A Soggy Day and a Snog-worthy Bobby Ewing?
Trip Start Jun 22, 2006
21Trip End Jul 12, 2006
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I left Eidar at about 9:45 as I didn't have a lot of distance to cover that day. I drove along highway 94 up and over a beautiful fjord arriving at Bakkagerdi at 10:40. This is a small fishing town with a lovely example of a traditional Icelandic home painted bright blood red. It was the most colorful thing on display amidst the dreary drizzling landscape.
I had a cappucino at a cafe there and then headed back on route 94 (it's impossible to drive in certain parts of the Eastern Fjords so I had to backtrack here). I then drove to another town in the fjords - Seydisfjordur. This town is surrounded on three sides by mountains prone to avalanches. The architecture here was notable - lovely colors and mostly traditional. My guidebook led me to an internet cafe/art gallery and I spent an hour there updating my travel blog. True to Icelandic musical tastes, the tunes played whilst I sat there typing were a mixture of Merle Haggard and something reminiscent of trance/jazz fusion.
Upstairs from the cafe was the art gallery. The exhibit was small and definitely centred around anti-war sentiment, but because there were no English translations available (and why should there be, hmmm?) I had to come to my own conclusions on the exact intended message of the art. There were some free postcards on display and I took one advertising an exhibit by an artist seemingly obsessed with Patrick Duffy from "Dallas". If I understood correctly, his exhibit utilizes the image of Patrick Duffy, or rather "Bobby Ewing". Interesting, eh? I'd definitely check it out in person if I could.
Saying adios to Bobby/Patrick, I finally headed for my night's lodging in Neskaupstadur. To get there, I had to drive along a road that goes over a high mountain pass in the fog and rain, definitely hazardous driving conditions. It was stress-inducing to the nth degree. I got to my hotel Edda at about 5 and only left my room once to go and purchase a take-away pizza for my dinner. I read in my room until lights out at close to 10 PM.