Thursday, March 22, 2001

The Land of Fire and Ice

Amsterdam, Netherlands
I woke up around 7:30 am, showered and dressed. I lay back down for a while before I went downstairs for breakfast at 9:50am. Theoretically, breakfast stops being served at 10. It was your standard fare of bread, croissant, and yogurt. We caught a cab to the train station, and a train to the airport. Planes, trains, and automobiles. I had McD’s for lunch to use up the last of my gulden. We boarded the 1:20pm flight and sat on the ground for over an hour due to snow delay. Apparently, it doesn’t snow that much here.

At 2:30 I was watching the snow slide slowly down the window. It was so thick that there was only a dime size hole to look out of. It didn’t look like it was still snowing, but our flight was pushed back until 3:10. We left the gate at 3:45…two and a third hour after we were due to. The woman I sat next to on the flight was a writer, and almost scolded me for not keeping my journal updated because my travel companions discouraged it. So much of this journal was written afterwards, but I've tried to retain as much detail as possible.

Reykjavik, Iceland
We arrived at 6:45 pm local time in Iceland, which is 7:45 in Amsterdam. I used an ATM to pull out 10,000 ISK, or about 111 USD. A shuttle bus from the airport took us straight to the hotel. It was about 8 pm when we went to the Hotel Loftleider for dinner. I think we all went with the buffet, which consisted mostly of fish. We looked into what to do tomorrow (the delayed flight caused us to arrive after the travel places had closed. The ‘Golden Circle’ looks good, but there are a lot of shopping stops en route. It looks like renting a car is more cost effective and gives us greater mobility and freedom to do what we please. We’ll have to wake up early (7am) because Iceland seems to be an ‘early to bed, early to rise’ kind of place.

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