A Day on the Town

We walked all over Reykjavik today (not sure how many miles) starting out by checking out of the condo and grabbing croissants and morning buns at a great little place where they were making the pastries before our eyes. We wandered around and visited the National Gallery and National Museum, city hall, fashion and shopping district.
We got the history of Iceland  down but we are butchering the language. It’s really hard to pronounce Icelandic. Most people we have met speak English so far it’s been easy to communicate. After a free jazz concert at the Harpa Concert Hall, dinner at a small place that served soup in bread bowl then back to our hotel. I’m exhausted.

Tomorrow out to the country

Photos left to right. Broud & Co., Typical architecture, Andy meets a local,  What to watch for out in the mountains!

A Travel Day to Reykjavik

The sunset was taken at 10.30 pm.  Sunset 12.30am, sunrise 2.30am.

Today was a Travel day. By the time we got out of the airport and to the condo, it was nearly five o’clock.  We went out and walked around and had an Icelandic dinner. Lots of fish!  And delish! It’s a quaint city old and new. Lots of things king on here including Gay Pride Week and a jazz festival . Tomorrow we will explore the museums, including the phallological Museum, (maybe) and shops. Its pretty cold here for mid summer. Everybody is dressed in coats and boots.

Iceland Here We Come

What with school starting soon and Andre getting a new geology job,(the one he wanted) we decided to celebrate with a trip that encompassed both art and Geology. So here we are, in the airport waiting for our plane. We have a great itinerary planned for the week. I will keep you posted with pics and info.

Thursday June 16 Cuba

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Today was a free day for us. Bonnie Marsha and I took a tourist sight-seeing bus in the morningand saw Havana neighborhoods from a different view on top of an open-air bus. We stopped at the cathedral plaza and had a cool one. I got my fortune told by a Santoria woman. she used Tarot cards and shells. It was a GOOD one. I got a sacred rock for health. I hope it protects me from all the sick people on the trip. We walked around Old Havana and shopped in a great old Cuban department store turned into a market place. We went back to the plaza and took a ride home in ’59 pepto-bismol pink Pontiac Skyhawk with Continental kit. Now THAT was fun.

If it’s Tuesday it must be Cuba

imageimageimageThe agriculture farms were a result of the special period when people had no food. We visited one large farm that now has 25 acres. Mostly vegetables and fruits. Everything is organic. No pesticides or fertilizers were available at that time due to the embargo. They use good bugs to eat the bad ones, 8 wells for water. Flowers are grown and animals were brought in for the compost. There are now 163 workers who are trained and well paid. The community comes to buy the products at a store run by the coop. 20% goes to restaurants
Guiar is a plant that is used to make maracas and medicine, sour sop, fruta bomba. Sugar apple, cheese fruit, beans, peppers.
For lunch we landed at Cojima a small fishing town where Hemmingway was inspired to write “Old Man an the Sea” here. They had his favorite table dedicated to him.
Guanacos is a town dedicated to the Santoria religion. This is African/Yoruba melded with Catholicism. Dancing, Congo and Rumba. We got an intro to this. No tourists here!
We are now on our way to dinner at a jazz club. This was real jazz with a singer and incredible musicians. A relief from the restaurant BuenaVista Social Club style musicians
I cannot count the times I have gotten on and off the bus during the trip.