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Thursday, Sept.17, 2019 – The Sagas

After the museum, we left by bus and rode a short distance. It is hard to park the buses and vans on some of these streets so we were dropped off on a major...

Thursday, Sept.17, 2019 – The Viking Museum in Reykjavik

I found my way to the buses and went into Reykjavik to the Viking Museum and then on to a place where we will hear the Sagas. It’s nearly second nature to me now...

Thursday, Sept.17, 2019 – The Viking Sagas

Today I am on my own. My wife has gone off on a photo training excursion. I don’t know why, her photos are great. Hum. Perhaps she needs a little quiet time. I can...

Sept.16, 2019 – The Sod farm

Yesterday we went to Eyjafjordur on the Natural Treasures tour. Today we are off to the sod farm. Today we are on the Litliber Turf Farm tour. At first glance this may not seem...

Sept.16, 2019 – Back to Reykjavik

So far we are injury free on this trip, unlike our recent trip to Central Asia. My wife saw a photo that she had to have of a bread cart there with lovely fresh...

Sept.13, 2019 – My diet on board

I am pleased by the wonderful food available on the ship, The Viking Sea. Fish is my first choice and I will do my best to sample all of those dishes. I usually loose...

Sept.13, 2019 – The Viking Sea

Our ship is a small one. It feels like a family reunion with all of my cousins showing up for free food and two weeks of visiting. We went through the usual formalities before...

Sept.11, The houses and landscape of Reykjavik

The houses here are made of corrugated steel quite often. They are very clean and are painted in many bright colors. Maybe that helps to prevent the winter blues that people get when they...

Sept.7,2019 – Leaving home

We have made it to LAX in our private van. No un-scrubbed masses for us. We got through checking in and getting rid of our luggage without too much trouble. The woman was polite...

Sept.10,2019 – The Blue Lagoon

It’s quite a long but pleasant drive along the coast to the Blue Lagoon. There are a few houses on farms along the way. On one side is the moss covered lava fields and...

Sept.8, 2019 – We have arrived in Reykjavik

We have arrived, finally at the Hilton Hotel in Reykjavik. It is 10:30 am and we are bushed. The Hilton is very modern and tidy. The land is covered in black lava rock covered...

Sept.8, 2019 – The language

Reykjavik. That’s how it is spelled out but it doesn’t sound that way here when they say it. I heard a very interesting conversation in Finnish yesterday on the bus from the airport to...

Sept.15, 2019 – Going to Eyjaflordur on the Natural Treasures tour

Today we are off on another adventure. We are traveling by van out to the waterfalls in the Fnjoskdalur Valley. The Godfoss Waterfalls were named after a pagan priest and chieftain. They lie at...

Sept.14, 2019 – A day at sea

It is still cloudy but the seas are calmer. We have a discussion to attend today at four. Today is National Hoagie Day and we did our best to observe it as one should....

Sept.14, 2019 – The Arctic Circle

It is 3:09 pm and we are approaching both the Iceland and the Arctic Circle. This afternoon there is a gathering for those who will cross this imaginary line for the first time. We...

Sept.13 – Friday the 13th- Out at sea.

We are in rolling seas this evening. Our original route is in the middle of a tremendous storm with forty foot seas. Yes, it is Friday the thirteenth. Perfect! We are going to seek...

Sept.13, 2019 – The gale

We are off into the night and sailing east. The sky is without stars. “That’s interesting,” I thought. The sea begins to change in short order and white caps with frothy tips are passing...

Sept.13, 2019 – The weather

We are back on board wondering about tomorrow when the captain’s voice comes on the loudspeaker. He sounds wise and intelligent. There is a subtle difference between those two words. “We are facing some...

Sept. 11, 2019 – Bergen Norway

We arrived in the lovely town of Bergen under dark skies. We took a scenic drive to town from the airport through a few long tunnels and a gracefully winding road. The town is...

Sept.12, 2019 – The Airport at Reykjavik

We are flying to Bergen Norway from Reykjavik today to catch our ship. They made us put all of our liquids into small, transparent, plastic bags here. Here and in Paris are the only...

Sept. 11, 2019 – Icelandic horses and Geography

The Icelandic horses are a breed unto themselves. They have gone to other countries to be shown, but they are never allowed to come back to Iceland after they leave. I know that it...

Sept.11, 2019 – The Grand Circle

We had another great breakfast at our hotel this morning. The choices were almost endless. We then left for an all day drive in a bus out into the vast interior of Iceland and...

Sept.9, 2019 – We toured the city again-

We took the hop on-hop of bus today. We met an interesting couple from Argentina and Uruguay. That is to say that he was from Argentina and she was originally from Uruguay. They are...

Sept.11, 2019 – We have arrived in Reykjavik, Iceland

The flight to Iceland was uneventful. We are traveling with a small backpack, one large and one small suitcase, a hand carry, soft, zipper topped bag, and my wife is crying a small cross...

Sept.26 – The cruise in the North Atlantic.

We are safely back from our cruise to Iceland, Norway, Greenland and Canada. Do you ever wonder where the hurricanes go after they leave the U.S. We now know. It was a bumpy ride,...

Seeing the world- Sept. – 2019

My wife and I always ravel in tour groups. When you travel alone, it is much more difficult and I think you gain less from it. How much of a country can you see...

A big thank you – Sept. 2019

I want to thank all of you folks that I met in the later part of last year and this year on my travels to Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, and the Five Stans on...

Japan

We have family members who are Japanese. Two siblings came to live with my mother and father in law several years ago. They came to go to college and improve their English. The brother,...

Travel behavior

Hey, you aren’t as cute as you think you are when you drink too much in the plane or on the cruise ship. You say more stupid things than when you are sober. Not...

Clothing styles while traveling- Sept. 2019

Hey, I have an idea. Why not wear appropriate clothing while traveling. Look, we all want to see the sights around the worlds great cities, right? Well, just remember what a church or mosque...