32 episodes

Your homo/negro report from Iceland. Join Jonas and Lydia, two Texan-Americans living in Iceland, as they crack wise about what they find noteworthy about their adopted country. From gobbling pickled ram’s testicles and public pooping to social commentary and tips for visitors (what’s that lurking at the bottom of the Blue Lagoon? Nothing, but there totally used to be). Get to know Iceland—the good, the bad and the sheepy—with Jonas and Lydia.

The Raisin at the Hot Dog's End Jonas & Lydia

    • Places & Travel
    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

Your homo/negro report from Iceland. Join Jonas and Lydia, two Texan-Americans living in Iceland, as they crack wise about what they find noteworthy about their adopted country. From gobbling pickled ram’s testicles and public pooping to social commentary and tips for visitors (what’s that lurking at the bottom of the Blue Lagoon? Nothing, but there totally used to be). Get to know Iceland—the good, the bad and the sheepy—with Jonas and Lydia.

    #28 Vicarious Vacays: Part 2

    #28 Vicarious Vacays: Part 2

    Take a vicarious virus-free vacay with the Raisin at the Hot Dog's End as your fearless hosts explore this ghost town of an island (cue tumbleweed) after the tourist pipe got shut off in this two-part episode.

    In Part 2, Jonas and friends explore the northern and southern reaches of Iceland, including the Sardinia of the North, Ólafsjörður, and Iceland's very own volcanic darlings, the Westmann Islands. Lydia and Jonas both visit the island of Hrísey but with two completely different perspectives.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    #27 Vicarious Vacays: Part 1

    #27 Vicarious Vacays: Part 1

    Take a vicarious virus-free vacay with the Raisin at the Hot Dog's End as your fearless hosts explore this ghost town of an island (cue tumbleweed) after the tourist pipe got shut off in this two-part episode.

    Part 1, in which Jonas and Lydia do some light, requisite whining about the locals' distaste for following rules set out to combat Iceland's second Covid wave. But changing gears they regale you with the details of their extravagant, extensive travels this summer on the island that Covid forgot (for the most part, at least until August). But there's trouble in paradise when the gear gods throw a wrench in Lydia's ride and the old Isuzu is put to the test.

    • 42 min
    #26 The “Horses” are Definitely Not Too Small & Other Icelandic Problems

    #26 The “Horses” are Definitely Not Too Small & Other Icelandic Problems

    Turmoil is still the watchword of 2020. Lydia and Jonas give updates on how things are going in Iceland during this turbulent time, including the local media’s s****y coverage of the fire that claimed the lives of three immigrants, how Black Lives Matter (and don’t) on the island, a little Iceland pride month stocktaking (spoiler: meh) and what the Netflix film “Eurovision: The Story of Fire Saga” gets right and wrong about Iceland. 

    • 48 min
    #25 Maybe the Sheep are Too Picky

    #25 Maybe the Sheep are Too Picky

    Well, shit, 2020 sure took a turn for the worse, but Jonas and Lydia soldier on. Iceland is approaching Covid-19-free status and gasoline has been thrown onto the dumpster fire that is their homeland (that's the US of A). With all of that in mind, in this episode, they dig in to what's really been happening in Iceland. Has Iceland beat the pandemic? Is it because the prime minister is a woman? How many black people actually live in Iceland? Is racism a thing in Iceland? And most importantly, what color is Iceland's parachute? Cause the total dependence on tourism thing is not working. Now of we could only monetize those sheep...

    • 46 min
    #24 It Has Nothing to Do With the Age of the Plane

    #24 It Has Nothing to Do With the Age of the Plane

    Jonas and Lydia are hunkered down for winter and in Iceland, winter never seems to end. The weather is shit, there’s little to no sunlight and sickness is inescapable. The hopes and dreams of the new year are dashed having barely taken their first breaths. The winter wonderland effect quickly wears thin once the smoke from the fireworks clears. But there are upsides. There’s the Winter Festival and the Lenten season with it’s cream puffs and bean soup. Actually, just don’t look behind the curtain and we promise it has absolutely nothing to do with the age of the plane...most likely.

    • 47 min
    Mini #2 Christmas Time is Here

    Mini #2 Christmas Time is Here

    Christmas is right around the corner and Iceland is literally alight in Christmas cheer. There’s a thick, bumpy layer of ice on every non-heated sidewalk in Reykjavik, the Yule Lads have come down from the highlands and running rampant across the land stuffing little treats into children’s shoes. In this episode, Jonas and Lydia take a quiet moment in the midst of all the revelry to exchange Christmas gifts, work on their Swedish and Danish (not really) and talk Icelandic Christmas dinner delights and loaves of a sort.

    Gleðileg jól y’all!

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Christy Kill Art ,

Map

The Map Jonás and Lydia created is so useful when traveling out and about. We used it on our journey to Borgarnes and beyond and were grateful for the advice! Thanks guys!

MauntySteph ,

Culinary inspiration galore!

I always eat my hotdogs with raisins now, and vice versa!

Tgunn77 ,

Visiting Iceland Soon?

Listen to 2 fun/ny and smart Americans (who are currently living in Iceland) entertainingly fill you in on the endearing quirks of Icelandic culture and where to go should you ever visit. Episodes have show notes and a google map for planning purposes too! Great easy listening!

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