Wednesday, October 28, 2009

ICELAND SAGA: Revisiting Akureyri's Botanical Garden and Getting Back to Reykjavik

On our last morning in Akureyri we just had to go back to the Botanical Garden and see the bees again--plus, I was going to kick myself if I didn't take some decent pictures of those amazing flowers.  We encountered something I had never seen before.  An overwhelming majority of the busy bees we had seen working away two days before were resting on the flowers.  Do bees do this in the morning?  I was almost sure the first one I saw was dead, but I soon realized there were a ton of bees like this.  I guess they knew I was coming and decided to pose for me to make photographing them easier.

I love this picture.  The fence going around the perimeter of the garden was so neat.  This shot was taken from the outside looking into the garden.

Here's a wider shot of the fence.

Our guesthouse here was my least favorite: it was a little far from town, the shower backed up quickly (gross), and worst of all the hot tub was empty--as if we wouldn't notice!


Once we made our way back to Reykjavik we were greeted with the tail end of the Gay Pride Festival.  Unfortunately we missed the parade, but we did get to see crowds of people making their way to the city center for a free concert (of music that we could not understand the words to).

That evening we went to the outskirts of the city to take a dip in their once beachy-type geothermal pool.  That long pool of water was nice and warm, but not hot.  I didn't have the guts to walk wet in mid-50 degree weather to the open water.  I was confused as to whether or not that water was chilly, save for that small circle of water marked by those three little poles.  I guess I'll never know.

Joe was determined to, at some point on our trip, go to a "Euro Trash Bar," and he had his eyes set on the bar at Hotel 101 from day one.  We have enough class that we didn't take pictures inside, but that didn't stop us from taking pictures by the sign outside.  Our martinis cost $18 a piece.

The next Iceland post will be the last one, folks!  Woo hoo!

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