A Brief Hiatus

Hello! This is just a friendly note to say that IV will be taking a brief break while Amy and I are in Reykjavik, Iceland. I’ll only be gone a week, so fear not! Amy, however, will be gone the entire month on an artist residency (be sure to check her blog for updates on her art and here for updates on eating vegan in Reykjavik). This is also a friendly note to apologize for the infrequency of recent posts, as we get prepared for our trip.

Yoko Ono's Imagine Peace tower in Reykjavík

Internet permitting, we’ll post our thoughts and reviews while we’re there, so keep checking in!

When I get back, tune in for three weeks of Irreverent Vegan: Cooking For One.

Thanks for stopping in!

3 comments ↓

#1 chow vegan on 05.30.10 at 12:17 pm

Wow, Iceland looks so cool! Have a good trip and looking forward to reading about it! 🙂

#2 Zoa on 06.01.10 at 11:23 pm

Eating vegan in Iceland…I admire your courage more than I can say and look forward to your updates. The last movie I saw about Iceland was about a Japanese guy who went to bury his father and it was a pretty good movie but contained some seriously traumatizing food scenes. The landscape was awesome though, and Icelandic was one of those things I studied when I was a high school-skipping book nerd…oft er legi vatni langt til botns (from memory, but not obscene, so you can quote it to actual Icelandic people, which I’ve always wanted to do). Have a fantastic trip!

#3 mark on 06.09.10 at 3:08 pm

Thanks for the Icelandic lesson!

Google tells me that means: “often long lines of water to the bottom”. I’d have to imagine that must be a little overly literal. Since it seems like everyone in Reykjavik speaks near-perfect English, it was hard to manufacture scenarios in which to use the few Icelandic words/phrases we picked up. But then I find that’s the case almost everywhere in Europe–everyone speaks English far better than I speak their language (which is mostly a testament to how awesome their language skills are, but probably also a nod to how shabby mine are).

Eating there wasn’t too bad. Reykjavik has a few vegetarian restaurants (all quite small) and several places offer a veggie option of some sort–though not as ubiquitously as major metro American/Canadian cities, perhaps. It’s definitely a fish-based cuisine–which makes sense, since that’s the most readily available form of fresh, local food (one can also try a “lamburger”). While we were there, we got to see the Fish Festival, a celebration (and exhibition) of all the different types of fish available (and a large putrefying shark).

As you’ve probably gleaned from recent posts, we tended to eat in mostly, but in the next couple of days I’ll be posting about where a person could eat out.

All in all, not so traumatizing. I think right now Kassel, Germany is still winning for the least veg-friendly place I’ve been abroad–but that’s probably more related to the relatively small size of Kassel compared to most of the other cities we’ve visited.

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