Reykjavik Winter Morning Wanderings

When I visit Iceland in the winter, my favourite time to stroll the streets of Reykjavík is in the morning, when, until late morning, the city is concealed beneath the long winter night’s cloak and tourists are few and far between.

I left my hotel after nine, while the streets were lit only by lamp posts and shop windows. I wandered through the town all the way to the old harbour, where I waited for the dark to slowly lift and for the sky to turn that ghostly winter blue I love so much.

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 What I was listening to:

The Streets of Tokyo

I could lose myself just wandering through Tokyo’s streets: from the back alleys bursting with tiny bars and restaurants; below the noisy underpasses, and along the wide tree-lined boulevards.

When I lived in Tokyo I wandered for hours but I always had someplace to be at 8 p.m. Work. Now, I just wander, unanchored, and it makes me feel a little lost — but in the mental sense, never in the physical. I can wander through the streets that are imprinted on my muscle memory and never lose my way. I just follow my feet and they guide me through the city I know so deeply that their map seems to exist inside of me.

Shibuya Crossing
Shibuya Crossing
Nishi Azabu: Alley behind my house
Nishi Azabu: Alley behind my house
Gaienmae
Gaienmae
Azabu Juban
Azabu Juban
Roppongi Hills
Roppongi Hills
Aoyama
Aoyama
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Shinjuku Underpass
Shinjuku
Shinjuku
Shinjuku Alley
Shinjuku Alley
Kabukicho
Kabukicho