16.12.2006 -6 °C
The streetlights flicker off at 10.46am
The orange disc of the Sun finally reaches my room 2 hours later, and promptly starts setting again.
This is Iceland in the winter, and my god it's beautiful. I honestly think the things I see every day would make the happiest man jealous.
For example, this was the view of Esja a couple of weeks ago:
What better sight to greet you as you prepare for Christmas? At last I can have that Christmas feeling! Exams are over! I officially have nothing to do for the next 3 weeks!
But before I lapse into a description of my adventures over the past month, a quick thought again about the melancholy of winter here:
Although there are things about Bristol I miss, what I'll miss most here are the mountains. My walk to university every day takes me 5 minutes to the edge of town, and 5 minutes with my eyes directed towards the wide open space partially occupied by the small domestic airport and the university campus, settled into marshland. From here I can see the distant mountains, now so covered in snow they resemble a giant glacier advancing towards me every morning.
I've been on a couple of trips despite the 'intense' revision *ahem*. Will came and we drove around the Reykjanes Peninsula and the Golden Circle, it's wonderful to see everything so frozen. It was really nice to drive through, but in the sky we could see small private planes, and just think how much nicer it would be to take a Sunday afternoon fly around Iceland? It must look spectacular from the air right now, but hey, I guess I'll find out on Thursday!
Incidentally, I am flying back this Thursday, and hoping against serious delay I fully plan to be in the pub in the evening, so please join me :-) I guess I'll send out a text...gee...I have no idea if I even have any English credit...
But anyway, pictures of this trip can be seen here:
My second trip was last saturday and was the incredibly awesome 'super jeep' trip to a glacier. And it only cost around £50, where it would usually cost £120-£130 normally! It was perishingly cold, but of course totally worth it, a fleet of 5 jeeps full of students and slightly mad drivers (they all are here) hurtling around the frozen wastelands. On the way one of the jeeps suddenly went off-road to skid around on a frozen lake, and not to be outdone, the rest of us soon followed :-)
I've heard rumours of a 5-day trip to Greenland organised by the university in Jan/Feb. It costs ~£300, but do you think that's going to stop me? Hell no!
See you soon guys, I'll talk all your ears off soon with tales, but don't worry, I'll bring presents too!
Sjáumst (See you)!