Hey, who left the lights on?
May 26, 2005
After 19 hours of travel on 2 planes and 2 buses, we finally
arrived in Iceland at 11:30 pm on Tuesday night. Someone must have
left the lights on because it was still bright. Apparently in the
summer the sun doesn't set until 1 am with 24 hour sun occurring
sometime in July. The international airport in Iceland appears to
be built on top of a lava field so landing there seems like you
are landing on the moon. We soon discovered that we were not landing
on the moon because when we stepped off the plane, we did not die.
Our impression of Iceland is that it is very clean--everything from
washrooms and swimming pools to architecture are very clean and
sleek. Too clean perhaps, which has led us to our suspicion that
Icelanders are robots.
We spent time visiting museums and art galleries. The National Art
Gallery was showing the works of Dieter Roth. We walked into one
room and Mel sniffed and said, "Why does it smell like mouldy
chocolate in here?"--and then we saw the giant tower sculpture
made of chocolate lions. Mystery solved. We walked into another
room and Paul remarked, "This looks like crap glued to tables,"
and then we realized that the art was crap glued to tables--Paul
is very insightful when it comes to art.
Wednesday was spent being lost in Reykjavik--you need a doctorate
in bus riding to figure out the system here. Unfortunately, Mel
only has her masters. We were hooped. The bus maps only name some
streets but not others. It also differentiates the 35 lines with
35 "different" colours. There were 8 shades of green.
Whoever drew this map was very optimistic. But it was an adventure
riding back and forth on one street--we eventually walked to our
Here are some random thoughts about Iceland: (1) slurpees in Iceland
are called "krap"; (2) a national past time seems to be
walking their babies in strollers; (3) Iceland is sunny and green,
but cold--nevermind the whole Iceland isn't cold stuff; (4) Icelanders
are very beautiful; (5) the Icelandic currency is in denominations
of 1,000s so it was quite alarming when our fastfood meal came to
2,100 krona; (6) tap water is like spring water without the bottle;
(7) a big thing in Iceland is to lounge and socialize in what they
call "hot pots"--we brought fish balls and noodles to
share--they wouldn't let us in (hot pots are actually jacuzzis).