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We started our holiday at 10:45 and went to pick Jen up, she will take my jeep back home. We went to Lonsdale Quay for the Canada Line to the airport. Such a good service, about half an hour and $2.75. Lana and I arrived at the airport in plenty of time and decided to go through security early. As we were going through Lana mentioned her camera and it was at that moment that I realized I had left mine, with all it's chargers, batteries, etc. in the jeep. Tried calling Jen but she was already in Squamish so......what to do?

Go to a vending machine!!

Best Buy has vending machines where they sell cameras, camera accessories and many other electronic gadgets. All at good prices. So, unexpected cost, but I now have a better camera than I had before. It is the same brand as I had before so the learning curve to use it is very small.

Our first day was spent hiking around Reykjavik. The city is pretty easy to navigate although there are some small challenges. There are often no signs on the intersections and streets change names from one side of a cross street, to the next. An Icelander told me that "we don't need them, Reykjavik is so small we know where everything is."

The City hall is not a pretty building on a cloudy rainy day but it is right on a little lake with lots of water birds. The Parliament Building is close by and is a lovely old stone building built in 1884 of hewn Icelandic rock. The Parliament consists of 63 members and meets regularly with no security, anyone can walk into the building and watch them conducting business. They have a president and a premier. The president is a figurehead but does have veto power over bills. Only the present president has ever used this ability.

There is a great place called The Lemon that has really good coffee, although the fact that we were there at 9:30 in the morning and it was our first coffee may have had something to do with it. The two young people working there were very helpful andinformative about Reykjavik.

Our place "Grettisborg apartments" is very well situated, one block to the main shopping/eating street and everything else within easy walking distance. We walked several kilometers getting to and from Hallgrimskirkja then later discovered it was only 3 blocks away.

By 2:30 we were both exhauxted, with sore feet, so we headed back to the bunk and settled in. When we awoke the sky was clear and the forecast for the aurora borealis of 4, on a scale of 1 to10 where 1 is minimal and light. So we headed out to one of the "best" spots outside Reykjavik. We did see lots of lights but they were very pale and we could not take pictures.

We feel pretty lucky with the weather as there was a lot of sunshine and very little rain today.

I am posting this without pictures as I am having technical difficulties, I will add them as soon as I can.

Posted by CheryleB 12:30 Archived in Iceland

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