Notes from the last couple of days

The Museum from Wednesday was (name??) was great. It had quite a bit of really cool and unexpected art, and I think the best art is the art of the unexpected. I don’t think necessarily that four slabs of steel in a large X is necessarily art, but I do think looking at a light switch in a new way can be as intriguing as Mona Lisa’s smile.

One of the switches was a small rectangle, heavy enough to feel substantial, and about 2.5 x 1 inch. That rectangle had two receptacles for a small ball – a ball bearing it appeared to be. One slot turned the light on, the other, off. Simple, and beautiful. It will probably never see the light of day, since it would probably only last about 30 minutes around kids. The other switch was about 1.5″ square. The top of the cube had a wire coming out, and placing the cube on it’s bottom, with the wire on top would turn off the power. Placing the cube on each of it’s sides would dim the light – 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and full brightness. Brilliant – it was simply brilliant.

Today, Friday the 29th, was our last day in Reykjavik. We both have been dealing with jet lag. I’d made it worse because I’m always up too late (WoW) and Justine because she usually has a hard time sleeping. Last night I peeked out our window at 10:30 to see a father teaching his daughter to ride her bicycle. Oh – 10:30 p.m. It’s never so dark that you cannot read, even in the shadows. That makes sleep harder than normal too. We awoke groggy and started packing for our last day. We went for breakfast at a new place (Kofi Tomasar Fraenda), and after packing, went to the exhibit 871+/-2. When they were building our hotel, they found the foundation from a building from 871, plus or minus 2 years. It was a pretty small exhibit, centered around this singular event, but it was very well done (for the record, I think the JFK assassination museum in Dallas is the best single theme museum I’ve ever seem. Ask me about that sometime.) There was the actual foundation, and they fleshed this out with a lot of really interesting period information. The greatest part, being a geek, was they had one of the greatest interfaces for explaining and showing the building I’d ever seen. There was a pie shaped display, with concentric circles, going from one large enough to hold a inch square dot, to one as almost as large as the outside of the display. running from the middle, vertically to the bottom was a line, and then at the bottom was another horizontal line. If you moved the circle from the middle to each of the concentric circles, you could explore a new stage of the building, and at the bottom, as you went left to right you could show the building being built and rotate the building. It was a great interface, and really well done. We weren’t able to see everything since we had to catch a ride to the bus terminal so we could pick up our RV.

The ride from our hotel to the bus terminal was free, which was a nice change. Reykjavik is freakin’ expensive. It’s our honeymoon, and it’s the only time we’ll probably ever be here, so I’m trying to not think about it, but good god. Breakfast this morning, which was two Latte’s and a cheese and bacon pannini was ~$22/US. And that’s probably the cheapest meal we’ve had. Both the hotel and the RV will run us close to $400/US a day. You don’t have to worry about tipping which helps a bit, but even an average meal out cost close to $100. But this is a small price to pay for what may be the most civilized country i’ve ever been in. We both love it here, and would move here in a heartbeat were it not for the 4 hours of sunlight in the winter.

As an aside, as we were checking out I noticed a couple of little girls checking out the new Disney site. I’ve got to say, it made me somewhat proud of my company. Ha – just think – I make children happy.

Once at the bus station we got our camper – our home for the next week. It’s a Dodge Ram 4×4 with a camper on back. When we were asked about insurance, I said “Justine – what do you think?” She said “I don’t know, that’s a man’s decision.” If I hadn’t married her yet, I sure would have now!! I asked the people dropping off the truck how to get out of the city and head south, and I was given directs on how to head north. So instead of going counter-clock-wise, we are now going a new way. The truck is probably a little too big, but the camper is nice. Iceland, and Reykjavik, are both beautiful, and the more we’ve seen, the more we love it. We stopped at a small waterfall we saw from the main road and hiked maybe 2KM up the river. Along the way, I got some beautiful pictures, and saw some really, really beautiful parts of the world. I intend to upload those pictures soon, so you’ll want to check back. Up along this river, we stopped and went for a short skinny-dip (no – there will be no pictures.) It was pretty fun, and both the air and the water were warm. According to our truck, it was 77 degrees… Niiice…

We are driving along 1, which is the main road around Iceland. It seems to be pretty well maintained, but it’s not a large road. It’s only about two lanes wide, and those are narrow lanes with a steep drop off. People don’t speed, so the top speed is 90Km/Hr, which is approximately 54MPH. While almost like the back roads of Oregon, it is slower since people really do drive the speed limit, unlike in Oregon. Now is the first time I’m glad I’m not on my motorcycle – having to drive 90Kh/Hr pretty freakin’ hard when you can be there in less than 5 seconds.

For dinner we pulled into Blondus (?) a town of less than 619 people. We stopped at the one grocery store and bought lamb, some veggies to stir-fry and some crazy sauce that neither of us could identify, nor did either of us enjoy. We went back and grilled a very tasty dinner. Justine is being quite a sport about this, since her idea of camping is a 3 star hotel. I don’t know if it’s because it cost as much as a three star hotel, or just because it’s a once in a lifetime adventure. She gets an A++ for being a sport.