Monday, October 15, 2007

Life in the capital

September 13th
While in Reykjavik we stayed in
Being in the city it was a little less peaceful than what we are use to. Still it was very nice. The room was clean. There was a washroom in our suite and comfortable beds. We even had access to the Internet.
Most places close at 5 pm - we arrived at 3:30 pm. So we knew we had to act fast in order to see anything.
We left Sunna.

We past some street art.

We walked past a round-about.
I was intrigued - there are no round-abouts on Mayne Island.

We made it to the National museum.
Here is what I learnt there:
- "Knitting was not introduced to Iceland until the 16th century."
- "Woolen yarn was spun on spindles or distaffs. The spinning wheel was unknown in Iceland until the 18th century when it was introduced in the new woollen workshops in Reykjavik."
- In Icelandic snow shoe is "prugur"
-"The Icelandic sweater with its characteristic patterned yoke, first appeared in the 1940s."
This museum is a fascinating place. I wish I could have stayed longer.
Tomorrow we bid a fond farewell to Iceland and journey back to Mayne Island.


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