Epic Iceland 2015, Day 3 – Friday, July 24th

Day 3 pictures can be found here.


I’m beginning to wonder if I might be slightly allergic to feather pillows. Woke up stuffy with reddish, slightly puffy eyes.

Dreams were anxiety induced–late to high school (even though I’d been to/through college and knew this), hadn’t attended history all year, missed Performing Arts (new play), and upset my mother by something I said (partly because she was why I was running late–in real life she’s as crazy early to things as I am).

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At breakfast it occurred to me that I could be anyone I wanted to be. No one would know. I won’t because of my over-developed sense of guilt and fear I’d get things mixed up. Getting over my own inhibitions is hard enough some days, lies wouldn’t help. Not that I want to be someone else. I quite like me (most days). But no one but me would know if I did otherwise. Well, me and anyone who reads the nonsense here. Terrifying/liberating thought.

Also sure I won’t be eating salami for ages when I get home. And if what I’m eating isn’t salami, don’t tell me.

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Sitting in the lobby, all checked out, and waiting to meet up with my tour group. The cute redhead is on duty at the desk again. Have also decided that, along with Uggs, when I come to power I’m destroying all the skinny jeans–especially for men.

Curious to find out the makeup of my first group. I’m betting it still skews older. Nationality composition is a wildcard.

Never thought in coming to Iceland that my French would get brushed up. At least in listening/comprehension. Really wish I’d kept up with German. Definitely want to pick up more Icelandic than “takk fyrir” (thank you), “godan daginn” (good morning), and “afsakid” (excuse me). Although knowing those in any language is a good start. Basic courtesy and all.

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Mountains and Fjords Group: five people plus the guide [the five includes me–that’s basically a private tour. Group composition is a retired couple from Ontario, a young guy from LA, and a retired guy from Belgium].

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Drive from Reykjavik, out and around Hvalfjordur (Whale Fjord). Stopped at small gas station/shop for “technical” (read rest) stop. Purchased super hot coffee and chocolate. Lots of sheet in, on, and around fjord.

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Riding on super bumpy back roads. Getting my massage for free. 🙂 Finally saw not one but two ravens. Half hour after I got it, my coffee is finally cool enough to drink.

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Stop at Hraunfossar (Lava Falls) and Barnafoss (Children’s Falls). Clouds come and go. Chillier than yesterday, but not uncomfortable, warm up fast from walking. Briefly discussed my previous trip with guide and young guy, while waiting for the others to rejoin us. Said I was trying to see as much as I could this time, not that I won’t be back. Guide jokingly said something along the lines of “Next time you’ll move here.” If I could get a job here, I would in a heartbeat. Why can’t my company acquire a firm in Iceland?

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Stop at Deildartunguhver hot spring. Sheep dog hanging around, waiting for love. Speaking more with guide and find out she’s got a friend who’s lived in Gaylord, Michigan, for the past twenty years. Small world, indeed.

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Lunch at shop/station in Borgarnnes. Mystery vegetable cream soup. Good, but no clue what it is. Hit ATM for ISK cash. Sun out, only partly cloudy.

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Caught ferry from Stykkisholmur [to the West Fjords]. Wandered around a bit, then just sat in the sun. I’m afraid my forehead might be burned. Ah, well, whatevs. A brimmed hat would not be amiss. After crossing Breidafjordur Bay, we’ll disembark and head for the hotel somewhere in Flokalundur / Patreksfjordur.

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Liking my group, which is of the good since it’s so small.

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Once again my brain isn’t functioning. Didn’t realize the ferry was 2 1/2 hours. Grabbed my guidebook and journal but not my knitting or book. Live and learn. Have also noticed that people get up and shuffle around about the same time. Go hive mind? Was feeling a bit ugh, so I bought some sweet chili pepper Doritos and now a hot chocolate (machine made), for 300 and 350 ISK respectively. Glad I hit the ATM. I hate charging such a small amount. [Note small amount doesn’t equal cheap.] If I remember, it’s usually $1.12 to 100 ISK, give or take. We’ll see when I get my next credit card bill, I suppose. Want to write, mainly because I have no other way to kill the time. But I’m out of practice and have no idea what to write. Last Frankenstein comes to mind, but I think that’s mainly due to the files on my laptop desktop (currently in my backpack with my book and knitting in the van in the cargo hold–live and learn).

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Did a bit of writing that went nowhere. Worth a shot. On a happy note, I was digging through my coat pockets and found the  thumb ring I thought I lost at work. So, yay! In other news, my hands need lotion stat. Forgot that about Iceland. It doesn’t feel dry here, but all the moisture in my skin goes pfffft. Or it’s the soap. Who knows.

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Hotel Flokalundur is a bit rustic but clean and comfy. And there’s free wifi (albeit a dodgy connection). I’d be satisfied with the clean and comfy with indoor plumbing. Wifi is always a bonus to that. Uploading my photos now. Will tag and post this after dinner. Which is fish, but I’m game. Said I’d eat it this trip, and I’m gonna do that.

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Dinner was good. Soup (mushroom cream?), salted pan-seared cod (rather liked it) with a tomato salsa and potatoes, and blueberry dessert skyr. Guide left us before dessert. Which was probably smart on her part as talk turned to politics. Not cheery conversation, but not bad.

Came back, found the connection sucked, so downloaded the fanfic I got sucked into, cancelled the photo upload, and did my wash. Yeah, forgot how involved handwashing was, and that’s only a few days worth. I’m thinking the three 2 oz. bottles of Woolite might not get me through. I’ll figure something out. It sure won’t do my hands any favors. Live and learn (seems to be the theme of the day).

I think I might get up early (6-ish) despite the 9 am departure. That way I can take a walk and check out the area around the hotel before we head out.

 

 

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