I know, I know, I’ve been slacking. Haven’t posted since November, ouch. WELL, since November a lot has gone down. One of the highlights to top off a rather, well, odd year, was to have a stopover on our way to Denver for the holidays, in the one and only Reykjavík! Iceland has been on my list, but I can’t consider it checked off because I still want to go back and rent a car and explore, BUT Reykjavík was a hoot.

I drew my initial tips from Ashlae (thank you, girl!). What a neat town Reykjavík is. It’s charming and as many know, damn expensive. Imagine, they have to import like everything. Those iconic sweaters are not cheap! I do recommend sucking it up and going if you have the chance though.

With 2 nights and just about 36 hours, we were able to see more than all of Reykjavík. However, depending on the time of year you go, you’ll get more or less daylight. In mid-December, the sun came up around 11am and went down about 3pm, which was a bit hard to get used to, but charming nonetheless as we didn’t plan on venturing out of the city this [short] trip. We didn’t bother exchanging any Icelandic Krona, because we were told by friends that literally everywhere takes card, which was true.

The city center is about a 45-minute bus ride from the airport, and super easy to figure out and book (we went with FlyBus). Downtown almost reminded me of a mix between what I would assume to be a Nordic style and a mountain town: low colorful buildings with shops up and down the main drag with adorable signs hanging out the front. If you stroll along the street called Skólavörðustígur (good luck pronouncing that one), you’ll also get a rad view of the Hallgrimskirkja in the distance (that sort of apocalypic looking church), which, fun fact, was only built in 1986! If you go to the top of it, you can soak in a view of the colorful roofs of the city (no reservations needed in advanced, you just show up and buy tickets in the gift shop that is weirdly inside the church, and then wait in line to go up the elevator). My favorite part about Reykjavík was just the aimless wandering and stopping in places to eat and drink, and you’ll notice quickly there aren’t that many chains besides Subway and Dunkin’ Donuts downtown (although on the bus ride back to the airport, I was super excited to see a drive-thru Taco Bell). The restaurant scene seemed just charming and cozy, with great decor and furniture and healthy meal options (very vegetarian and vegan friendly!). And yes we found local craft beer.

Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur // Hot dog stand
Café Babalú // Café & Restaurant
Geysir // Dreamy local shop where you’ll want to buy everything
Reykjavík Roasters // Coffee shop
Sandholt // Bakery, great for lunch
Skúli Craft Beer Bar // Craft beer & good vibes

Until next time, Iceland!

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This epic video Paris, on t’aime aussi makes my heart all warm and fuzzy.

I’m getting pretty nervous about Tuesday’s election results. I’m a sucker for a well-made video and I found this one particularly good. Sidenote: Beyoncé!

Rachel’s pictures of Colorado always make me feel super homesick.

Our brains need rest, guys.

I recently had dinner at Bien Élevé in Paris, and what a gem! Great food, great space, and takes reservations. Check it out on Instagram.

In case you didn’t see how awesome our trip to Copenhagen was.

Did you grow up watching Peanuts? Major love this Stranger Things mashup. Now I’m super motivated to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas before the holiday season…

Who’s watching The Crown!?

My Sundays are for homemade pizza and movies.

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I’ve been daydreaming of being on the seaside again, oops. This year’s August highlight was 10 days spent in a house that is at the core of my in-law’s soul.

Here you wake up to the sound of the waves, the days seem so short just because you’ve been taking such fresh air and relaxing and lose track of time gazing off into the ocean. Even sitting by the fireplace on the rainy days are rad.

A gem on the seaside, and always complete when grandma brings prawns over for lunch.

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Fall has hit. It’s official. It’s that weird weather where you want to wear a lighter jacket but it’s actually quite chilly, don’t let the sunshine fool you.

Americans abroad, I sure hope you have registered to vote.

New haven in the 17th, Mamma Primi documented by Roxy (I’m stoked cos it’s doable for lunch breaks)

Late to sharing this, but I shared some places I like on Yelp’s “Ma slow rentrée”, check it out!

Completely jealous of Marissa’s Maldives trip. Drool.

If you haven’t seen it, I made a little video documenting my friend Anne getting French nationality.

A stellar review on Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first Dior show.

Celebs on Sandwiches, one of the greatest Instagram accounts.

Not to get too into politics, but here’s an open letter to Mr. Trump from angry women.

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Copenhagen, what a rad city. I’ve already got it in my head that I need to go back with a day dedicated just to the Tivoli Gardens. Charm, local craft beer, deliciously crafted cocktails, design reputation… Copenhagen has it all! I knew from the start I’d like it due to the presence of Mikkeller, Hay and Tiger (3 very dangerous elements for me), and the hot dogs everyone was raving about made it EVEN better.

If you’re going for just a weekend, I’d suggest staying in the smack-dab center, in Nørrebro or in Vesterbro, although if you’re slightly outwards from the city center, the rentable city bikes are so easy to sign up for and also are electric with tablets and GPS. Oh, magical Scandinavia…

Central Hotel & Café // Pinterest-worthy café and hotel with 1 room
Copenhagen Streetfood // Food hall
Døp – den økologiske pølsemand // Hot dog stand
Jægersborggade // Street filled with shops and cafés cute AF
Karamelleriet // Sweet shop
Lidkoeb // Cocktail bar
Manfreds // Trendy spot great for dinner
Mikkeller & Friends // Craft beer bar
Mother // Pizza place recommended by someone I totally trust
Neighborhood // Organic pizzeria & cocktail palace
Nyhavn // Touristy but photogenic canal
Ruby // Dapper cocktail bar
Warpigs // Brewpub

Chronicles of this trip are also on my Instagram with #kobenhavnwithmeg.