Ascention Day

Trip Start May 08, 2009
Trip End Jun 29, 2009

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In a hotel with a window over looking a church and channel

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Some answers to questions from A Rough Guide to Iceland
* Foxes came over on icebergs like the polar bears
* Reindeer were brought from Norway for hunting and horses for riding (no horses species have been introduced in hundreds of years so they are truly rare and Icelandic!)
* Mink escaped from fur farms and are now living wild
* Sheep out number people 4:1
* Rabbits live around Reykjavik, escaped pets
* 300 kinds of birds
* Lupin introduced by N America to prevent erosion
* Seals, folklore say they are part human
* Flat topped mountains - 'm˘bergs"
* Icelanders of the south eat Puffins and the babies are called Pufflings

A point to add to this list is that the entire country closes on a religious holiday in May - but no one knows what the day is about.

We were tired today. The road looks short on the map but it was gravel and slow going. Only gas stations were open and although you can get a lamb steak at these pit stops, I could really go for a vegetable.  Plus, we realized that we forgot our coats back at Syrup.  Senica and I checked into a hotel that said it had a thermal pool, only to find out that the pool is actually in a gym down the street - and closed for the holiday. Oh well. 

Dinner was in the hotel lobby restaurant with a beautiful view. The food was disgusting, fish smothered in a beef gravy that had been cooked too long in the microwave. Yuck. Well, since they had no local food on the menu, we asked the waitress to bring us a shot of the local drink. We tasted something called Opal - a black salty medicine - and then tasted it again, and a third time (much better by this point).

When I get home I want to write some piano music about this Honeymoon in Iceland. I will pound on the low keys for the Viking waves, and tap the high notes for snow capped peaks and wonderment. I want imagery for togetherness, a cyclical sound, music for the bikes and strangeness. Also, something for the precarious edges and driving. And some topsy-turvy comedy as well. Overall the music will be fun and a bit weird.

We have found a very amazing TV Channel: CCTV9. It is Chinese TV in English. Everyone on the channel is Chinese with a thick accent but they are all speaking English, discussing world event from Chinese perspective.

It did end up being a relaxing evening, with a midnight stroll around the neighbouring golf course, along the water's edge, and around a futuristic church - on the holiday that closed the country.
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