Björk in our local supermarket in Reykjavik

Seven years later, once again, I bumped into Björk in our local supermarket in Reykjavik, Rekagranda district.
bjork in the local supermarket 1 look at me as a tigercat she is!
Was it such a magic surprise or/and coincidence again?
FasTFatum (Igor Calzada) – Björk & Marilym
A looked at me, I looked at him. Yes, she was, again. She was “she”.

Once in 2007 August, I was shocked when firstly I saw her: it was in the private club downstairs the National Theater, smooth red in candles, subtle and soft. 30 people no more. And I was the clueless tourist in the middle of September in Reykjavik a Saturday evening, cover with my red scarf and my green pullover.
After all, It was a magic evening. Everything started when the inuit poet sat next to me and whisper: “She is veryyyyyy famous”…refering to the electric, almost icelandic lynx jumping to the club floor coming downstairs. And she sat close by too! It was 2007. Inuit poet spent all the night long painting waves & whales in several post-its, stamping one by one in our the round table that he inuit poet, “she” and me, shared. It was a extraordinary way to end up my rind road trip in Iceland:
I spent 10 days driving along the ring road in Iceland, alone, driving and living with the most extraordinary landscape a human being can really deserve. I had some incredible accident when I was stuck at 2am at night -10 Celcius degrees between Akureyri and Seydisfjordur. I could not reach the accomodation and an emergency shelter come up out of the blue in the icelandic black night (around many white swams). It is a signal. I spent there the night. Long story, long night. Good memories, not lost in Iceland though.
Nevertheless, let’s come back to the plot of the story with “she” in 2007: In the National Theater club the Icelandic TV employed 3 cameramen to broadcast the event. Indeed, MúM band petit-committee gig, with a privilege small audience: an inuit poet, Björk, icelandic creative musical/literature magma and the clueless astonished basque tourist, myself.
Being that nervous and eager, I exchanged 2-3 minutes conversation with “her”. We talked about Whales, after me introducing my origin. Whales and whalers, while the inuit poet quietly was painting hundreds of waves and just one whale in each post-it and then he posted and pasted on the table.
Magic.

bjork in the local supermarket 2 magic surprise
7 years later, the crash of Icelandic economy and society as a whole happened. Once again, I was researching such a amazing country and territory. But in this case, a witness, a traveler, a researcher and a friend, shared with me such a magic moments: He is A.
We heard people’s voice, opinion and attitude. We felt that magma and the earth heating is not just simply a volcanic fact; sometimes it can be also a human behavior. As the anger and the heat that we felt in September 2013.
We found some black cat-tigers in the white Iceland.
But the lynx was there, in front of me:
She behaved electrically. She moved quickly but what we did not understand was that her trolley was full of stuff. Indeed, it was a huge shopping cart full of sweets. She looked very very hectic. I cannot control and I did not want to behave as a clumsy tourist; mainly because A and myself did not feel as outsiders or tourists. Kindly, we were hosted by M & B. We talked and discussed about many things. Therefore, it was not any reason to behave as foreigners in the local supermarket of “our” neighborhood, the day we thought it was important to buy food and become cook for one night, or try at least to do our best. We cooked the outcome was ok though.
These pictures have been in my mind since September, maybe more things as well.
Bjork in the local supermarket is she? 3
It is time to discover why “she” did a huge shopping. Already we know it:
Bjork in the local supermarket Reykjavik car 4
The next Saturday 5th October, it was the celebration for the birthday of “her”: Isadora (3th Oct.)
The Sugarcubes – Birthday (Icelandic)
Now, I understand everything.

And yes, everything was once again, magic.
Eskerrik asko / Takk fyrir @bjork
We will keep on dreaming every night from the Reykjavik rekagranda district, Donostia, Oxford or wherever, with white wales surrounded by waves in the black Icelandic magic and quiet night.
Bjork in the Local Supermarket Reykjavik car 5

Islandia (Iceland, my first song). Harcourt Arms, Oxford (UK). 14th April 2013.

Iceland, lived in a light bulb though,
Iceland reminded us the similar euphoria that feels when we have not lost the last train
Iceland was always in the bar, with a pint with crossed arms in the desk and wearable long shirt buttons were always free.

You’re my only addiction, her sweaters showed (and maybe she was speaking to her pint)
You’re my only addiction, she replied, and we smiled out of the blue

…While
someone
punctured
our
bike
‘s
wheels
with
a
needle
uses
to
tatto
aeroplanes
in
our
hearts

We
slept
in
bicycles´
cemeteries
and
we
had
many
broken
tricycles
undiscovered
still

/ /


Islandia, berriz bonbila baten barruan bizi zen
Islandiak azken trena ez galtzearen antzeko euforia gogorarazten zuen
Islandia tabernetan egoten zen, beti besoak mostradorean gurutzatuta garagardo batekin eta alkandora luzearen eskumuturreko botoiak beti askatuta zituela

You’re my only addiction, zioen bere jertseak eta garagardoari ari zitzaion akaso
You’re my only addiction, erantzuten zuen berak, eta guk irribarre egiten genuen oharkabean

Norbaitek
bizikletako
gurpilak
zulatzen
zizkigun
bitartean,
bihotzetan
aeroplanoak
tatuatzeko
orratz
batekin

Guk
bizikleten
hilerrian
egiten
genuen
lo
eta
triziklo
apurtuz
betetako
kanposantu
asko
geratzen
zitzaizkigun
ezagutzeke.
//

Sigur Ros in Manchester 3rd March 2013

I arrived 2 hours earlier. Not a big queu. But quiet, people in it. Now weird not posh not…alternatives. Just people.
3500 people gathered in the gig. Almost lots of them on the seating section. I was in stalls. But I started the guest artist in the seating highest seat of the O2Apollo venue. Then I went back to the Stalls…to the hell….and Seaglopur.
Just Icelandic great earthly strenght from somewhere.
Manchester “music expert” audience…was quiet and stuck. Maybe, because they do not know what to do with such as big musical hurricane.
Icelandics gave us, and specially to the Manchester “posh” audience a great demostration about how music could be understood and show in a broad audience, while pictures, movements and a big amount of musical arragements details could be played, like in a icelandic aurora boreal vast constellation.
We all stuck.
The one with soul&heart, were delighted.
Takk Takk Sigur Ros to let us dream, to ever dream.
Ftf.

Hell’s Ditch

The Pogues – Hell’s Ditch
Iceland-eko barrunbeetatik haratago, infernura iristen gara.
Inpernua, bai, inpernuan bizi gara.
Soinu zingaro, ijito eta enparauekin.
Bai eta ahuntzarekin ere.
Gertu leku guztietatik.
Shane McGowan will sing with no end.
Shane will drink the last bottle of Jameson whiskey with no end.
Shane will be an idiot.
And me and you will be stuck looking at him, looking and passing the time, without doing anything at all.
It is late.

Berandu dabiltza.

Eta jada bukaera da.
Ftf.