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Margrét Erla is a born-and-bred-101-gal

By Sara McMahon

  • Margrét Erla Maack lives in down-town Reykjavík, where everything is within five minutes walking distance. Photo/Valli

Margreét Erla Maack’s stomping ground is down town Reykjavík, 101 being the postal code for the neighbourhood.

Name and occupation: Margrét Erla Maack, circus artist, belly dancer, dance instructor, DJ, and comedian, among other things.

Spouse: “Nah.”

Children: “Not that I know of.”

Where do you live? “Óðinsgata, 101 Reykjavík.”

For how long have you lived in the neighbourhood? “My whole life, apart from six months spent in postal code 105, nine months in Mývatnssveit, and three months in New York.”

What‘s the best thing about your neighbourhood? “My family lives close by. Everything is within five minutes walking distance (one minute on the Vespa). The dance studio where I teach is there and the places where I work. And it’s full of life.”

What is a must­see or do in your neighbourhood? 
Snaps, the neighborhood bistro, serves good food. When the weather is nice I like to grab pizza from Eldsmiðjan and hang out in the garden in front of the Einar Jónsson Museum.”

Hótel Holt is basically in my backyard and I love having secret meetings in the hotel bar. This is where most of my circus and comedy plots are laid. Also, they have the best happy hour in town.”

“Bravó and Harlem are my favourite bars, basically because that’s where me and my friends play music and host things we like. The owners trust us for crazy karaoke nights, bingo, and DJ-ing. Those places are my Cheers.”

“Sundhöllin swimming pool is a beautiful place to visit. And my old schools, Austurbæjarskóli and Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík are my favourite buildings in down-town Reykjavík.”

Does the area have a famous landmark? “People seem to love Hallgrímskirkja church. It is a dangerous place to visit, though. I’ve seen smart people get distracted and stop in the middle of traffic to take photos of it.”

Hallgrímskirkja church sits on top of Skólavörðuholt hillock. Photo/Stefán Karlsson


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