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Monday, October 10, 2016

Blue Lagoon

Today was a very relaxing day. We woke up late, had breakfast, and went into town. Once there we visited the sculpture of a viking ship on the waterfront, and spent some time looking for a geocache. Mom has some travel bugs she wants to get started, so we dropped one off today.

The description for the geocache was of a park, but the area has degraded somewhat since it was placed, and it looks more like the neighborhood abandonment zone or dump. The geocache was in a watertight box inside a watertight can inside a watertight barrel. The barrel and can, naturally, had water in them.

After that, we spent some time wandering the shopping street looking for souvenirs and gifts to take home. I'm planning on holding off until Thursday, since we leave for Akureyri on Friday. I did see one shop that sold cheap plastic horned helmets in adult sizes, so I might snag one of those to wear to work when I get back. Other than that, I'm still trying to decide what to get for people.

Lunch was once again a hot dog, but this time from Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur, a hot dog stand that is apparently famous because Bill Clinton ate a hot dog there in 2004.

Hot dogs here are really good... the guide of the walking tour didn't think they were anything special, but I think they're good. A combination of lamb, pork, and beef, and a bunch of condiments: raw onions, crispy fried onions, ketchup, sweet mustard, and something they call remoulade. I will need to scout the grocery stores around here to see if I can take a couple bottles back home with us.

After lunch we headed back to the car and took off to the main attraction for the day, the Blue Lagoon. This is a big geothermal spa between the airport and Reykjavik that seems to be in every guidebook's must-do section. It was very nice - 9 million liters of hot water loaded with silicates and other minerals. We had the "premium" package so we got robes, towels, and slippers provided, plus free silica mask and algae mask facial treatments. We also had a guaranteed reservation at the Lava restaurant that is attached, and a free drink at the swim-up bar. There is a waterfall that felt great, plus steam rooms and saunas.

Shortly after we arrived, the place got swarmed with several dozen French-speaking teenagers. Either it's a school holiday over there, or an entire plane-load of kids decided to skip school and go to Iceland for the day. I took after-school French in elementary school; I remember just enough to know that they were speaking it, but not what they were saying.

After a relaxing two and a half hour soak in the lagoon we cleaned up and headed into the restaurant. It was a nice place - we were probably a little under-dressed, but they went with it. I had the beef tenderloin, which had onion sauce, and oddly, french fries with Hollandaise. Strange combo - but good.

That was about it for the day. I went for a walk once we got back to the apartment, had a cookie for desert, and am going to bed. No video on the YouTube tonight - I am tired, and only shot maybe two minutes worth while walking through town.

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