Sunday, June 16th, 2024

Busy Busy


It’s Saturday morning and the first point I feel relaxed since Iceland. Had dinner at the Peking in Cambridge last night (great as ever)- I love the food and also it’s unusual to go to somewhere in Cambridge and have consistent staff. Some reflections on the past few weeks.

I liked Iceland. Friendly efficient people – actually probably the only holiday I have gone on where someone hasn’t p****** me off within a few minutes of landing due to messing something up or lack of effort (well that’s what happens if you go a short break to Europe or the UK).
Reykjavik was much smaller than I had anticipated and aesthetically was a complete disappointment- think Cumbernauld, East Kilbride (new towns near Glasgow). 
The food was much better than I had expected.¬†Of course there are similarities to Scottish Food. For example, ‘Traditional Icelandic Food’ is ‘Scotch Broth’ in my speak. Lots of Fish (yuk), but meat cooked really well also. Highlight of the food side was having sorbet made at the table with liquid nitrogen and lemon (very nice).
In terms of day-day activities. Outdoor Spa’s are fantastic and really relaxing – especially when you are outside and there is a snow-storm blowing on your face. The scenery was really nice. The trouble is that with everything covered in snow it all looks the same. So when someone points at some large glacier, you are thinking ‘another tall white thing covered in snow’.
My big thing of course was perfect cell reception wherever I was. Even on the side of a glacier I had perfect reception !
So would I go again ? Probably, in the summer when there is a bit more scenery. It would also be a great place (albeit pricey) for a lads weekend.
My workload continues to be an issue as I’m really busy and there is so much to do. Out in the US this coming week again- though it’s great to be able to work face-face with people. The good thing is that I’m motivated and as a result can get into the office really early (7AM) and work through the day. It’s funny how things all click and a positive attitude makes such a difference.

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