Reykjavik, Iceland Day 175

I’m in the final stretch now… Iceland. I was so happy to see my mom and sister last night, I didn’t realise just how much I’d missed everyone. We are staying in a great 4 bedroom apartment right in the centre of Reykjavik. It’s in a renovated older building and is like living in an Ikea store. Everything is so white, and comfortable and simple. And yes, I think everything in it IS from Ikea. Plus it has a big beautiful bathtub! If there’s one thing I’ve really missed it’s my hot baths, in the winter I usually have a bath every day… it’s like an addiction, so I had a nice long soak and felt like everything was right with the world once again.
Guerilla knitting on a tree.
The first thing I saw as we were walking into town for lunch was this… guerrilla knitting! I saw this when I was in Portland last summer as well, but not nearly to this extent. What people do is choose a location, and knit directly to the structure, whether it be a street sign, a tree or a statue. 
Guerilla knitting on a tree.
Sculpture in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Reykjavik is a sculpture heavy city.
City hall in Reykjavik, Iceland.
These are the Parliament Buildings. Reykjavik is a city of only about 200,000 or so and has a real small town but with a cool vibe feel.
Sculpture in Reykjavik, Iceland by Stienunn Thorarinsdottir.

This is a sculpture by Steinunn Thorarinsdottir. She has many works scattered around Reykjavik and is one of the city’s most famous artists. On another separate note, look at her last name. If she had a brother, his last name would be Thorarinsson. This is why the Icelandic phone book is in alphabetical order by FIRST name. That means that family members will all have different last names. The mother would have her family name with dottir on the end, her husband would have his family name with son on the end, and if they had a son and daughter, they would both have the father’s name with son or dottir on the end. Interesting, isn’t it? And I’d say just a tad confusing!

2 women standing in front of Fish and chip shop in Reykjavik, Iceland.
We had the best organic fish and chips here. Ling cod dipped in spelt flour and fried to perfection.
and chFish and chip shop in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Woman with a beer in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Yes, some Icelandic beer named Kaldi. Perfect with the fish and chips.
We laughed really hard at his sign advertising French lessons for Icelanders. There truly are sheep everywhere, you’d almost think you were in England!
“We didn’t see any puffins, but we did eat one and it tasted cute.” That was Melissa’s joke for the blog. They really are so cute, and I was a little squicked out at the thought of eating one (well, we all were actually) but the restaurant we went to for dinner tonight had it on the menu, and we decided to try it and share it, just in case we didn’t like it. It was actually very, very tasty. Not AT ALL like chicken, I’ll have you know. If anything, it was more like beef. Very dark meat, seasoned with a lot of pepper and very juicy. Mmmm, cute!
Reykjavik harbour.
The harbour front. It is just lovely, and reminded me a lot of the East Coast of Canada.
Ceramic baby doll legs hooks.
I have a doll that I’ve had since I was born. His name is Baby Ron and my cousin Dawn gave him to me. My mom named him because he was bald and at the time there was some bald local politician named Ron something, so she thought it was fitting. He’s probably the reason I like scary a*ss dolls to this day. Most of my friends are scared of him. His skin has gone yellow, I poked his eyes out and chewed his fingers and toes off when I was little, so yes, he looks a little freaky. These ceramic doll leg drinking cups (yes, drinking cups!) look exactly like Baby Ron’s legs. I almost bought one, but couldn’t justify the $60 price tag.
Man pretending to kill baby doll.
This is a photo of Baby Ron from my birthday party last year. My friends were having some fun with him… but he survived!
Woman on street in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Can I tell you how happy I was to wear jeans again????
Pond with ducks in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Street scene in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Pot of flowers in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Cafe window display in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Church of Hallgrimur in Reykjavik, Iceland.
This is the Church of Hallgrímur. It’s one of the most controversial buildings in Iceland because it’s so imposing, and a lot of people think it’s ugly. I kind of liked it for it’s simplicity. One thing is for sure… it IS pretty noticeable!
Church of Hallgrimur in Reykjavik, Iceland.
This was part of a display in the lobby of the church. We were all all a bit confused by the star of David…
View of Reykjavik, Iceland.
We took the elevator to the top to see the birds eye view of Reykjavik.
View of Reykjavik, Iceland.
Sculpture in Reykjavik, Iceland.
More sculpture by Steinunn Thorarinsdottir.
Icelandic trill in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Icelandic Viking troll!
Whale and puffin on the menu in Reykjavik, Iceland.
You just don’t see this on the menu everywhere… they also eat horse, a lot of horse.
Graffiti in Reykjavik, Iceland.
We came across this courtyard where some kids were being, well, kids. See the rooftop on the right hand side of the photo? Those kids were adding their own special graffiti touch to the walls. The other kids that were running around came up to us saying something in Icelandic. We told them we only spoke English and the ringleader pointed to the kids and told us that those kids on the roof were going to kill themselves so we should call the police. They were kidding around with and us and just being goofy. They asked where we were from and we said Canada. “Oh, Justin Bieber is from Canada!” “Yes” we said. “I don’t like Justin Bieber,” was his response, and we said we’d have to agree. Is that really Canada’s cache? Bad pop music by a pre-teen? Or is he a teen now? Oh, who knows!
Sun Voyager by Jon Gunnar Arnason in Reykjavik, Iceland.
This is a beautiful sculpture on the waterfront called Sun Voyager and it’s by Jon Gunnar Arnason. It might be a bit chilly being here in late September but the lack of tourists makes up for the lack of sun. After being in tourist ridden Greece, I so welcomed the cooler weather and the quiet.
View from the new concert hall in Reykjavik, Iceland.
This is in the new concert hall. It’s a really cool building that sort of looks like honeycomb. Bjork is playing a bunch of sold out shows here next week, that would have been so great to see!

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2 Responses to Reykjavik, Iceland Day 175

  1. Laurie September 30, 2011 at 11:07 pm #

    Very interesting photos Andrea – Iceland is on my list but I know realistically it will probably be a couple of days stopover in Rejkavik on the way to Europe. Looks like an interesting city – but not sure about eating a cute little puffin!!

  2. Anonymous October 1, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    It was very interesting and we like it to follow you through Europe in last month`s. We wish you, your Mom and Melissa a good flight on the last *hop* from Europe to Canada. You know it is not so easy for us to find the right words, so we say today only maybe we can meet you in Vancouver in the next two years so we can use our hands and feets for a better communication, like we did it in Bomlitz.
    Love you, Karin and Manfred

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