The Volcano Part 2: Trying to get there

I tried to get to Eyjafjallajökull on my own, but the glacial rivers were flooded, due to the layers of black ash that covered the glaciers and encouraged melting from heat absorbtion. So I ended up doing what I’ve never done before, I took an amphibious bus with a guide on Friday the 13th…

The Volcano Part 1: The Volcano Museum, Stykkishólmur

Reykanes Penisula, Iceland

Settling in and getting organized

Rain, and more rain is keeping me in Reykjavik. I am using the time to get organized and set itineraries to move around the country. Iceland is a caffeine obsessed country without a Starbucks in sight. Drinking coffee is a favorite pleasure here.

Spent the morning looking for art finds at the Flea Market.

Then on to the Gay Pride Parade, and it was packed despite the weather. Half the country was participating and it was a blast with group dancing to Madonna recordings and live music from singer Pall Oskar Hjalmtysson. That is him in the flaming red dress.

Reykjavík!

What I brought along to read:

1. Rodney Brook’s  Flesh and Machines: How Robots Will Change Us (Pantheon, 2002) ISBN 0-375-42079

2. My favorite and well thumbed guide to Iceland by the Lonely Planet.

3. Kortabók Road Atlas: Iceland: do not try driving on sheep paths without it!

4. The Bldg Blog Book by Geoff Manaugh

5. World Light by Iceland’s Nobel Laureate Haldor Laxness:

“Where the glacier meets the sky, the land ceases to be earthly, and the earth

becomes one with the heavens; no sorrows live there any more, and therefore

joy is not necessary; beauty alone reigns there, beyond all demands.”

Halldór Laxness

World Light

And what I picked up at the airport:

-Wired Magazine’s August issue: The Future That Never Happened

-Vanity Fair with Lady Gaga on the cover (I’m a fan of her futuristic fashions)

-and of course the latest issue of People magazine to read about Ali and Roberto

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