We thought we’d get a head start on the day by getting up before noon, but the jokes on us. Nothing is really open except the occasional coffee shop. Amanda’s smiles and polite, accurate Spanish gets us some bread and a few scrambled eggs.
It’s enough to start the day where we will see what many consider the top site in Spain, the Alhambra.
Brrrrr…. the AirBnB flat is freaking cold, no more than 60 F with the little electric heaters. I timidly reach from under the blanket to my phone to see the time. It’s noon!
Ha, I chuckle. We got hit by jetlag. I change the benzene tank that runs the hot water heater, and to the relief of my traveling companions, take my first shower in two and a half days. Read more
We are on the oldest 767 in operation, flying an excruciating 16-hour route on frequent flyer tickets to Madrid via Dallas-Ft. Worth. The plane is unbearably hot. There are only those tiny old style TVs playing something that looks like the original ‘Cars’ movie. The flight attendants are a little surly. And of course we are in coach.
That’s right. The food is terrible and the portions are so small. We are headed to Madrid for free and complaining about it.
Trish is home from the hospital finally. She was admitted 5 days ago after unbearable pain and an emergency room admission. It’s Thursday September, 27th and I haven’t seen her in 36 hours - the longest stretch in months. She arrives by ambulance and seems okay, although a bit disoriented. They have a little bit of trouble getting into the house with the extra long stretcher.
The campground is right in the center of Hveragerdi, a small town of 2000 inside the uber tourist route the ‘Golden Circle’. As such, it should get much more attention, but barely merits a page in the Iceland guidebook.
It’s an area famous for geo-termal fields of bubbling water and mud. maybe because there are no actual geysirs here, it has escaped the world’s attention. Driving around, it seems bigger than any of the towns we saw in the East. Lonely Planet hysterically says about the 2000 population town: ”This art gallery would be worth of a town four times the size.”