Iceland Better Than Expected

Trip Start Aug 02, 2010
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Trip End Dec 06, 2010


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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from Iceland.

I figured we would go there, check out some sights, have some beers, and leave unimpressed, but I was completely wrong.  The place is beautiful, full of friendly people, and they do like to party!  It's not a great place to visit if you don't know anyone and your just backpacking, because everything is pretty expensive, and there are some amazing things you can do, if you have the money.  So it is tempting to come back in the future for a week or two with some deeper pockets, and take in what the place has to offer.

After supper on our first night, we just hung out for the rest of the night at the hotel, as we were both pretty tired from jet lag and walking all day.  Thankfully they had english tv stations there!

I havenīt really learned any Icelandic words because A. they are impossible to
pronounce, and B. there are quite a few letters that Iīve never seen
before.  So far Iīve got Hallo which obviously means hello, and Takks,
which means thanks, and I was saying the īcheers' expression last night,
but I donīt remember what the word was or how to spell it.  Even the
dirty words are impossible to say or remember!

The travelling part has gone fairly smoothly except for today.  Our
flights been delayed by two hours, so we donīt fly out until 6pm instead
of 4. 

 

We had our first brush in with being lost yesterday.  We were in
Reyjkavik, pronounced Rye-Ka-Vic, yesterday, and we came to Keflavic,
pronounced Keh-pla-vic, by the bus system, and apparently here they
donīt have a bus stations in all the cities, just Reyjkavik, which is
the capital of Iceland, so you have to tell the bus driver where you
want to get dropped off.

 

We were coming to meet Amy Fox, her mom, and her cousin, and their
friend Rosa that they were staying with.  She told us to get off at the
Bonus grocery store, which is their big chain grocery store over here
and has a pink pig logo, really weird.  Well Parkes and I passed out on
the bus and woke up as we were driving into the town, and missed the
store, so the bus kept going and dropping people off at random places,
and finally there was about 3 or 4 people left on the bus, and the
driver asked where we were headed, so we told him the name of the store.

He said that we had passed that awhile ago, and it was on the other side
of the city pretty much, and he couldnīt bring us back.  We were in the
middle of a residential area, no phone, no idea where abouts we were,
with our backpacks.  So naturally we didnīt panic, because it was pretty
funny, and started walking.  We were going by a soccer stadium when a
guy came out so I asked him to use his phone.  Thankfully Amyīs friend
has a cell and I had written down her number, so we called, got
directions, and the guy even gave us a ride to where she was going to
pick us up!  It worked out beautifully!

 

Then we partied the night away, the bar even stayed open till 4am, well past it's usual weekday closing time of 1AM, and I must say people here love
Canadiens.  Everyone approached us throughout the night, bought us some
beers and shots, and we reinforced the fact that we say about, and not
aboot!

Couple of interesting things I noticed about iceland:

- Gas prices are 1.95/L
- Tap water is naturally heated by geysers, so there are warnings about water coming out at 85C at first, so you have to be careful not to adjust the water while your in the shower, and be careful when you turn the tap on to wash your hands
- Cleanest air I've ever breathed in my life
- Icelandic people hate french because they think it's too hard to understand...
- Raw shark tastes awful
- Even though it's 11:30PM, it still looks like it's about 8PM outside.
- Even though it's 3AM,it still looks like it's about 5AM and the sun is starting to rise
- With so much daylight, you would think that Icelanders would have some of the best golfers on the PGA tour

 

Anyway, itīs been great so far, and Iīm looking forward to seeing whats next, because each day is a new adventure!  Thanks again Rosa for being a great host and letting us crash at your place! 
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