On my last post, we at the main town square in Reykjavik. We walked around a bit and Chris exchanged $100 into krona and we went next door to a local restaurant that serves breakfast. They seem to have an odd fascination with laundromats – in fact they have pictures of various laundromats in Brooklyn all over the walls. It was especially weird for Chris because there was, on the wall, a picture of the very laundromat on his street. “I spent so much money to get away from New York City, and I’m finding it here in Iceland!” to paraphrase him.
What sealed it for him was a bar next door called “Brooklyn Bar”. Sigh!
Afterwards we went for a walk along the northern shore and then headed to the BnB to nap a little bit. After we awoke, we went grocery shopping which was an exercise in culture shock. Bacon was $20 and ground beef was about $25 – such ridiculous prices because they have to be imported from mainland Europe. But I did come across a familiar sight, Heinz Baked Bean(s/z) at 154 ISK a can!
After buying groceries, we had lunch at Sea Baron, a famous local place. I regret to say that we made a mistake here and ordered whale steak (very small pieces) for 350 ISK. While they were delicious, I regret making that choice. Especially when we went next door and saw a pamphlet with facts on whaling in Iceland. It was appalling to say the least… I will never eat whale meat again.
On our way back to the hotel, I happened upon this church in my area.
After that we got back to the house to rest at around 8pm. We woke up at midnight and was greeted by a well-lit scene. Hello, midnight sun!
Our stomachs started rumbling so we went online in search of food. Unlike New York City, everything in Reykjavik basically closes around 10pm. Our research quickly took us to Nonnabiri in the downtown area, which serves sandwiches, burgers and subs. Our food came out to $23 including two cans of Pepsi and a slice of carrot cake. Not bad…
Here is what I’ve learned about Iceland so far:
- The Icelanders are very warm and hospitable. Also, they all speak perfect English, even the older ones.
- Converting the Krona into US dollars take some getting used to, and my guesstimates are so far off the mark by a few dollars in either direction. I guess in due time, I will get it!
- Get used to showers that smell like rotten eggs. Icelanders take their water from volcanic sources, which means that the water is naturally hot and full of sulfur. I have no problems showering in it, but I keep a bottle of water on the sink so that I can brush my teeth without tasting the sulfur.
- Iceland barely has any traffic. Even the ring highway is two lanes at some points.
- There is nothing on TV here.
- Eating whale is delicious, but a very bad thing to do. 🙁
And now, as it is past 2am here in Reykjavik, it’s time for me to try and sleep! The next blog post will be about Day #2 – Keflavik area and the Blue Lagoon!