The distant islands fantasy travel thread

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by humblebee » Wed Nov 14, 2012 22:40

Been back to the Aleutians this week. Unalaska, anyone? It looks like it's made of sugar.

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by humblebee » Wed Dec 05, 2012 20:45

Battleship Island on BBC1 right now, people!

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by halfboyhalfcupcake » Tue Feb 12, 2013 17:36

I'm a total islomaniac. Really considering going to apply for a job at the far, far, far northern Norwegian weather stations next winter at Jan Mayen, Hopen or Bjørnøya.

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by humblebee » Tue Feb 12, 2013 20:31

halfboyhalfcupcake wrote:I'm a total islomaniac. Really considering going to apply for a job at the far, far, far northern Norwegian weather stations next winter at Jan Mayen, Hopen or Bjørnøya.
I so wish I'd done stuff like that when I was 18! Good luck.

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by crystalball » Tue Feb 12, 2013 22:02

humblebee wrote:
halfboyhalfcupcake wrote:I'm a total islomaniac. Really considering going to apply for a job at the far, far, far northern Norwegian weather stations next winter at Jan Mayen, Hopen or Bjørnøya.
I so wish I'd done stuff like that when I was 18! Good luck.
God, yeah.

It sounds wonderful, Magnus. Hope it works out for you. Had a lovely hour or so going round those islands and, once you get past the Ikea beds, Hopen looks breathtaking:

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by crystalball » Wed Feb 13, 2013 14:37

Please say hello to where I'd like to be today. Mykines, in the Faroe Islands:

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This is right and pretty much everything else is wrong.

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Post by humblebee » Wed Feb 13, 2013 16:04

So pretty! Shall we go there? The Faroe Islands are only up there, aren't they.

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Post by lynsosaurus » Fri Feb 15, 2013 00:05

They're almost Scotland. Let's all go!

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Post by halfboyhalfcupcake » Fri Feb 15, 2013 00:22

I'm in!
Also just discovered that helicopter fares from the airport to Mykines are 14£ or so. Now that is amazing.

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Post by lynsosaurus » Fri Feb 15, 2013 15:14

That's well cheaper than Edinburgh taxis, I'll tell you that much.

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Post by humblebee » Wed Mar 13, 2013 17:16

Look, if you're going to give an island a name like that, how do you expect me not to be obsessed?

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by lynsosaurus » Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:49

HOW DO WE GET THERE WHEN CAN WE GO OH PLEASE LET'S GO

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by halfboyhalfcupcake » Wed Mar 27, 2013 01:17

How to get there:
Catch a plane from wherever you are to Reykjavik, Iceland.
Then another to Ilulissat on Greenland.
Then get a ferry (the company's called Diskoline) or a helicopter ride to Disko Island.

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Post by crystalball » Wed Mar 27, 2013 07:06

Oh God.

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Post by humblebee » Sun Mar 31, 2013 10:32

Not so distant this time: North Brother, "an unpopulated island in the middle of New York City".

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Post by lynsosaurus » Sun Mar 31, 2013 13:37

Ooh, I was reading about that the other day. It combines two of my favourite things: islands and abandoned shit.

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by oasupp » Sun Mar 31, 2013 14:57

talking about "abandoned shit" (and entitling berlin at least as an ex-island), this should appeal to you... they found a music hall somewhere in a berlin back yard last year, which was forgotten for about 80 years (and unfortunately will be rebuilt as a yuppie-scum restaurant or so)... here are some photos:

http://www.berliner-kurier.de/kiez-stad ... 35520.html
http://www.bz-berlin.de/bezirk/mitte/va ... mage7.html

i think it's amazing.
i know where syd barret lives

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by humblebee » Thu May 02, 2013 14:35

What's that, Anorak? You want a picture of the bus shelter on Unst, the most northerly inhabited island of the UK, which has a sofa and a TV inside, is known locally as 'Bobby's Bus Shelter' after the child who wrote to the council and made them change their minds about closing it, and is maintained by the local residents and redecorated every year with a different theme or colour scheme?

Oh, alright then!

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by crystalball » Thu May 02, 2013 15:04

The world's all right sometimes, isn't it.

I'm a bit obsessed with Unst. I've got the job ads page on their website bookmarked and check it every so often. You never know.

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