Northern Lights

I saw the northern lights for the first time over the weekend, two evenings in a row whilst I was waiting at bus stops. I was still in the city, in as much as Reykjavík is a city, so they were not nearly as good as they would have been if I'd been out in the countryside somewhere, but c'est la vie. It was all green and like gently glittering powder shifting about in the sky. Pretty cool.

No pictures, because I didn't have my camera with me. Even if I had, I don't think it would have captured it properly anyway. Plus what I saw was not even a particularly fine example. I was suitably excited nonetheless.

Another thing I am excited about is that my friend Emily is coming over from England to visit on Thursday. I lived with Emily in Sheffield for three years, in the same room for one of them, and I'm really looking forward to seeing her again. I did see her briefly when I was in London for the afternoon en route to France, but not for very long, and before that it had (unbelievably) been about a year since we last met. Can't wait! There are lots of songs that remind me of Emily, but this is maybe top of the list. I am listening in anticipation.


  1. I thought you would have seen them last winter? Was it not a good year to see them? I heard they popped out in the last week or two of August and it was considered quite unusual, seen from Reykjavik anyway. I'm sure you can sign up to some site that alerts you when they appear, then you can run out and take some nice pictures for me.

  2. Yeah, they definitely happened last winter, but I'm not very observant.