Gullkistan, residency for creative people

The Gullkistan residency was founded in spring 2009 and is now run all year round, it has grown more popular every year and is often fully booked so you have to organize your trip early to Gullkistan! At Eyvindartunga the farm, where there is room for about 6-10 people.  A work studio is in a renovated barn at the farm: Eyvindartunga is about 10 minutes walk from the village Laugarvatn which is in the middle of the Golden Circle!

The accommodation is fully equipped and there is internet access everywhere. There is  also a small old jeep belonging to the residency which can be borrowed for shorter excursions for a small fee so you can travel around the beautiful neighbourhood area.

Gullkistan has also been a place for seminars, courses in art, exhibitions of art and open studios but the guests so far are mostly visual artists as well as writers, musicians, designers, photographers, filmmakers and scientists.

Gullkistan is very family friendly and they accept applications the whole year round. You can get more info at gullkistan.is or on their facebook page. There you can find stories from former visitors and their work,  info about the place, the company, the owners, see many photos and more so please contact if you‘re interested.

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Al Andalus Spanish Language School

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Are you planning on going to Spain for a vacation? Why not learning the language at the same time!

Al Andalus Spanish Language School is situated in the old part of Tarifa in Spain, just a stone’s throw from the beach and within the city walls which were erected in the Tenth century by Arabs which then controlled Andalucia.
They offer a grand variety of courses; from standard Spanish classes to combined courses such as “ Spanish and kite / windsurf” “ Spanish and gastronomy” “ Spanish and outdoors activities” “Spanish and flamenco” and etc.

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The people at Al Andalus believe that the best way to learn Spanish is by tapping into the amazing Andalusian culture and carry out your hobbies at the same time.
Their motto is;  The most effective way of learning Spanish is by putting it into praxis! Apart from doing the traditional grammar part in class they take their students around to nice places and make them participate in the daily life of the Andalusian people.
Tarifa is a great place and everybody can find something of their interest.
Tarifa is cosmopolitan, fun and artistic and very well known as the “Mecca” of kite surfing and windsurfing. As well it is a perfect place to practice yoga and enhance the spiritual part of your life.

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Their team will help you making the best out of your stay and offers you a very personalized attention at any time.

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A surprising Entering of 4

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I always like good surprises as much as the next guy, especially when a band suddenly comes out with a great new album with no notice. Hjaltalín, the critically acclaimed indie band, came out with a brand new studio album in last December, Enter 4. There had been some rumors about activity in the band which hasn‘t made new material since 2009. Terminal was a great album but this one is truly something else. The albums atmosphere is great all throughout and sometimes you can‘t believe it is a Hjaltalín album.  With the light opening it goes from smooth bass lines to very dramatic heavy songs which make a masterpiece. The song Ethereal is perhaps an expression of depression from the song writer Högni and it truly makes you feel something heavy. A very, very good album from Hjaltalín and the artwork is no worse than the music, with humor in using Teitur Magnússon as a model, who is known for looking a lot like Högni himself.

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Book Review About Harry Potter and the Philosopher´s Stone

ImageHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the first novel that J. K. Rowling wrote. This is the first book in the Harry Potter’s series. The book was first published in Great Britain in 1997 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. The book is a fantasy about a young boy named Harry Potter that finds out that he’s a wizard and how his life changes because of it.  J.K. Rowling wrote this book to amuse children and let their imagination go wild. The main theme of the book is that the good always conquer the evil.

The protagonist of the story is an eleven years old boy named Harry Potter. He‘s an orphan and lives with his aunt Petunia and her family. At his eleventh birthday he finds out that he’s a wizard and everything in his life changes. The other major characters in the book are Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. They become Harry’s best friends in the school and are with him in all his adventures.

The author keeps the reader in chain. There is always something exciting going on. It’s well written and good English, not very complicated vocabulary. J.K. Rowling has got many children to read, much more than she did expect. She never thought it would get so popular. This book has almost everything that a good book needs; it has drama, love, hater, excitement, friendship, loyalty and sorrow. Rowling must have a very good imagination because it´s not easy to get all these ideas of magical creatures and spells but still have them rather realistic. The book has everything for good book, both for children and grownups. It’s catchy and not very hard to read. This book can be recommended to everybody who likes a good fantasy.

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Daði Geir

Great danish film making; Jagten (The Hunt)

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The Hunt is a terrifically convincing story of a terrible incident. Lucas is a divorced kinder garden teacher who’s great with children and he obviously loves his job. He lives in a small town and a close society where everybody knows everyone. His best friend has a little girl around 5 years old who Lucas often takes care of because her parents aren’t always too careful about her. The girl falls in love with Lucas because of his kindness too her. He is then wrongfully accused of sexually abusing this young daughter of his best friend. This has dramatic effects in the small town as you might imagine. He is abused by the society and almost everyone is convinced that he did it. He tries to hold his pride and he will not be treated like a monster but it is a hard swim against the current. It’s a heartbreaking story and very credible. It’s a known problem for kinder garden teachers that get too attached to kids that they will fall in love with them. The film makes you sympathise greatly with Lucas. It also makes you want to hate the girl but her innocence is also shown well and how it isn’t in any way her fault. All around a well made film which takes you on a ride of sympathy.

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Are You Looking for a Place You Can Go to, to Relax and Enjoy Yourself?

If you read the headline and thought “yes, that’s exactly something I need,” you should read further. If the house on the picture charms you and you could imagine living there for about one month you should contact us. We are a family that lives in Italy in this house on the right. We really want to go somewhere else in our vacation. The countries we’d like to visit the most are Iceland, Sweden, Thailand, Columbia or Greenland. We’re looking for people who are ready to exchange houses for a month. My family contains four people, me, my wife and our 7 and 15 year old daughters. We are all really orderly, clean and non-smokers. If you are ready to agree to this contract please contact me at: johnjohnsson@gmail.com

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Hera Björk, the Diva From Iceland

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One off the grater singer in Iceland is middle age old women named Hera Björk Þórhallsdóttir. She was born in the year 1972 in March 29th. Music is well known in her family and probably did she have the singing skills it with the milk of her mother. She is singer to. Hera was only young girl when she started singing. For her twelfth birthday had she recorded some children´s songs and been in television commercials. Sixteen years old did she won her first singing competition and when she was in College in 1991 she got the second place in national College Singing Competition. After that was her offered all kinds of role in musicals and started singing with various bands. Hera has released three albums and is working on her forth. “Ilmur af jólum” was the first album and came out 2000, only Christmas songs. Then came the album “Hera Björk” in 2006 and in 2010 came the album “Je Ne Sais Quoi”, she made it because she was competing in the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo that same year. Now is she working on new album for especially for Spanish-speaking people.

Hera started studying singing and vocal techniques at the Reykjavík Academy of Singing and Vocal Arts in the year 1989. Then in 2004 did she move to Copenhagen to learn more about singing. It was advanced singing technique at the Complete Vocal Institute (CVI). She finished it and graduated as a certified CVI teacher and started teaching it all over Europe and worked as a vocal coach for television.Image

Hera is Eurovision fan. She competed in the Icelandic Eurovision preselection in 2007  but got not very high then. She did though get to the final with the song Mig dreymdi. That year did Eiríkur Hauksson go for Iceland with the song Valentine Lost. But in 2008 and 2009 did she go with the Icelandic entries as a back singer. In 2009 did she compete in Melodi Grand Prix the Eurovision preselection in Denmark. There did it went well on four her and almost won. She ended in second place after duel. Her song was Someday. But in 2010 did she won the preselection in Iceland with the song that she had made with her friend Örlygur Smári. The song name was Je Ne Sais Quoi. She got the third place in the semi final with 123 points and ended in 19th place with 41 points. She has been very popular after that especially for gay people all over the world. Like she made the Gay Pride song Feel the Love tonight in 2011 and became the Gay Pried song that year in many other countries then Iceland.Image

The newest that happened to Hera in her business was that she competed in very big song contest in Chile called the Vina del Mar International Song Contest in February 2013. Millions of people in South-America watch on this contest and is much bigger than Eurovision. She competed with the song Because You Can that she had on her album in 2010. From the first day in Chile did the people in Chile like her and her song sounded all around the country. She got into the final and in the end did she stand as the winner. Now she is working on new album to follow this victory and the songs will both be in English and Spanish. More information about Hera on her FacebookImage

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