Iceland was exactly like I expected, and nothing like I expected. We were so lucky with the weather, it was glorious sunshine most of the time, only raining for one afternoon.
Warning: Picture heavy post coming up! But for those that stick with it, there's incentive at the bottom ;-)
Friday we got there, found the apartment, and went in search of food! We had probably the best meal of my entire life at a chic little place called The Fishmarket. Seriously, the food was incredible. As was the wine. And the saki.
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Saturday we spent the day walking around Reykjavik, seeing the sights, absorbing the city.
It has a very slow and gentle pace (until the early hours of the morning that is), and reminded me a lot of San Francisco.
All the cute little painted buildings and boutique-y shops. One of the highlights, for me anyway, was visiting the Hand Knitting Association of Iceland. I bought some lovely Lopi yarn, in rainbow colours, of course.
I got a beautiful red hand knitted lace shawl instead, which is not scratchy in the slightest and much more my style. I also added a couple of rows to a community project they had going on the bench outside.
We saw waterfalls, volcanoes, tectonic plates, glaciers and geysers.
We even went skidooing on the glacier which was so.much.fun!
Everywhere is just beautiful, and so interesting to look at. The scenery (and weather!) changes from one minute to the next so even on a long car journey we were still enthralled looking out the window.
Monday we went to the Blue Lagoon, a natural geothermal heated spa. It was bliss! We had algae face-masks, volcanic rock scrubs, and floating back massages. Unfortunately I have zero pictures of this (water and camera's do not mix!), only this one that I snapped on my phone as we were leaving.
I kinda wish I had more though. My dad entering into the spirit of things and applying a face-mask is totally worth recording on film :-)
One quick stop off at the site of a recent earth quake before we headed to the airport. You could literally see the power and force of nature spilling out of the ground.
So now I'm home. Tired but happy. Very happy in fact. Happier also because a giant pile of parcels was waiting for me when I got back to work this morning. Eeek! I do love a nice mail day. More on this later.
Just FYI, I have about a gazillion unread items in my reader. I'm gonna draw a line under them and mark all as read. Let me know if there's something you specifically want me to see, or you know, if there's some uber hot news/gossip that I'm missing ;-)
And finally, for those that made it through, the lovely Brenda, of Pink Castle Fabrics, and I have organised a little somethingsomething for you guys tomorrow. See you then? ;-)