A Soggy Day and a Snog-worthy Bobby Ewing?

Trip Start Jun 22, 2006
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Trip End Jul 12, 2006


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Friday, July 7, 2006

To my dismay, it was terribly cloudy and rainy just as the Lawnmower Man had said when I awoke this morning. And it never improved - it rained all bloody day! Sure, Iceland is still amazingly beautiful smothered in rain and fog but my pictures can't capture that. I'm becoming increasingly disappointed with the photography aspect of this trip. At this point, I'd praise all deities currently worshipped in the world for a day that's slightly sunny with short intervals of rain!

I left Eidar at about 9:45 as I didn't have a lot of distance to cover that day. I drove along highway 94 up and over a beautiful fjord arriving at Bakkagerdi at 10:40. This is a small fishing town with a lovely example of a traditional Icelandic home painted bright blood red. It was the most colorful thing on display amidst the dreary drizzling landscape.

I had a cappucino at a cafe there and then headed back on route 94 (it's impossible to drive in certain parts of the Eastern Fjords so I had to backtrack here). I then drove to another town in the fjords - Seydisfjordur. This town is surrounded on three sides by mountains prone to avalanches. The architecture here was notable - lovely colors and mostly traditional. My guidebook led me to an internet cafe/art gallery and I spent an hour there updating my travel blog. True to Icelandic musical tastes, the tunes played whilst I sat there typing were a mixture of Merle Haggard and something reminiscent of trance/jazz fusion.

Upstairs from the cafe was the art gallery. The exhibit was small and definitely centred around anti-war sentiment, but because there were no English translations available (and why should there be, hmmm?) I had to come to my own conclusions on the exact intended message of the art. There were some free postcards on display and I took one advertising an exhibit by an artist seemingly obsessed with Patrick Duffy from "Dallas". If I understood correctly, his exhibit utilizes the image of Patrick Duffy, or rather "Bobby Ewing". Interesting, eh? I'd definitely check it out in person if I could.

Saying adios to Bobby/Patrick, I finally headed for my night's lodging in Neskaupstadur. To get there, I had to drive along a road that goes over a high mountain pass in the fog and rain, definitely hazardous driving conditions. It was stress-inducing to the nth degree. I got to my hotel Edda at about 5 and only left my room once to go and purchase a take-away pizza for my dinner. I read in my room until lights out at close to 10 PM.
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