All posts by Kristjan H Kristjansson

Saint Barthélemy

Saint Barthélemy (St. Barths in English) is one of the islands of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. The island is very beautiful and it’s history interesting. I visited it in March 2014.

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The coat of arms of Saint-Barthélemy shows those who have ruled the island. The three gold fleurs-de-lis on blue for France. The white Maltese cross on red for the Knights of Malta and the three gold crowns on blue for Sweden. “Ouanalao” is what the indigenous people called the island.
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Yachting to Santa Catalina Island

Ralph Perez, 1st Vice President and Program Director of the Club, invited me to sail with him on a 38 feet sailboat to Santa Catalina Island in October 2012. We were the only ones on the boat and we both have captain license to sail sailboats. We motor sailed from Long Beach to the Island (26 Nautical miles) which took about 4 hours. We stayed one night on board the boat at the harbor and sailed back the next evening because the infamous Santa Ana storm was expected the day after. On the way back the motor broke down so used only sail, which took about 7 hours in a 6 force (10.8-13.6 m/s) beam reach wind. We had to tack a few times to get the sailboat into the Long Beach harbor. It was great fun and interesting to visit this famous island. Ralph also invited me to speak about my adventures at the Club, which I did. Continue reading Yachting to Santa Catalina Island

Latvia

Latvia is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. It is bordered by Estonia, Lithuania, Russia and Belarus.

I visited Latvia in 2013 and stayed e.g. at the Islande Hotel, which is close to Islandes-skvérs (e. square) in Riga. The reason for the names is that Iceland was the first country to recognize the independence of Latvia in August 1991, but before it was a republic of the Soviet Union. Continue reading Latvia

Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands are between Iceland and Norway. It has been a self-governing country within the Danish Realm since 1948. Tórshavn is the capital and largest town, where about 17.000 people live of the total of about 49,709 population of the islands.

I live in Iceland, which has always had a very good relationship with the Faroe Islands. The Faroese government was the first one to offer a loan to Iceland, shortly after the economic crash there in 2008.

I have taken the ferry MS Norröna, when I wanted to take my car to Denmark for traveling around Europe. The ferry is owned by Smyril Line (smyrilline.com), which is a Faroese shipping company. The ferry is similar to a cruise ship and has one of the best buffet I have had. I took this photos when I stopped over in Tórshavn. Continue reading Faroe Islands

Poland

The first thing I knew about Poland, when I was growing up in Iceland, was the Polish candy bar Prince Polo. It was very popular in Iceland to drink Coca Cola with Prince Polo. At that time Poland was a satellite state of the Soviet Union so this combination was like mixing capitalism with communism. Prince Polo has been the most popular candy bar in Iceland for 60 years and it is estimated that each Icelander eats about half a kilo of Prince Polo every year. Continue reading Poland