Normally when I talk about websites on the blog I tell you all about it’s features and why I think it would be useful for you. So far, for example, I’ve told you about Já.is (the Icelandic phone registry online), Samferda.net (an Icelandic ride share website) and Gulur.is (a must-have tool for bus users in Reykjavík). I’m not going to do that today because it’s not really about the website in this case. In fact, I hardly ever visit it. At this point you might be thinking why I’m recommending a website that I hardly ever visit but don’t worry, I’m about to tell you.
Introducing: The World Largest Supper Club
Last night Special Reporter Helga and I were invited to a marvelous event in an empty building by the sea that involved good food, great people, some sparkles and a fantastic all male choir. It was the world largest supper club and it was organized by Inspired by Iceland. When we arrived we were greeted with seat tickets and Helga almost fainted when she discovered that we wouldn’t be sitting together and that the numbers on our tickets were completely random. The nice lady that greeted us saw our reaction and told us that this was our chance to meet new people and show them what Icelanders are all about.
There were about 200 people in the room and I’m not sure all the foreign visitors realized that they were dining with some of Iceland’s most interesting people. There were musicians, politicians, stand up comedians, artists and chefs mixed with students, bloggers (whoop whoop) and happy Reykjavíkians ready to have a good time. Plus all the fun foreign guests of course. Sitting around me was a butcher from New York, team members of a pretty travel and food magazine called Cereal and of course in a true Icelandic fashion some friends of my friends.
The best part of all was that it was completely free and everyone that wanted to be a part of it could apply through the Inspired by Iceland website. See, I told you I’d get to why you need to bookmark Inspired by Iceland eventually.
Back to Inspired by Iceland
Inspired by Iceland is basically a marketing campaign that sprung out of a little PR crises in the midst of a volcanic eruption by the infamous Eyjafjallajökull. You all thought Iceland was sinking and we had to let you know that it was not. It’s funded by the government and the Icelandic tourism industry and it has won all kind of awards for creative new ways in connecting with visitors and giving them a chance to get to know the Icelandic people. They were the reason those lucky few got to eat pancakes with the president, they brought to you the little house of music and food and they even inspired the boyfriend and I to invite a bunch of people to our home on New Years Eve in 2011. Which is on its way to become a tradition because we did it again in 2012.
Helga and I had a blast last night and we wouldn’t have wanted to miss it for the world. The food was fabulous (especially the starter – yum!), the entertainment excellent and the sparkles we got on our way out just made our night. We would never have known about all this if we weren’t following Inspired by Iceland on Twitter and Facebook. Don’t miss out, follow them too!