Endgame: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Bobby Fischer by Frank Brady
I read Endgame by Frank Brady in March 2016
Bobby Fischer still is of some fame today, thirty years ago he was known across the globe. And made Reykjavik and Iceland famous world wide too. A simple game of chess captivated audiences around the world, culminating in victory to the lonely American, taking the trophy from the mighty Soviet chess system. The cold war across the board, where the Russians always had been way stronger, was suddenly won by the US.
One Summer by Bill Bryson
I read One Summer by Bill Bryson in February 2016
The summer of 1927 was an extraordinary summer in America. Charles Lindbergh was the first one to fly non-stop across the pacific ocean, Babe Ruth was hitting home-runs like never before, America was the center of the world. The richest, most powerful country that ever existed. The stock market was booming, the future looked promising.
I visited Hudson River and New York in April, 2010
New York City by night, seen from a boat on the Hudson River, is beautiful. The scyscrapers, the lights, the skyline. For a long time I just stood watching the city, the lights. It was quite a sight.
The Statue of Liberty
I visited New York while Eyjafjallajökull erupted in April, 2010
I was at home, packing for our weekend in New York, when my grandmother called to tell me about the volcanic eruption in Iceland. Apparently plane traffic in Europe could come to a complete stop because of it, putting our trip to New York in Jeopardy. Værnes, the airport in Trondheim still wasn’t closed, the airline told us to show up at the airport, no one knew what would happen.