After a short two week stop in “Blighty” on the return from Valencia Spain, during which time an opportunity presented itself to engage in some property improvements, have now landed back in Iceland. Got the “Red Eye” stupid o’clock from Manchester and landed Keflavik at 09:30 on the 14.08.16. The two and a half hour flight was uneventful and we landed in a mist and drizzle that precluded any view of the tundra prior to landing. My sister Sophia was kind enough to drive out to pick us up and we talked avidly about family, events & just generally caught up with news. Got to mums at about 11:00am.

Fossvogur on a coastal walk from Kopavogur.

Fossvogur on a coastal walk from Kopavogur.

Initial observation again served to confirm the prolific evidence of tree growth and urban development going on at a pace. The incidence of  “tourism” seems to have a double edged “cost & benefit.” From the benefit point of view, it doubtless adds to the performance of the economy. However, the costs involved are that one sees “nose to tail” tourists down town snapping pictures, walking around fairly aimlessly and something of an as yet muted debilitation of the natural environment “up country”. This stems from a  propensity of some tourists to have less respect for the natural beauty of the place. Incidents of campers defecating outside their tents (when there are perfectly serviceable toilet facilities a short distance away). Rubbish being left by the thoughtless hither and thither all play a part in undermining the landscape. Of course there is a dearth of Rangers and signs which I suppose would provide some guidance  for the idiots who do not use common sense. My sister is particularly sensitive to this kind of thoughtlessness.

19.08.16 Great news! #1 daughter rang to confirm that she is pregnant with a baby girl! Our first grand child.

28.08.16 Went to visit the “Harpa” theatre by the harbour. Built at huge expense by Danish firm Hening Larsen Architects & Icelandic/Danish artist Olafur Eliason in 2011 at a cost of 164 Million ISK to Reykjavik Council (ergo taxpayers). It really is a stunning building.

Harpa Concert Hall

Harpa Concert Hall

IMG_3005The structure build was undertaken by a Chinese consortium “flown in” to do the job, much to the disgust of the Reykjavik population who presumably felt that the necessary skills and craftsmanship were within the heft of Icelanders. On this same day we had actually walked into downtown Reykjavik from Kopavogur, a distance of 9.3 miles! One was fortunate that it didn’t rain.

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