Iceland Day 2 – June 9
Today’s leg is about 221 km and according to Google maps, about a 2 h 58 min drive.
One thing I first noticed on this trip was the difference on how the initial interaction is between host & guest. This difference is even more pronounced in Iceland. In North America, the host makes the first move by saying “Hello” or “How may I help you”. Here it is up to the guest to make the first move, otherwise, you end up in a staring contest until you speak. Now my first Icelandic hostess was very good looking so I did lose my voice for a while.
In general, the Icelandic people are very more reserved than the Scottish. They all can speak excellent English but sometimes they use the wrong words.
It took me quite a while to get organized to start the day. The car rental person showed up at 08:00 to drive us to the rental location. Met 3 young girls from Toronto who were also being transported to the car rental place.
Here is a picture of my Darcia Logan MCV or as I have nicknamed it: Barry’ s POS. Chris & I started with a BMW, then I had a Ford Focus & now I have this French crap. If you can believe it, this was an upgrade from what I supposed to get – Hyundai i30. Let’s start. In order to open the hatch, you must remove your only set of keys from the ignition, go to the trunk & insert key. You then must push the key in like a button to open the hatch. Took me a while to figure that out since there was no car manual anywhere on the vehicle. Very painful. I think Jordan riding his bike has more horsepower than this 3 cylinder thing. Manual windows. Feels extremely cheaply made. Handles like a walrus on land. Enough ranting.
Although it was rainy & windy in Reykjavik, it soon got better leaving town. I am on the ring road heading counterclockwise which brings me to the south first. There are a lot of big waterfalls in this region. It is very hard to get good pictures as you will get soaked once you get close enough.