Iceland 2017

BACK FROM ICELAND, NORTHERN EUROPE.

When Abdul, my limo driver, picked me up at the Newark International Airport on Sunday night, I had a sigh of satisfaction.  I checked off an item from my list of Countries to Visit, Iceland: 82 down, 18 more to go. For two years, in a row, I had to cancel this trip rendered difficult by the belief that one should not be in a place called ICE-land outside of

AROUND ICELAND.

You will have to remember this: you land in Reykjavik, you purchase your ticket for the Golden Circle Tour, before anything else. What a treat! Our group left Reykjavik at 4:30 PM for the sightseeing tour. It will last seven hours. Don’t fret about the tardive departure time. In this period of the year, at the North Pole, the sun hardly ever sets. We had bright sunlight until at least

ICELAND, VIKING COUNTRY.

In 1986, that is the year, when the entire world got to know about Iceland.   Ronald Reagan changed his mind. In six years in power, he always refused to speak to his Soviet counterpart. His policy resumed in isolation and deterrence. But a recent incident proved that the absence of communication could have led to a nuclear confrontation. So he decided initiate what will later become “détente”, generate the

REYKJAVIC, THE TRENDY TOWN

When (not if) you decide to visit Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, remember to buy your travel package during the winter, the low season, when prices are lower. The smart move is to go during the summer (July-August), but to buy and book 4-5 months earlier in February-March. You will save more than 50% over a last-minute purchase.   Reykjavik is the last stop before reaching Greenland and the North

PEARLS FROM ICELAND

Icelanders have no last names. The telephone directory is listed alphabetically by first names. All new names given to children must be approved by the Icelandic Naming Committee (Note: there is a similar rule in Argentina, for choosing children’s names).   There are no mosquitoes in Iceland.   Iceland is known as the Land of Fire and Ice. Fire: the island has many lowly or potentially active volcanoes.   The

THE WOMEN OF ICELAND

The women of Iceland are typically: – blonde, – educated, – worldly, – and very friendly.   About 23% are overweight. Morbid obesity (class IV) is unseen.   Iceland is the first country in the world to have had a political party formed ONLY by women: Kvennalistinn (the Women Alliance).   https://www.facebook.com/groups/TraveloGanza/   (O. Robert Jeanlouie, August 21, 2017) The Traveller  

TRAVEL TIP: EVENT RESERVATION

When you book in advance for an event, an attraction, a venue, or for dinner, in a foreign country, please, make sure you have what you intend to have…. Understand that popular venues have homonyms, and corollaries. When you book for Le Louvre Museum in Paris, make sure, you do not book for a restaurant of the same name. If you buy a ticket for Kilimanjaro, make sure you buy

GOODBYE ICELAND, THE LAND OF FIRE AND ICE.

I explored Iceland. I feel inspired. If the free market-based Christian social democracy in vigor in Iceland is enacted in the US, we may have some excellent results. Let us have a dream.   Not a single American is living under the threshold of poverty. No American will lose their house, or go bankrupt because of high-cost medical care; tax-based universal Medicare covers everyone from crib to coffin. Health statistics