A Day in Reykjavik

Trip Start May 13, 2012
Trip End May 20, 2012

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Finally fell asleep around 830am local time and woke up around noon. It felt good to get some actual sleep, not just that in-and-out sleep that most people do while flying.

We started the day by going to The Pearl which is a cafe/restaurant/museum on top of hot water cylinders for city use. Really clever place. We visited the Saga Museum (history of Vikings in Iceland), which is located inside the one cylinder that is not in use. IIt just happened the guy who created the museum was working there and was extremely friendly to us... Then again EVERYONE here is. He also got us a taxi, which took all of 2 mins to get there. I love this small city feel here even though the population is around 200,000.

We then went to the main Lutheran church in Iceland. Going up to the top gave us a nice view of Reykavik and the mountains. We strolled around the city stoping in shops along the way, including a record shop where we attempted to discover some good local music. As we struggled to fight exhaustion we grabbed coffee and crêpes in a small coffee shop. I have absolutely loved crêpes ever since I tried them in Paris. These certainly didn't disappoint. Then we made our way down to the water for a stunning view.

For dinner we stopped at the Bæjarins beztu hot dog stand that The Guardian raved was 'the best in Europe'.

With the sun still up at 1045pm cat and I wondered out to grab a drink. We drank a few at the Big Labowski and came out to what looks like a sunset at 1245am. So weird. Awesome batender, great night.

Day 1 summary:
The cold and the wind were brutal at times but the people have been nothing but warming. Jesus, that was cheesy as hell, but I couldn't resist. So far definitely the nicest people I have ever met--granted its only day one, but if what I hear/read is true, that will be the case the rest of the trip. Tomorrow we start driving the ring road.
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