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13 Leaves

Ok, so maybe it’s a bit more than 13. My eyes blur when I try to count. As to the ones in the background, they don’t count at all, do they? What amazes me is that there are still so many leaves on the tree when so many more are already on the ground. They are like pretty snowdrifts on my sidewalk. Now where did I put my rake?

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Icelandic Music

I’ve been playing with youtube playlists lately.  I made myself one of Icelandic musicians. Here are a few from the list.

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Hike from Arnarstapi to Hellnar along the coast – the Hellnar End

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13 Pros and Cons of Traveling with OAT

OAT stands for Overseas Adventure Travel. They are fairly well named, as they will take you on adventures overseas. They were the ones I went to Mongolia, Indonesia, and Iceland with.

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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stieffvater p.221

The appetizers were delicious, not because of the kitchen, but because all food eaten in anticipation of a kiss is delicious.

Ambrosia of The Purple Booker
hosts Teaser Tuesday. To play along, grab your current read, open to a random page, share a couple of “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. Then go see Ambrosia to link up and visit others.

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Hike from Arnarstapi to Hellnar along the coast

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A Beach on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula

We hit the beach. In our winter coats. There was supposed to be some wildlife – seals and birds. So I searched for them.

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A Random 13

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We’re going to take a little intermission from my Iceland trip because I’m just feeling too random today.

2. The picture under #1 was in Borgarnes behind the Settlement Center.

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From Reykjavik to Stykkisholmur

These trips tend to cover a lot of ground quickly. The first day we arrived in the airport, then toured the city, met up for dinner, and had a meeting in which everyone introduced themselves and we talked about the trip.

On the second day we did all this:

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Helgafell

Toward the end of the day we hiked up Holy Mountain – also known as Helgafell. I didn’t get my act together fast enough. I missed whatever the guide might have said on the hike up and down the mountain. Just as well, as my pen was out of juice. So this is all based on memory.

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Snorri Sturluson

After the lava falls, we stopped off to visit some land Snorri Surluson owned.

Snorri Sturluson was a poet/historian/politician. Back in his day (1179-1241) it was kind of all one role. History was kept in the form of poetry. Lawmakers referred to history in their decision making. And Snorri was in the thick of it.

He was a major land holder with seven chieftainships, five profitable estates, and an harbor. His first wife was an heiress.

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Hraunfossar Waterfalls

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Random Pictures of Iceland

I was originally planning on posting about Reykjavik today, as that’s where the tour started, but it looks like I will have to wade through several hours of recordings first. I ran out of time. So instead, I bring you a random assortment of pictures from the first few days of the trip.

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Iceland and Greenland

Some general impressions:

  1.   I’ve heard it before, but it’s really true.  Iceland is green and Greenland is icy.  Talk about false advertising.
  2.   It’s all Eric the Red’s fault.
  3.   Iceland is really expensive.
  4.  The economic crash of 2008 left a bigger impression there.
  5.  They eat a lot of fish.
  6.   Much of which is raw.
  7.  They also served us stuff like shark, horse, and lava.  Yeah, I’ll explain the lava, but not for a few days.  🙂
  8.  Iceland is one huge volcanic field dotted by volcanoes.
  9.   It’s really, really “new” land.
  10.   It hasn’t been inhabited all that long.
  11.  Greenland is deadly
  12.  and desolate.
  13.   Both places have their charms.
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Things I Wanted to Do

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Just a quick look back at a previous post.

1. I can’t say I’ve really gotten back to blogging, but I’ve gotten better. 🙂

2 I’m still sitting around in the living room, but that is partly because I’m nursing a concussion. Moving gives me a headache.

3. I’ve taken little nibbles at the computer issues. I’m still not fully functional, but getting closer.

4. Motivation has been creeping up on me. Maybe I don’t really need to worry about my lack of it.

5. My reading has returned to normal levels.

6. I haven’t gotten much work done, but I’ve been trying. Kind of the revers of what I was after.

7. Gained weight rather than losing.

8. Still haven’t got the cell phone set up.

9. Been eating chocolate. Probably why I’m not losing weight.

10. Gifts are shipped! Now I have a couple of cards to come up with, but otherwise free and clear.

11. Got The Boy to fix my bicycle. Yay! Been riding, but now holding off until concussion goes away.

12. Never enough sleep.

13. I’m unsuccessful in getting nothing done. I’m counting that as a good thing.

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