Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Is That A Geyser In That Picture, Or Was He Just Happy To See Me?
Seriously though folks, I'll say right out of the gate that Iceland didn't manage to be nearly as spectacular as I thought it would be. Which is not to say it wasn't spectacular. Because it was. Quite. It just wasn't as spectacular as I expected it to be.
This is not Iceland's fault. My expectations were ridiculously high.
It's possible that if I didn't live in, or hadn't traveled extensively around Western Norway, I would have thought Iceland was the fucking BOMB!
But alas, I do. And I have. Been to Yellowstone a couple of times too...
Consequently Iceland, in all its anomalous geological glory, fell just short of knocking my socks off.
What Western Norway doesn't have though, is The Blue Lagoon.
This was the first stop on our trip. We were instructed to have swimming suits in our carry-ons, so we were good to go almost as soon as we landed.
Conversations while soaking in the Blue Lagoon tended to be hushed; movements tended to be slow, almost sloth-like. There was no rampant merriment or splashing about. Even the few children I saw were subdued. Not because there were any specific rules that I saw prohibiting loud mucking about, but just because anything less than dignified reverence in the midst of all that sulfury steam would have seemed gauche.
It was, however, permissable to wander about this magnificent blue puddle with a cold beer in your hand. Which we did. Gauche be damned.
Apparently, that little pool there in the foreground was a favorite spot--bless their ghoulish Viking hearts--to drown women who were found guilty of witchcraft and incest (because we all know how incest is usually the girl's fault).
Anyway, I thought the rainbow over Mister's shoulder was a nice touch. But, ya' know, that's what rainbows do in Iceland. They follow you around everywhere, and pose prettily in pictures with you.
That's it. I take it back.
On second thought, Iceland really was just. that. spectacular. I think I'll go back someday before all the glaciers melt--further explore interior of the country and maybe go whale watching if there's any left.