Iceland Day 1: Blue Lagoon

We flew into Iceland and arrived at the airport around midnight. We breezed through customs and our bags were one of the first unloaded onto the conveyor belt, we were feeling pretty good about getting halfway decent sleep that night. We walked out to the arrivals area expecting to meet our car rental company there. We walked up and down the area for about ten minutes and still didn’t see anyone from Blue Car Rental or anyone with our name on a sign. We saw several people with signboards still filtering in so we thought maybe since we were so fast in getting through the arrival process our agency was just a little late. We waited for maybe 15 minutes before someone from Blue Car Rental showed up and then were told we had to wait for a group of other people before he could take us to pick up our car. Blue Car had a small extra charge to be picked up at the airport rather than walking to their rental area right next to the airport and we had opted to pay for it as we didn’t want to have to carry our luggage at that time of night knowing we’d be tired. Turns out we shouldn’t have paid that extra fee, because we could have walked to the rental place and been at our hotel sleeping by the time the car guy gave up on waiting for the other group of people (had been probably 15-20 minutes since he had arrived) and just took us to pick up our car then went back for the other people. It was frustrating that we had paid extra for a service, that wasn’t really performed and if it hadn’t been almost 1:30am by this point (all we wanted to do was to get our car and get to our hotel ASAP), we might have argued to get a refund of some sort. Other than that, our time with our trusty KIA Sorrento rented from Blue Car was perfect. While it had quite a few miles on it to start (over 80,000) it had no issues while we drove around the Ring Road. They even overlooked a small scratch we had gotten on it at some point because it was a slightly older car. I would rent with them again, I just wouldn’t pay extra for the airport pick up.

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NYC Day 3

Our initial and slightly over ambitious plan for our final day in New York City included getting up early, taking the subway into the city, grabbing breakfast from a food cart, walking to Central Park to enjoy our breakfast and walking around there until time for an early lunch at Ippudo before dropping one friend off at Penn Station, then the two of us remaining would maybe visit MOMA or something until it was time to leave for our flight. Yea that was crazy that we even thought that would work. Basically everything we thought would happen went the opposite way. It started with us leaving the place slightly later than planned and taking a lot longer to hail a taxi than the previous two days (maybe because it was a holiday? not sure). Then the subway wasn’t running as often (also because a holiday?) so we waited about 20 minutes at the station before we even boarded a train.

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Flashback: St. Lucia 2010

I figure in honor of my five year wedding anniversary this month, I would post my wrap up (five years later…) on St. Lucia. Now granted, we didn’t do much sightseeing while on St. Lucia as we were on our honeymoon and we stayed at the Sandals Grande and the primary focus of the trip was relaxing. But we did see a little of the island and as I try to update the blog/website about the countries I’ve visited, St. Lucia is probably the easiest/quickest to get up on the site as we honestly didn’t do a whole lot. Now forgive the picture quality, this was before I got a DSLR camera and while I loved taking pictures, I didn’t really know what made a good picture back then. This was also basically the only trip I’ve taken in the past 6 years that I didn’t keep a trip diary on, so with the passing of my time, my memory is a bit fuzzy on the details.

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NYC Day 2: Grand Central Station

After hopping back on the Subway after our brief visit to Brooklyn, we knew we all wanted to visit Grand Central Terminal while in New York City so that’s where we headed. Too bad we timed it horribly as all the shops were closing for the day and it was so dark inside the terminal it was basically impossible to get a decent picture of the famous landmark. Grand Central Terminal has the most train platforms of any railroad station in the world, which seems crazy to think about considering Europe’s train system is so much more advanced. While the station has officially been called Grand Central Terminal since 1913, most people still refer to it as Grand Central Station which was the original name. The current building itself was constructed in 1903 and has been in operation ever since (though the original station dates back to 1871). Currently Grand Central Station has multiple shops and places to eat scattered throughout the terminals, but most aren’t open late and we missed the majority of them by the time we got there around 6pm. I love all the architectural details in the building. We walked around for quite awhile literally just looking up at the ceiling and lights and everything. It is a stunning building. My only regret is we didn’t get to see the buiding in a better lighting situation.

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Iceland: Summary

As I finish up my New York City posts and start the editing of Iceland pictures (of which there are a gazillion), seriously that country is incredibly photogenic, I am going to post my wrap up of the trip! Will also be working on a more detailed wrap up/follow up to my planning post. So this is more of a summary and my first thoughts upon returning!

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