never in a million years.

      But I was not a local, baby! Joke’s on them. I’m into that sort of thing.Report

      • InMD in reply to Jaybird
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        My wife and I did New Orleans for our honeymoon and had just an awesome time. When we got back, I asked a friend of mine from the NOLA area how he could ever leave, with all the great stuff down there. His response was to ask me how often I go do all the great stuff in the DC area which is obviously never. That conversation bestowed upon me great perspective, and ever since I have been much less self conscious about ‘tourist stuff.’

        It’s good to get off the grid but it’s also quite possibly the locals who are missing out. Who wouldn’t want to work up an appetite throwing axes?Report

        • Marchmaine in reply to InMD
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          Once in a while Lady Marchmaine and I will do a Local Weekend Getaway… Take the metro into DC, walk the mall, eat at food truck, go to Smithsonian or National Art gallery (never both – that would be crazy). We expanded into Baltimore and did the Inner Harbor tourist stuff too. Spend the money on better hotel/location and not the travel (plus, only 2-3 days).

          But drive into DC for Dinner or day trip? Ugh.

          For a brief while I had NO as part of my territory… desperately tried to build up enough business to keep – but never quite did. Best part was having clients take me to the ‘real’ NO food places they go to. Like, real Turtle Soup… not the stuff made with cheap alligator pretending to be turtle (or so I was informed).Report

          • Slade the Leveller in reply to Marchmaine
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            The day we signed for our first mortgage my wife and I left on a road trip to Jazz Fest down there with $200 in our pockets. Hahahaha.

            We had a great time listening to some music and doing all the NO touristy stuff. (Those couple of C notes didn’t last long on Bourbon St.)Report

            • Marchmaine in reply to Slade the Leveller
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              My company gave me my peak NO Tourist moment and my peak Bougie moment when they rented out Preservation Jazz Hall for Sunday Brunch.

              That and when our giant corporate awards banquet was relocated at the last minute to – I kid you not – the garage where they store the floats because some sort of NO occurrence happened to the original location.Report

          • InMD in reply to Marchmaine
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            DC is a bear. I’m about 5 miles from the line with easy metro access (theoretically walkable, bus circulator literally stops in front of my house) and the time to get to anything cool is comparable to driving to downtown Baltimore 35 miles away. So even close in it’s the same approach. We go in but all outings are planned ahead, trying to do anything on a whim is impossible.Report

            • Marchmaine in reply to InMD
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              Right… never just ‘go into DC’ unless you are staying at a nice hotel downtown… which seems weird given your house is only 10 miles away. But, hey, it works.

              One time we even stayed at the MGM Grand just south of the city to see Jim Gaffigan. Tourist in a weird new way… we were landlocked away from DC proper… so DC adjacent casino that didn’t even pretend to be DC adjacent.Report

              • InMD in reply to Marchmaine
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                One of the odder things about the region is how little the breadbasket, major city figures into the culture of the area that surrounds it. Other than maybe like downtown Arlington I guess.Report

  5. j r
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    This is great! I’ve been stuck in my city for two and half years. Hearing about other people’s travels is the next best thing to getting out myself.

    I love the bit about the kids’ party cave becoming a tourist attraction. I wonder if those kids appreciated where they got to be proto-delinquents. In high school, my friends and I drank around an obelisk in Central Park, behind the Met. I always thought it was a pretty cool place to drink 32s of Budweiser.Report

    • Jaybird in reply to j r
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      Our Tour Guide had a beard even bigger than mine, but braided into a long strand in front of him. He spoke in a whisper into a mic that had speakers on his shoulders.

      “I don’t have the coronavirus,” he assured us. “I broke my voice at too many heavy metal concerts.”Report

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