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  •  Can't believe you aren't in San Jose! (5+ / 0-)

    I could not make it this year either but hopefully next year we'll be there again.
    My husband loved Reykjavik! Stay warm and have fun!

    What if the Hokey Pokey is what it's all about? 2011 Chairman's Pub Quiz winner

    by Julie Gulden on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 04:06:11 PM PDT

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    •  Good morning, Julie! (2+ / 0-)
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      Crashing Vor, Julie Gulden

      Just woke up to the second gorgeous day in a row. I hope the weather holds for the wedding this evening. We've been having a fine day, but now there's only a few days left. We've done a fair amount of sightseeing around the southern part of the country, too. Over the weekend, it'll mainly be museum kinda stuff around Reykjavik. And they have a big cathedral/church thing on a hill overlooking the city, built fairly recently with a big pipe organ and fabulous acoustics. We're going for an organ recital Sunday night ahead of Monday morning departure. I'm already getting nostalgic about having to leave.

      We've been to the prototype Geysir, a geothermal plant, the site of the world's first representative Parliament (the Althing), visited a Nobel prize winner's home/museum, spent some time in (a friend's) private house surrounded by Icelandic horses, enjoyed National Day, ate at a restaurant where everything is cooked geothermally and much of the food was grown in geothermal greenhouses, took a boat ride in the iceberg lagoon, hiked to a glacier, marveled at the sandur, had a Kossack meetup, socialized and made new Icelandic (and American) friends here for the wedding. And a bunch of other stuff. The kind of trip one remembers for a good long time. We learned a lot about vulcanism, too.

      Hard to say what the coolest thing has been, but I might have to say it was the sandur. It's what's left behind after a volcano erupts under a glacier, unleashing a massive flash flood.

      I'd been thinking I'd do a diary about the trip. But now I've started thinking it'd need to be more than one.

      Mark Twain: It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

      by Land of Enchantment on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 01:51:10 AM PDT

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