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Parc y Jardin

We visited two different gardens in Barcelona. The first, Parc del Laberint d’Horta, was near our hostel. While we were in the labyrinth, there was a group of developmentally disabled adults who were thoroughly enjoying their outing. There was also a large group of school children. From their vantage point above, the kids shouted to us (in English!) which directions we should turn. We pretended not to be able to hear them well and took many wrong turns, which resulted in shrieks of dismay.

The second garden was on the coast, overlooking the cruise ship docks and was called Jardins de Mossèn Costa i Llobera. It was full of cacti and palm trees and exotic (to us) flowers. We stumbled across it by accident while looking for the way to a funicular.

The last picture in this series was an accident, but we liked it a lot.

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Búðir

Our favorite place in Iceland was Búðir. It’s on the southern edge of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, which juts out from the central western coast. The name means “camp,” and reflects the limited extent that humans have altered the place. (That ð is called an eth and is pronounced “th”.)

From Snæfellsvegur, which translates to snow-mountain-road and sounds so much more adventurous than Highway 54, we could just barely see the dark speck of Búðakirkja. The little black chapel with bright white windows is set just back from where the Búðahraun lava field merges with the sand beach. We hadn’t passed a car on the road in the last 30 miles and we felt like the only people in the world while wandering between the jagged lava and grassy mounds of sand.

Sadly, we were running out of daylight and still had several hours of driving between there and our bed, so we only stayed an hour and didn’t stray far from the beach. I can hardly bear to read the descriptions others have written about the long winding trails through the lava fields. But that hour was absolute bliss.

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That’s Where You Are: Snæfellsnes

On the southern coast of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, in the shadow of Snæfellsjökull; the glacier capped volcano where Jules Verne placed the entrance to the “center of the earth.” Looking south across the Atlantic, there is no landmass from here to Antarctica.

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Igneous

Tony refused to let me name this post “Iceland Rocks,” so you can all thank him for that. We don’t know much about geology, but being around so many lava fields and sea cliffs and basalt columns and huge stones made smooth by the ocean waves really made us appreciate igneous rock. It is officially our favorite rock type. Sorry, metamorphic and sedimentary.

-Alicia

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Sunrise, Sunset

There was still light in the sky until almost midnight in Iceland, so we stayed out late every evening. It made for long and exhausting, but wonderfully full days. I think we are still recovering.

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