This past August I fulfilled an old promise and finally visited my good friend Niko, who lives in Skopje— Macedonia’s capital city. It is unlike anyplace I have ever been before, with a vibe that mixes the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean, Near Eastern, and Balkan regions with a hint of Disneyland. But what is life like for locals? I asked Niko to find out.
On a recent trip to Reykjavik I stumbled upon a rather unexpected sight; a local jazz festival at Harpa, the city’s concert hall. On stage was a Anna Sóley, a young Icelandic musician with a voice so powerful that I had to meet her. After her set, we spoke about life, music, and Iceland’s future.