Travel Summarized: Blue goes to Iceland

Travel Summarized: Blue goes to Iceland


So in blue news, I graduated this past month which is very exciting, and to take a little bit of a break in a vacation, my girlfriend and I took a trip to Iceland, Denmark and Greece, which is very exciting. But also since I’m a chronic workaholic who can’t leave well enough alone, I decided to make a little travel log video for some jokes in history The first stop on our trip was Iceland and its capital Reykjavik. Enjoy The Bifrost has fallen on hard times. This is officially the best city on earth. I’m currently here in Iceland where they build really cool churches. This is the tallest building in all of Reykjavik, which is the northernmost capital in the world, and obviously the capital of Iceland. It was first a Viking settlement in the late 800s about a century after the sack of Lindisfarne kicked off the awesome Viking Age of Viking awesomeness. But it really wasn’t a proper city until the late 1700s when the Danish king, who owned Iceland, decided to make it a city. And with the construction of this church in the late 1980s, Reykjavik’s pretty awesome. Hinga dinga dergen So I was walking by a cafe and Loki knows that I love cafes, and then I went to go inside and he said “Ha! It’s me,” and then he stabbed me Question, how do you spell Óðinsgata? With only one i Blue’s girlfriend: BOOOOOO I don’t have a joke, that’s just a really pretty set of buildings in a park. Seriously, look at it. It’s gorgeous. So I’m in this really cool park and there are all these rune-looking stones here, and this is really sweet. But I feel like if I say or do the wrong thing, I’ll accidentally cause Ragnarok Jeff Dunham? Really? What year is it? All these buildings, this bike path, walking path, some water, those mountains. This place is so pretty it makes me angry. Yeah, that is pretty badass Shiny So we have the beautiful Reykjavik Opera House over there in the distance. But right here is a super cool sculpture of the legendary founder of the first settlement of Reykjavik— Ingólfur Arnarson, which I’ve probably butchered in some capacity. But he was the first Viking to land in Iceland, and founded the settlement on what’s called the Smoky Cove or Reykjavik, literally. The statue’s cool because it has the Midgard serpent, as well as Odin and his two Ravens on the other side. It’s got a super dope spear. So, uh yeah, good stuff. Now this is apparently the Reykjavik City Hall. But look at this adorable little pond that’s next to it. It’s so cute What the hell, Reykjavik? Stop being awesome. It’s just a really cool map of Reykjavik. It’s so cool We’re like, over there somewhere—not entirely sure, wasn’t really paying attention. But oh, no, yeah, we’re there, duh Anyway, that’s so neat Yes, don’t crack under pressure, you know, like my hammer did that one time. Blue: “Kind of a disappointment”
Girlfriend: “Buuuuuurn” Really, really easy way to ruin a good Sunday. Hello, uh, this is Day 2 of the Iceland adventure. I’m currently in Thingvellir, which is, A) as you can see, It’s where Iceland is literally splitting in half, apparently about two inches of growth every year— no, two centimeters of growth every year, which is pretty exciting. Not sure how they measure that. But this is also where the first Icelandic parliament was made. “Parliament” down over there in like, 900 where the chieftains banded together to do chieftain things. Easy, breezy, beautiful Iceland So this right here behind me—the spot of the Icelandic flag—is the spot of Thingvellir itself, the very first parliament in Iceland way back in 980. Um, as you can see, the flag is a flag. But the story behind it is actually interesting. So Iceland was ruled by Denmark for a while, and I don’t really know the dates, but like, at least mid-Renaissance up to the 1800s or 1900s. And what happened was, when they started taking their independence, they stole a flag off of a Danish navy ship which had the blue, and the white cross, which was the original kinda rallying flag for a lot of Icelandic independence. And actually Denmark said, “Okay, have independence, just change the damn flag.” So what they did was they put the little red cross on it, which symbolizes the fire and very volcanic nature of Iceland. So you’ve got the fire, you’ve got the white which represents all the ice and glaciers, you have the blue, which is all of the water and the sky, so it all comes together in a very nice, elegant package. We are here by the geysers, and it’s super cool I just woke up from a nap on the bus because on my flight over here, I slept for one hour. And then I was up the entire day before and the entire day after. Blue’s girlfriend: No, we slept last night. Blue: I mean, yeah, but like, I’m tired, okay? Here’s– here’s your hot water, it’s cool So this right here is Strokkur, who is the brother of Geysir up there. And these little guys are pretty neat. The way that Iceland generates a lot of its electricity power is that they dig 200 meters— uh, no–
Girlfriend: Yes Blue: Yeah, yeah, 200 meters straight down, uhhh, and they collect steam power by putting a turbine at the top, or at the bottom, I don’t remember well– Girlfriend: At the top, at the top *giggles* Blue: And then, yeah, 95% of Greenl– no, Iceland’s electricity is green *geyser erupts* I saw it go poof!
Girlfriend: Yeah Blue: *laughs*
Girlfriend: There ya go That way off in the distance, is a glacier! It has a name, but I forgot what it’s called Yeah! Iceland is a big place and it has a lot of different types of water in it. For instance. geyser, lake, ocean, little waterfall, big waterfall, lagoon. It’s blue! Right now we are at the Gullfoss Waterfall, which is Icelandic for “gull”, “gold”, and “fuss”, “waterfall.” So this is the “Waterfall Waterfall”… Goddamn, I love linguistics. *laughs* Not sure if it’s picking up on the video, but there’s a little bit of a rainbow in here in the midst of all of this steam. Not steam but uh, mist. And we’re gonna be over there in a little bit It’s going to be, uhh, crisp, that’s a word. I don’t know where but somewhere I feel like Bob Ross has figured out how to paint a moving waterfall. I wouldn’t put it past him. Status report: Actually, we’re going down to the, uhh, the watery bits of the waterfall. I’m much like a puppy after running through sprinkler—damp, but satisfied. Yeah there are no two ways about it, that is damn pretty. So as it happens, since we’re running so on-time for our trip so far, we stopped on a bonus waterfall! I have no idea what it’s called of what’s… unique about it, but it’s cool! Yeah! The second-to-last stop on our tour today takes us to the Kerid crater somewhere in Iceland, I didn’t look at the map. Basically, this used to be a volcano, but then it went *poof*, but then it collapsed in on itself because all of the magma was depleted. So now there’s a lot that’s full of some ground-water and some rainwater But it’s cool! So we’re going to walk around. Bye! Our last stop takes us to the Blue Lagoon, but um… I’m not taking my phone in there, so have fun pretending! So, uh, we are currently on our way to the airport. It’s a little bit cloudy overhead because Icelandic weather is never very fun. But it’s 4 in the afternoon— no, just kidding, it’s 4 in the morning cuz the sun never sets in this god forsaken place. No, I mean, honestly, I’m kidding, it’s amazing here. But yeah, the rules of physics do not apply whatsoever. Um, Iceland was really great. I was expecting the nature to be fantastic,and it was, but the real surprise was Reykjavik It’s small, but it’s very modern, very well laid-out My hair’s probably really messy. Blue’s girlfriend: You can barely tell, I can barely see it. Blue: There’s a church up there, it’s great. Anyway, yeah, Reykjavik was a real delight. We’ve kinda passed it, now we’re onto Copenhagen But uh, I’ve been Blue, that’s been my girlfriend—you wouldn’t know her, she goes to a different school. Blue’s girlfriend: I go to the same school as you!
Blue: Not anymore! I graduated. Bye!

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