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.
Barry you were never that mechanically inclined, looks like a step up from your red turtle. Some nice pictures of the waterfalls.
Cool pics, those waterfalls would make a great water hazard. Any golf courses on Iceland?
There are actually 65 golf courses. Only 15 of them are 18 holes, the rest are 9 holes. I have seen signs to a couple but not any courses themselves. I think they might be more rocky than those in Hawaii & a bit cooler but you can play midnight golf here.