Sunday, July 11, 2010

Reykjavik, July 3, 2010

We love Reykjavik. It was kind of sad visiting this time. My good friend, Ragnheidur, died last year. I really missed seeing her, and thought of her the whole time we were here. Reykjavik is a clean, modern city. Since we had visited here before, we decided to take a ride out to the Southeast, visiting the Geothermal pools and also the Blue Lagoon. Vicki, one of our onboard friends tried out the Blue Lagoon. She seems all the better for her dip there. The countryside consists of varying levels of lava flows, covered with varying levels of moss growth. As the lava flows age, they break down. Over an extended period of time, they become usable. Most of the land is unusable and without vegetation.

I had the opportunity of observing several local young ladies perform a fertility rite at a geothermal pool. Using a net bag, one of the ladies, who wished to become pregnant with 6 children (presumably, one at a time), was boiling 6 eggs in the 200 degree celsius water. After they were cooked, she then ate the sulphur infused eggs. By doing this she was assured of having 6 healthy children. After the ceremony, the young ladies all drove away, cheering as they left.

The geothermal energy also heats the Icelandic homes, creating a very reasonably priced and clean heat source.

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