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2. I was going to do 13 illustrations. Put it off too long, and now I’m too tired.

3. I gave my hubby a bunch of Dove chocolate hearts which I laid out on his desk in the shape of a huge heart. He loved it.

4. I should have taken a picture.

5. By the time I realized it would make a good post, he’d already hidden them from me.

6. I’m back in the Diabetes and Heart Disease Program.

7. I have pix from my Iceland trip ready to go, but not the words to go with them.

8. I’ll regale you with it later.

9. It’s cold here.

10. I’m wearing two sets of leggings one one top of another, same with two pairs of socks, and two sweaters.

11. I considered doing “13 things I’m wearing right now” but came out with an even number.

12. I have tons of work piled up.

13. Including tax returns.

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Godafoss Waterfall

Godafoss aka Waterfall of the Gods got it’s name when one of the Iceland’s parliament members threw his Norse god statues into the waterfall to show his devotion when Christianity was adopted as the official religion in 1000. It is glacier run off that falls 40 feet to pool.

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Stykkisholmur to Akureyri

This day we spent as much time traveling from one hotel to another as taking in the local attractions. So, only three stops.

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Icelandic Horses

We spent much of the middle of the day at a ranch. I’m not sure if they make more money from selling their horses to points all around the world, or taking in tourists. They certainly had a practiced set up.

First we ate lunch, which consisted of the usual fair – salad bar, great bread, soup, and sliced meat. We were told the meat was horse, but it tasted just like beef. Yes, I am the kind of person who could happily eat Flicka.

We were then herded out onto the porch which was in the process of being converted into bleachers to watch the show. They brought out three horses and literally put them through their paces – running them around a track over and over.
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Waterfall and Rainbow

We made another stop not long after we left the Erik the Red Museum. At first it wasn’t much to look at. This wasn’t in the printed itinerary, but was well worth the stop. As to what it’s called? This was the last sign (Below) I saw before we reached it. Your guess is as good as mine.

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Erik the Red Museum

We started the day with a visit to the Erik the Red Museum, which consisted of three small buildings – a shop, a pitstop with attached informational kiosk, and a reproduction of the turf house where Erik the Red, also known as Erik Thorvaldsson, once lived. Or rather, this was one of many places where Erik Thorvaldsson lived.

His claim to fame is in colonizing Greenland. That and having fathered Leif Erikson. I’ll get back to all that in a minute.

As soon as we’d all made use of the facilities, we headed into the turf house. There a young man in traditional garb armed with props, a heavy accent, and lots of one-line jokes greeted us. We sat around the long fire pit on the reproduction beds and listened to Erik’s story.

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Snaefellsness Peninsula

Time for a quick review of “Day 4” of my Iceland trip. We drove from our hotel in Stykkisholmur to the end of the peninsula then back to the hotel.

I’m not sure where on the map the beach is. I got the guide to show me twice but I hadn’t packed a highlighter (that is most certainly going on the packing list in the future) and had to borrow. Unluckily neither a bar nor a bus is a good place to highlight maps. Anyway, I’m guessing the beach was about half way to the end of the peninsula along the southern edge. We went to the tip, looped toward the North at the tip, then dropped back to the Southern road to return to the hotel. The peninsula is 48 miles long. So with backtracking and looping around and such we probably went about 100 miles for the day.

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Eating Greenland Shark

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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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OAT

Overseas Adventure Travel.

Often called “oat” by the tour guides and tourists, Overseas Adventure Travel is the company that I have been traveling with for the last few years on my overseas adventures. In other words, I went to Mongolia, Indonesia, and Iceland with them, but not Belize, Canada, or Mexico.

Would you like to go? Really? If you use the coupon code for a discount from my sidebar, then I will get credit good toward future trips. Added to the credit I’ve piled up from having gone on previous trips, in a decade or so I might be able to go on one for free. Yipeee!

Don’t expect my posts to change, though. I’d rather forgo a free trip than skip a chance to complain. 🙂

So here’s how it works. If you mention my referral number – 1940244 – then you will get a nice little discount and I will get the credit. Tell them Alice sent you.

At the moment, the discount they are offering is $200. You have to book your trip by 10/6/17 for one of the trips they are offering in 2018 to qualify. The discount code is SEPT200. So far they have sent me a flier for this kind of offer about four times a year. As soon as I get a new one, I’ll post it for you.

You can check out what kinds of trips are available here.

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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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