We have arrived in Iceland! Here a few pics from around Reykjavik (Ray-kee-vic). I’ve been thinking for two days now how I could sum up my thoughts about this city. The only word that comes to mind is quiet. It’s a quiet city. I feel like every time I talk, I am speaking too loud.
Overall the city is really beautiful, clean and feels very safe. It is also extremely expensive (more on this later). We have decided to blow our budget and rent a car and visit the east side of the country and I am very excited. I really like Reykjavik but I’m not “feeling” it, if that makes any sense. I can’t wait to see more of the country and experience some of the sites that make Iceland so unique. One thing I love about this place so far is that it is a really creative city. Walking down the streets is like being on the Etsy craft site but in real time. Homemade items are sold everywhere and there seems to be a large part of the population devoted to the arts. The music is great, the handmade knit items are amazing and I read a bit of a paper today (it was in English) and I fell in love with the abstract, almost poetic writing.
We also spent time at a thermal pool today and I can say that at approximately 7:30 pm GMT, while staring into a well lit sky (doesn’t start to get dark here until like 11pm), at a roof designed with large holes in it (for the snow? not sure, but it is cool) and relaxing in one of 9 thermal hot pools made with a built in sloop to it so your entire body can lying be in the hot water with just your face exposed to the 44 degree cold air, I started to fall in love with Iceland.
I also found out that 90% of the population believes in elves & trolls and I started to fall a bit deeper. How cool is that? I have a feeling Iceland will entrance me completely tomorrow when we hit the road in this strangely quiet but beautiful country.
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