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This photo originally appeared on Iceland Eyes in October 2007. It was also selected by my editor to be in our book, Reykjavik (you can read a review of the book here). It's a somehow evocative shot, and fits well with Vala Arnadóttir's image in the previous post : )

From the original post in October 2007: Something about this scene, even though it involves a trash can, seemed pretty to me. Probably the colors, and the idea that the owner of this double stroller has passed out of that phase of their life and is moving on. Out with the old and all that.

The city of Reykjavik has also been cleaning house recently, saying good riddance to our mayor of a year and a half due to a scandal involving a public utility and private profiteers. It's a complicated series of events involving power plays, money and alliances that, frankly, are beyond my desire to understand. Ahh, politics. Sometimes a simple scene like the one above and the story it seems to tell are very welcome in our often overly-convoluted civic lives.

Our political situation is not any prettier three years later but is, as a matter of fact, much worse. As usual, I will let the Reykjavik Grapevine tell you all more about our latest protests.

In the meantime, perform a little random act of kindness, ok?


Taiteelliset eväät said...

It is a great colorful picture that will put your ideas to run what is going on.
Autumn greetings from Finland. Markku

Miriam Sagan said...

Maria--I love the blog--I am wondering if I might re-blog an entry or two at Miriam's well ( It is a US literary blog, with an Iceland section.
You can reach me at

Iceland Eyes said...

Thank you, Markun, and Miriam, of course, you are more than welcome to re-post the work seen here, with appropriate citing of source.