Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Land of Fire and Ice: Wild Iceland

Over the August bank holiday weekend, Keenan and I along with another couple friend took a little road trip to enjoy the wild beauty of Iceland. Everyone should go to Iceland at least once in their life; it's quite unique and very different from all the places we visited in Europe. It's wild with varied landscapes and natural formations from moss-covered lava fields, spectacular waterfalls, geyers, plate tectonics, and massive glaciers. Without further ado, some photo highlights from our Iceland road-trippin' tour. 

Driving Tour 1 - Golden Circle:  Þingvellir, Gullfoss, and the Geyers, plus Kerið, a volcanic crater.

First stop: Þingvellir, site of the a rift valley marking the mid-Atlantic Ridge. Our friends and us at Öxarárfoss waterfall
 Geysers! It erupted fairly frequently.

 Gullfoss - Admiring this short but powerful waterfall.
 Kerið Crater

 Night tour of Reykajavik -- it was quite cold and it was still summer. 
The Harpa and famous Hallgrímskirkja church

Driving Tour 2: Along the southern coast to Vik

 Enjoyed some glacier hiking and some climbing. Amazing and highly recommended!

 The black beaches on the coastal town of Vik.

 Beautiful Skógafoss and a lovely rainbow

Picturesque waterfall where you can walk behind the waterfall.

Wild landscape and wild horses

The famous Blue Lagoon -- a great way to end our trip.

Monday, August 05, 2013

The Emirates Cup 2013

Preseason football is underway. No, I'm not talking about American football though I understand the official preseason just kicked off, I'm referring to the footie (Americans: soccer). On Saturday, a group of die-hard Arsensal fans got together for Day 1 of the Emirates Cup, which is a pre-season friendly played by four teams and hosted by Arsenal aka 'The Gunners' annually. 

This year's teams included Galatasaray, FC Porto, Napoli, and The Gunners. Each team plays two matches over two days. The competition is based on points where three points are awarded for a win, one point for a draw, and none for a loss. The team with the most points wins the tournament. 

The first match was between Galatasaray and FC Porto which was a rather dull game but we were excited to see Didier Drogba play. Galatasaray won 1-0. The second match between Napoli and Arsenal was far more interesting where Arsenal staged an amazing comeback to equalise at 2-2 but couldn't quite close out the game.

It was a great day out under the glorious sunshine (yes, we're having a real summer!). Even coming from a Tottenham Spurs fan, the Emirates Stadium is always good fun. The best part is being able to walk to Upper Street in Angel for post-game dinner and drinks, this time at John Salt for fun dinner and conversations over craft beers and summery cocktails. 

Look forward to a new season of football on both sides of the pond.