Friday, June 30, 2017

So anyway, there I was in Iceland

Soon after this WOW moment

I landed the world's most civilized airport, where a helpful city bus meets every flight. Every one of them! I boarded one. 

And it took me to the moon

Have you ever wondered what a crazy person looks like after a 7 hour train escapade followed by a 9 hour flight then a bus ride to the moon of the next calendar day when/where she dips her tired bod into thermo heated water and scrubs her face with silica? 

You missed a spot, crazy

The anklet I picked up the second day on Maui, just 6,000 miles south 

As far as pit stops are concerned, this one was a sheer stroke of genius

After I'd sufficiently soaked and sipped and showered, I followed the lava brick road back to the magic spot where busses show up whenever you want one

I was deposited about half a mile from my hotel, the hotel I'd booked on a whim because someone I'd never met or heard of had said on her TripAdvisor review that she'd stayed there, and I think several stars were included in that review. 

I walked in to my 5th floor room, opened the big closet doors along the entry hall, and fell deeply, immediately in love

Everywhere I turned, I fell more deeply 

The hotel was called A Room with a View, for some reason

Go figure. 

I putzed around for a while then decided it was time for a meal, so I walked around the town indecisively for 3 hours. 

Popping in here and there

In search of the exact perfect meal, with no clue what I wanted to eat. 

I strolled up and down the streets

I strolled the land

and I strolled the sea

I actually walked into at least 2 restaurants and considered staying, but nothing felt quite perfectly like the exact thing that I didn't know I wanted. 

Until I found it

This was at 10pm

I got back to my room around 11 and settled in for what I knew would be a short night. 

I watched the late, late sunset from my pretty balcony and windows

And I hung around out there for a bit to watch the colors change as the sky darkened

Except that it didn't

This is as dark as it got

I went to bed at 12:30 and set my alarm for 3:30, so I guess technically it might have gotten dark for a few minutes in between those hours, but I didn't really sleep and I think I would have noticed. 

Before I knew it, it was time to get up from that comfy bed in that pretty room in that weirdly wonderful city and start the next leg of my journey. I had received a printed map of the half mile I had to walk (over cobblestones with my awful suitcase), it was the same route I had walked when I arrived, exactly one turn down exactly one street. I'd walked those streets for hours the night before, what could possibly go wrong? 

Well, yeah. I got lost. But when the bars closed at 4 there was no shortage of helpful drunk vikings to set me on the right course. Sigh. 

I flagged down a van that had the same logo that was printed on my ticket, and he took mercy on my poor dumb soul and drove me to the bus station, where I was in plenty of time for the shuttle to Keflavik, the world's most efficient airport.  I had some time to kill, and I was thirsty, so....

Until next time, Iceland. And oh yes, there will be a next time.


Me, You, or Ellie said...

I love the moon! It's so pretty and fancy and warm and wonderful. What an amazing little weird get-away experience.

And I just utterly love the beer / water / coffee combo. All your bases? Covered.

Thank you so much for bringing us along on your adventure. I had a great time. And I'm going back, too.


Me, You, or Ellie said...

Oh, and that Hotel Room! Homehgah!

Beth said...

And the sun sets that don't produce darkness. And the room with a view. And the silica spot you missed. So much packed into so little time.

I'm going back too!!