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When Anders first suggested Iceland for our summer vacation trip, I wasn't all that enthusiastic. It's expensive. People mostly go there for the scenery and outdoor activities. It's small. But the more I've learned and read and heard, the more excited I've started to get about it. I've seen Jeanine's photos and heard colleague's accounts and it sounded lovely but what was there really to do for someone who doesn't do bathing suits and isn't thrilled at the prospect of horseback riding or nature hiking for days on end?

I've heard Iceland compared to the moon and heard that it's like no other place on earth and photos certainly seem to bear that out, so maybe going there just for the natural beauty is enough. But I tend to like vacations where there's a little more on the agenda. So we've scheduled a guided tour of the Golden Circle where we'll get to see the original Geysir (the one that all other geysers are named for) and the Gullfoss waterfall and some other lovely things, and we've scheduled a whale & puffin watching boat tour (yay seasickness!) and we've planned 2 nights around the southeast end of the island and we'll stop and see things along the way. And of course, we'll go to the Blue Lagoon, though I'm not 100% the hefty entrance fee is worth it.

Iceland, despite the ongoing economic crash, and the devaluation of the krónur, is still plenty pricey. I can't do any of the conversion math in my head. Things cost TENS OF THOUSANDS of Icelandic krónur. It's like what I remember Italian lire doing before, though I'm not sure they still do. 1 million krónur equals 55,128 Swedish kronor, which is $8,588.11 ... $1.00 / SEK 6.41 / ISK 115.88

So the prices are giving me palpitations and even Anders' conversions don't do much to lessen the panic, as even SINGLE THOUSANDS equals a lot of frickin' money. Anyway, too late to back out now. We have plane tickets (non-refundable) and downpayments paid on hostels booked for both Rejkjavik and Hofn and 2 tours booked and paid for.

We're going to Iceland!

And I found this, isn't it cool?
So I can look to see what kind of shopping is available and where all the art galleries and museums and sights that don't require special outdoor equipment are. :)

A few days after we get back, my mom arrives and maybe my brother will have a baby by then! Whee! Good things!

More Good Things
♥ Strawberries & cream
♥ Re-reading a fantastic book I haven't read since college: Was by Geoff Ryman
♥ Swedish summer sunshine
♥ Ripe raspberries and ripening cherries in our backyard!
♥ Gigantic Bombardier June Bugs!
♥ Electric fans
♥ 2.5 more days of work before vacation starts!
♥ iPad puzzle/quest games
♥ The extremely clean & empty garage (Yay Anders!)
♥ So many things thwacked off my to-do lists!

Tomorrow I am going in for the allergy operation-treatment thingy. I am still scared of it, but I'm trying not to think about it and just go and get it over with in the hopes that it will work and make things better and I won't be stuffed up all the time and can quit blowing my nose TENS OF THOUSANDS of times a day. That might only be a thousand times in Swedish terms, but still: enough, already.

Bombardier Bug Attack! Belated Birthday Wishes to thehula and verian!
mood: happy
music: Lady Gaga—Edge of Glory


You can get a free currency converter app for your iPhone. I can program mine for my top countries and they're right there at the flick of a button. I've stopped doing crazy math in my head.

I hope the operation does everything for your body you hope it does. Yay for breathing!

And this I found HILARIOUS: "But I tend to like vacations where there's a little more on the agenda." HAAAAAA!!!! I bet you do Missy :-P

hahahaha! I see what I did there, now XD

Good things! I sure wish we had raspberries in the garden. Maybe by next year, as we've talked about putting some in and where they might go.

They tend to take over, so watch out :)


You're Going to Iceland!!!!! Happy Dance!!!!


From Megsie

First of all: Why are June bugs on your "Good Things" list? EWWW. They fly at your head and get stuck in your hair. And they CRUNCH when you step on them. Not to mention they crash into the windows after dark, so you think it is raining.

Okay. There. Anyways...YOU'RE GOING TO ICELAND! I think it sounds wonderful. I am sure there must be a place to get a good massage, and it sounds like you already have an itinerary. Maybe the nature will win you over and you will become one with your outdoorsy never know. When do you leave?

I sure hope your operation-treatment thingy works and is not too uncomfortable for you. You deserve not to blow your poor sweet nose so much. I will send good thoughts your way. So let me know how it goes.

We just finished off our 40 pounds of strawberries tonight. Most went into the freezer for my husband's smoothies, but I made a pie, he made some bread, and we drank the rest in the form of margaritas. We will miss them berries. Wild Black Raspberries are next! Hooray!

Re: From Megsie

Haha! They're not the same kind of June bugs as in the States...these are only brown, and I'm only watching them from Inside, not being outside when they are flying around so I haven't experienced them flying into my hair or stepping on them (EW!)

The operation thing went fairly fast but it was pretty awful...though not as bad I was imagining. I'll write more about it soon.

Wild black raspberries! Aren't those called BLACKBERRIES? :D

Re: From Megsie

No. They are different! They taste different. Here is the explanation (from

How do you tell the difference between a blackberry and black raspberry?

The most obvious difference is that a black raspberry is hollow -- the core of the fruit stays on the plant when it is picked, while the core stays in a blackberry. Black raspberry fruit are also smaller, less shiny. and have a bluish waxy coating between the sections of the berry.

First off: good luck with your operation-treatement thingy! I hope that in the end looking back you'll say "wow, was that all?". And ofcourse that it'll bring the desired results of not having to blow your nose constantly! :)

Your visit to Iceland sounds great (though I hear you on the money thing, our trip here to Wales is getting more and more expensive every day since I hadn't calculated in the fact that some of the stuff here is just so expensive, more so then at home or at other destinations I've travelled to over the past years), I can't wait to hear stories and see pics. Wedone a whale watch several years ago back in New England and it was just awesome. Have a great trip!

I loved Wales, I would like to go back, as we were only there over a long weekend long ago when Martin was only 5 months old. I didn't realize it was expensive there, though!

I am thouroughly enjoying Wales myself. Already know I'll want to come back some time, 1.5 weeks is simply not enough time heh. I could see us living here for a while, too! :) THough I guess that's not gonne happen haha.

We were discussing cost of living, groceries and going out to eat etc over dinner tonight. It's interesting to compare the prices of say the local pub here and a local restaurant back home - the pub is sooo much cheaper then our local restaurants while the atmosphere and the food itself is pretty similar. But then if you compare grocery shopping, I dare say that stuff here is more expensive then it is back home - we picked up some little things like cheese and bread, some soda and some beer, the first evening here, and had to pay 46GBP!! I guess once we get home next week I'll know for real whether it's been an expensive holiday or not ;-) I am NOT looking forward to the moment I check our bankaccount though /giggles I tend to try and keep an eye on the spending while abroad as well but S. is a lot looser with money here then at home (within limits obviously)! :)


June Bugs? You just made me realize that the month is over and I haven't even seen one June Bug! What happened? Are they all over in Sweden? More likely they were devoured by the zillions of mosquitos that are attacking this address! And it's so sad to look outside in the evening for the lightning bugs and instead of the hundreds in my youth- there are only a few! Silent Spring. Love, Lizardmom

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