27 May 2015

Learning to speak Icelandic

Here is a video of the silliness I have to deal with also known as Zane and Dude. They will not answer any of my questions correctly they will only say 21, making fun or a viral video in which a little boy answers a math question incorrectly with "21!" Anyway here are me and my clowns.... 

Around town in Reykjavik

After taking my nap I figured I should stick up on snacks and drinks.  We bundled up and just started walking to the right.  The goal was to find a restaurant then a convenient store to from where we could purchase said snacks.  The wind was ripping through us, and a cute Icelandic girl in sticking and cut-off denim shorts and no coat came walking in our direction.  I stopped her for directions and she pointed us to the corner bus stop to get downtown to find a restaurant.  On the walk there I saw a store that I believed to be convenient store.  As we approached that is exactly what we'd happened upon.  We bought yogurt, strawberries, and apple, an orange , Icelandic ramen noodles, apple juice and a huge bottle of water. 

The cashier greeted me in full, fast, and fluent Icelandic.  I giggled and was like "did you really think I was going to be able to respond in Icelandic?!" He grinned," but of course!"  I immediately had a new friend and started my free Icelandic language lessons! Woohoo!  We made a cute video that I'll put in the next post.



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We then went home to to put it all away then to head out to find hot cooked food! 


Once we got back to the bus stop that ms shorts in 30° pointed us to 45 minutes ago.  I Hs to ask 3 teenage boys for help.  How much is the bus?  What stop do I get off at?  Icelandic is wicked so they told me but I couldn't understand how to even spell it.  The kids pointed it out for me on the bus schedule and taught me how to use it.  A golden rule of travel: take pictures of maps and bus routes etc.  it makes life 1000xs easier. So above is our route and here is our video. 


Our apartment in Reykjavik Iceland

I took a nap and we are ready tonroll out again... I have a feeling that the sun is NOT going to set... 


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Pictures from the Blue Lagoon






Lunch time!



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First 7 hours in Iceland


Getting into Iceland was a breeze.  No immigration form, no declaring your intended address, etc.  good thing because I still didn't book an AirBnB yet! I got a reply from one renter but she lived in the outskirts of Reykjavik and I wanted something closer to the city center.  After passing through what barely counts as security and immigration, I exchanged money and stopped at a both to ask where our shuttle bus to the blue lagoon departs from.  I'd bought our entrance tickets and shuttle transportation from the airport to the blue lagoon then the blue lagoon to Reykjavik city centre.  The shuttle hasn't arrived, we were early but right on time a renter in the downtown area replies that his apartment was available.  Woohoo!  I renter it right away, and let him know we would arrive after the visiting the blue lagoon.  After about 15 minutes we boarded the bus and were on our way. 



Iceland is definitely different than everywhere else we've been.  There are barely trees and volcanic rock is all over the place. This rock is covered with moss.  It's the strangest more intriguing thing I've ever seen. 

Airport to Blue Lagoon bus ride




I forced the kids to sleep on the plane and luckily we all did because we needed stamina to match our level of excitement.

Entering the Blue Lagoon 






Inside the Blue Lagoon









Lunch and hike at the Blue Lagoon

Hiking the Blue Lagoon

Reykjavik city center

The world's northern most capital






My original plans were for Senegal, but life always give you what you need not what you want.  Apparently I must need to be cold as hell... because baby, we're heading to Iceland!