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On The Road (almost)

Hotel Skaftafell, Skaftafell

Getting out of Reykjavik took a lot longer than expected yesterday. At slightly after 9 a nice man from Geysir Car Rentals stopped by to pick us up and take us to our rental car. At first they were going to give us a manual, but I’m very rusty on stick shifting so we asked to switch to an automatic, which Anne had actually requested in the booking, and he was able to take us to one, a capacious gray Mazda. We drove back to the hotel, loaded up our stuff and were off.

Apparently Reykjavik only has one public laundramat, which is in the basement ofthe city’s youth hostel, a nice and modern complex situated beside the main swimming pools we had visited a week earlier. We found it ok, but someone else was just loading her laundry into the only working washer as we arrived. 45 minutes for her wash, then 45 mins for ours, and then an hour for the dryer… Pretty soon it was noon and we were still sitting in the basement of the Youth Hostel in Reykjavik, not on the road as we expected. On the plus side, I got to finish my book (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, highly recommended) and we had a pitstop downtown for hotdogs “with everything” at Reykjavik’s favorite hot dog stand, Bæjarins Beztu. (Apparently Bill Clinton is a fan.)

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