Traveling Tony: Iceland Bound

Mayor Anthony A. Williams quietly left town yesterday for four days of "personal travel." At first, his staff wouldn't say where he went. But I eventually got spokesman Vince Morris to acknowledge that the mayor and his wife have jetted off to Iceland.

Why Iceland? Morris said he knew only that it was some kind of "big food thing."

Food. Iceland. End of Feburary. Plug it all into Google and you get the Reykjavik Food and Fun Festival, Feb. 22 to 25, in which "world-acclaimed chefs" compete to make wonderful dishes out of native Icelandic ingredients. Of the 12 competitors, four are Washingtonians, including chefs from 1789, Charlie Palmer Steak house, Cafe Saint-Ex and Kaz Sushi Bistro.

As for the mayor and his wife, they'll likely have more to do than just cheer on the hometown chefs. The food festival coincides with the Reykjavik Winter Lights Festival, Feb. 23 to 26, an annual celebration of the growing light after a long dark winter.

And you thought the mayor was going to spend more time at home during his final year in office!


By Lori Montgomery |  February 24, 2006; 11:00 AM ET
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Doesn't Rejkyavick's toursim board have a new slogan for wintertime? I heard it's something like

"Come to Iceland. We've got 20 hours worth of nightlife packed into every day"

Posted by: EP Sato | February 24, 2006 12:50 PM

That's not all it is know for! Ask any single guy who has travelled there or pick up a magazine like Maxim and it will tell you how there is a role reversal when it comes to nightlife. Supposedly all the native Icelandic guys are not that experienced when it comes to personal hygiene and are often away on fishing boats and oil rigs so the women usually take the initiative when it comes to meeting guys. If I were Mrs. Williams I would keep a close eye on ol' Tony boy while they are there.

Posted by: Sparky jr | February 24, 2006 02:22 PM

So the Mayor takes a 4 day vacation and you take a dig at him? Pathetic.

Posted by: Sam Farmer | February 25, 2006 10:28 AM

Wait a just a sec, if our "War Time" President who supposedly has the war on Iraq on his mind every day, can take month long jaunts to his faux ranch and waste time on a golf cart, I think this Mayor can take 4 days off...

Nice dumb dig. Sounds like it was written by Ward 3 resident.

Posted by: EG | February 26, 2006 11:58 AM

I'm not one way or the other on Tony...

But there is a certain irony to a bunch of Post "bloggers" who regularly take 3-4 days off from the blog, complaining Tony's takking 4 days off to Iceland.

Posted by: You know | February 26, 2006 07:08 PM

Tony Williams should go away and come back when he can't stay longer.

I cannot wait until this sell out is out of office and how come his mother doesn't pay her bills and always fights everyone over it?

Posted by: Go Away Tony Forever | February 26, 2006 10:23 PM

I don't blame the mayor for leaving. It's just a little colder, and the'll feed you! Tax Free....

Posted by: Metro Mike | February 27, 2006 11:18 AM

To clarify: We are not Post "bloggers." We are Post "staff writers." Which means we post items here in addition to writing stories for the actual newspaper, which is a full-time job.

Second, no one is taking a dig at the mayor for taking a 4-day break. However, after spending approximately 1 day in 3 out of the city last year, the mayor did promise to cut down on travel THIS year. Given recent trips to various locales, and now this jaunt to Iceland, it remains to be seen whether that promise will be fulfilled.

Posted by: Lori Montgomery | February 27, 2006 04:48 PM

You tell 'em Lori.

By the way, while you were not blogging you put together a good piece, "Donors Hedge D.C. Mayoral Bets." Let's hope we see more such reporting on DC politics in the Metro section; the medium (in print and online) where most local voters still get their info.

Also, the salmon was a good call. Did you recommend it with Iceland on your mind?

Posted by: CT | February 27, 2006 06:27 PM

um, no, CT. the salmon is just a favorite of my small child (for ordering but not, alas, for eating). glad you liked it!

besides, if you check out the dcist's post on the mayor's trip to iceland, you'll see that traditional delicacies there lean more toward sour ram's testicles, burned sheep heads and rotten shark:

http://www.dcist.com/archives/2006/02/24/williams_savors.php

Posted by: Lori Montgomery | February 27, 2006 08:43 PM

"We are not bloggers," saith the reporter.

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/dcwire/

Damn peculiar url for something that's not a blog.

Nonetheless with the last post the six of you could manage coming out 4+ days ago, I agree with you. You are not bloggers and this is not a blog.

Posted by: David in DC | February 28, 2006 11:37 AM

"We are not bloggers."

Well, that's pretty apparent. It's also pretty apparent that neither the writers, nor the post "get" what this whole "blogging" thing is about.

Posted by: BrodyV | February 28, 2006 11:56 AM

Blogs are two-way streets.

How about some help from the Peanut Gallery?

Email political tips and intelligence of the low-hanging fruit variety to these bloggers, and maybe you'll see more frequent posts, and possibly with your spin included.

Posted by: CT | February 28, 2006 02:33 PM

Why do bloggers have to have such a chip on their shoulder about how frequently they post to their blog? The whole blogging medium allows anybody to say whatever they want, however they want, and whenever they want...published to the interweb for all to see. But why do people who post to blogs all day long feel like they have the trump rule for defining what qualifies as a blog and who is a blogger?

Posted by: AJS | March 1, 2006 09:16 AM

I have always felt that bloggers are politically to far to the left or too far to the right but rarely in the middle.

Posted by: Johnny Bad | March 5, 2006 09:08 PM

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