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March 2017



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mythbusters kari eye

through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered--

First of all, kudos to Icelandair, which managed to weld a new engine on the plane or something while we were sitting on the tarmac, and there was only a 90 minute delay... and who had meal vouchers and new boarding passes waiting for us, without being fussed at about it, when we landed on the very large and scenic rock 90 minutes later than anticipated.

Wait, I might be getting ahead of myself.

Scott and I are enroute to Helsinki for Finncon. Mechanical difficulties delayed our flight out (Scott claims he saw Mary Robinette Kowal on the wing of the plane with a gremlin puppet) and so we missed our connection. Fortunately for both of us, we has fancy tickets for a change, and they are paying for themselves now, as we're in the fancy people lounge. Scott is napping (I got a little kip on the plane), and I am gorging myself on potted shrimp and cappuccino from a machine with buttons that is teaching me the icelandic words for Hot Water and Chocolate while we wait out a five-and-a-half-hour gap between our old flight and our new... which takes us to Copenhagen, not Helsinki, but Copenhagen can get us to Helsinki. So we'll just be nine hours late, and since we built an extra day into our travel schedule it's all good. Except, you know, missing our dinner date and nap time in Helsinki.

Anyway, Iceland is beautiful--what I've glimpsed from airplane windows and through the glass walls of walkways. Somewhere out there in the fog is a volcano, and there was sea ice on the way in.

Here's a photo of what I've seen of the mountain.

I'd post a photo of my scrounged fancy people lounge midnight breakfast (Okay, it's more like a 3 am breakfast, as Iceland is on GMT without daylight savings--because, I assume, they get enough daylight this time of year for most purposes. It's just about to turn 9 here...)

So as a consolation prize, here's my new favorite schnapps, courtesy of the nice flight attendant who wanted to help me get a nap. 

This is basically alcoholic birch beer syrup and comes with your very own twig.

My wand is 3" long, black birch, spirits of alcohol core.

Oh, look at that. I stalled long enough that the pics of my breakfast loaded to dropbox. ENVY MY SCROUNGE!



An excellent wand to get to to mischief with!
Birch schnapps! I have a new Holy Grail.
If you find it, please share the location?

--g, with tasty memories of birch beer from her grandfather's basement
Hooray for Iceland!

The thing about the timezone: well, you're right that they have enough daylight at this time of year that there's no need to save it! But also, what it took me a while to work out, Iceland isn't as far north as I thought, but it's a lot further west...
Hooray for being well taken care of.
I'm glad Icelandair (and Iceland) did well by you, and I hope the rest of your travel goes smooth!
Iceland is were all the cool kids hang out! It has certainly had the coolness factor for a while.
Nice brekkies! Travel is always improved when the food is fine. Iceland seems to be a Thing in my social circle these days. I have a couple of friends talking about wanting to visit in a way I've never heard people talk about Iceland specifically before. It makes me . . . curious. Have a marvelous time!
Yup -- looks like Iceland.

And yes, on Icelandair's professional service. When our bags were delayed but our plans included not waiting, they forwarded them on to the town we were staying without a fuss.

I need and want to go back to Iceland one year anyway, now I have an additional item for my quest.
Oh, how glorious! <3 We went to Iceland on our honeymoon some 16 years ago, and I adored it; I hope someday to return.
That's even better than the Bloody Mary brunch garnish.
We drove around Iceland in a rental car for our honeymoon. There are waterfalls everywhere.
Ooo! That looks gorgeous yummy!

And I'm going to have to check that schnapps out... :)

Well Done - that world traveler

I am impressed (again and without surprise) that you do so well when things seem to be crashing down.
I always knew you was fancy people.