Sunday, December 28, 2008

White and Boring Xmas

Back from Paris and Geneva to Stockholm.

Had a really terrible xmas in Geneva... No white Xmas, and met a thief trying to pick my pocket on boxing day in the presumably safe Geneva?

Hope to enjoy more in the remaining days of Europe exchange here in Stockholm.

Update on the terribly long Paris stay and terribly boring but beautiful Geneva.

Seeing this inside the Norwegian plane back from Geneva to Stockholm, finally I understood why Switzerland is so sought after by tourists...

My heart is still with Iceland. :)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Ágætis Byrjun

A good beginning, a good day, in Iceland.

Weather: Perfect.

After comparison, we took a Toyota Yaris from Hertz. The Hertz lady had shown me her Icelandic warmness and friendliness.

We went out from airport and felt the cold wind slashing on our face, yes, this is Iceland! Soon we set out on the Icelandic road, accompanied by beautiful dusk light, and the rugged landscapes of Iceland, to the beautiful accident of men and the Earth, the Blue Lagoon.

The Blue Lagoon (Bláa lónið) is a geothermal spa located in Grindavik which is fed by water from the nearby geothermal plant. If it was still day time, the view must be very amazing.

Mist and smoke, coupled with the misty blue water, and rocks. The water kept me warm in this weather at 1 or 2 deg Celcius.

I enjoyed my first ever steam-spa, charcoal-spa, geothermal-spa and applying the cream or mud of Blue Lagoon (which costs a big fortune to buy from their retail stores) on my face.

How could we not take some pictures to commemorate these so many once-in-a-lifetime?

3 hours to Laugavatn passing by the sleeping Reykjavik, before the next day's Classic Golden Circle adventure.

Finally, presenting a song, Ágætis Byrjun, by the Icelandic band Sigur Rós which means a good beginning. That really fits into a good start that I had in Iceland.

More videos available to be downloaded here in Sigur Rós official website.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

This is Iceland

Lýðveldið Ísland in Icelandic, or simply Iceland in English.
The land of Sigur Rós and Björk. I guess they are so representative of Iceland and they generate their own genre of Icelandic music.

Sigur Rós Film featuring the surrealistic and dreamy, rugged landscape of Iceland. I regretted for not listening to them earlier before I went to Iceland.

I love Iceland.
The people, horses, the rugged landscapes, the geothermal spring, the black beach, the ice...
Despite the harsh winter of Iceland.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Winter Ice Skating

Cheapest ever.

40kr for a pair of ice skating shoes, in Kungstragården outdoor.
Equivalent to RM20, or SGD 8?

Yeah so KIND of them to have an outdoor ice skating rink around the statue of don't-know-who.

Later, walked through the street that is decorated with Xmas and booths. Xmas is just around the corner!