After arriving in Reykjavik yesterday we met with the group at the hotel and went to a place for dinner a bit later.
Today started as a rainy day. However even with this kind of weather Reykjavik has charm.
Since I always love to have a nice cup of espresso I fired up Foursquare to look for a recommended coffee or roaster and found the Reykjavík Roasters a very lovely place where they serve an excellent espresso.
Later that morning we met with Chris and some other people from our group to have a photo walk around the city. We first went to Hallgrímskirkja a very modern looking church that was build from 1945-1986.
After having another nice coffee and conversations we made our way to the harbour where we discovered a hill that looked interesting to us. We eventually found a way to this strange looking landmark passing old ships that were converted to playgrounds. At the top of this artificial hill there is a wooden shack with fish inside that was hung there to dry.
In the evening we met Tim Vollmer how organised our whole trip through Iceland. Originally coming from Germany Tim has chosen Iceland as his home nine years ago.
We learned about what to expect in the next few days and I have to say that I became even more excited.
Later that evening Tim took us out for dinner in a place called Grillmarkaðinn where we had a fantastic three course menu with each course being excellent on its own. I think we all had a great evening.
Tomorrow will leave very early and get a flight to Höfn and the Vatnajökull glacier.
I’m anxious to see what Tim and Chris will show us tomorrow.
On my way to Iceland
Today I’m leaving Berlin for a one week photo journey in Iceland.
The tour is organized by Chris Marquardt (www.discoverthetopfloor.com). I’ve already had the pleasure of learning a lot about photography from Chris on some of his great workshops.
I’m looking forward to an awesome week of stunning impressions with great people.
This is my most loved fountain pen. It’s a LAMY studio imperialblue. I love the color and it’s weight. I love how it feels in my hand when I’m writing.
The LAMY (steel) nibs are generally a bit broader than other nibs and although I prefer fine lines like I will get from a Pilot F nib I’m using my LAMY most of the time.
Until now I was using an EF steel nib since this is the finest you can get with the imperialblue. For a long time I wanted to try a gold nib on one of my pens. There are versions of this pen with a 14k gold nib but I don’t like the available colors of the pens.
A few weeks ago I was talking to a salesperson in a stationary store and learned that you can get the front part containing the gold nib as a replacement part and that they are compatible with my imperialblue pen. So I ordered a part with an EF nib and finally got my most loved fountain pen with a gold nib.
I didn’t do a lot of writing with the EF nib yet since the finest you find in stores is the F nib of this pen but the first impression is very good. It’s writing much softer than the steel nib and the line seems to be a bit finer on the gold nib.
LAMY AL-star bluegreen is finally here!
After looking for it for some weeks now I stumbled about this nice LAMY AL-star bluegreen in a local stationary store. Looks as if regular sale finally also started in Germany.
It’s a really nice looking color also it looks more like a GREENblue to me ;)
What I like about the LAMY AL-star special editions is that they are priced like the regular pens of this type.
I was a bit shocked when I saw how the saleswomen changed the nib with a coin on the table (it’s just a cheap low end all day fountain pen right?). Although I will probably never write with this pen I just love the LAMY EF nib.
My Chipolo arrivied today. The packaging alone is gorgeous. Can’t wait to play with them.
Got this little guy today and hopefully will be able to play around with it in the next days.
My 2013 and 2014 diary. The brown color comes from the Midori Travelers notebook I’ve carried in the same pocket.
This week I got my second delivery from the Hobonichi Store. When I saw this nice cover I wanted to “upgrade” from the blue cover I got in the first place because I like leather covers for notebooks and such. Also I have to say that the blue polyester cover has a very high quality and nice color. I may switch covers if I know that I will take my Hobonichi Planner to some trip where it might get a bit rougher.
Speaking of taking the planner with me all the time it’s still a bit odd for me to take a separate bag with me. When I switched to a paper diary this year I got a diary that I could carry in my pants pocket all the time. However especially in the summer this turned out to be a bit uncomfortable since it added som extra heat to my leg.
This year I decided to take a small bag with me all the time which would allow me to take a planner, my iPad and a small camera with me all the time. This also allows me to take a bigger planner and after learning about the Hobonichi Planner it seemed like a perfect match. I like the idea of not having tight rules for how to use the planner like a Filofax or my old planner. It takes me out of my comfort zone and I hope it will support my creativity.
At the moment the degree of freedom I get from my new companion still makes me insecure but I’m already starting to experiment with it. In this regard the lesser space I get for each day in December gives me a nice and slow start before I get the full space for each day in January.
Finally the waiting is over! Tomorrow I will start my first Hobonichi Techo year.
One reason why the Microsoft Surface will not be a full Ultrabook/Notebook replacement is because you cannot do something similar to this.
I often see people holding and carrying their notebook by holding one edge of the keyboard.
The Surface for one is missing a stable hinge and beside this the keyboard may not be stiff enough to hold the weight of the tablet.