I met an Icelandic girl in the hostel café who taught me a few words; most are very similar to Norwegian words I have learned. Regardless, I can’t understand a thing that I hear or read in regular Icelandic. She also shared some dried codfish with me, which is a traditional Icelandic snack; it was surprisingly good…. like fishy chips and super healthy. In return I gave her a hard maple syrup candy.
I then went for a walk around the downtown sector. I had a basic map but there are few street signs and it never really knew where I was according to the map. Everything is pretty close together though so it’s hard to get lost. I went to a few gift shops, walked by the ocean and in some residential areas. My walk would have been a lot better if it wasn’t SOOO windy! The weather itself is only around -2C but the wind makes the temperature unbelievably cold! The wind nearly pushed me over a few times and once it pushed me on a slab of ice so I was skating but couldn’t stop! There was no one else walking and I only seldom saw cars, everyone must be hiding from the brutal wind. I ended up in a café and got a coffee and a kleina. Kleina is singular for a traditional Icelandic fried pastry… kind of like a twisted doughnut. It was yummy!
Grocery stores are always so neat in foreign countries. Some things are so similar to what I am familiar with while other things are completely different. The prices are also something that will take a while to get used to. I ended up whipping out my ipod to use as a calculator to convert all the prices into Canadian to make more sense. On average, the prices aren’t to outrageous here (aside from a $26 block of cheese I found), it is just strange that everything costs hundreds or thousands of Krona as opposed to their North America equivalents which are 1 or 10 dollar items. Basically, if I don’t mind looking silly with my calculator, I can divide the Krona by 122 which gives me the dollar amount. I ended up with some yoghurt, crackers, cheese spread, dried fruit, juice boxes etc… it should last me the 3 days. I didn’t get the pickled fish or bacon wrapped dates that I saw :S. I’m also hoping to go out for food at one point and try some putrefied shark (which is apparently very difficult to find) or some puffin.
Tomorrow I will try to go to the blue lagoon for the afternoon and the next day Ill book a full day Golden Circle tour, which is “the” thing to do here. It’s a loop from Reykjavik to inner Iceland and back to see geysers, waterfalls, farms, geothermal activities etc… I just hope I can get some good pictures and that it’s not to dark. As for now, I have managed to stay up until 930pm so its time for bed! I have to be up for 10am to check out of my private room and into my shared dorm. I can still hear the wind outside, its brutal!