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Keith went on another walk late yesterday afternoon to get some fresh air. He finds this a good way to get onto the new time zone. Lots of people were out and about.
We enjoyed dinner back in the room. As we did in Nassau we will be very careful over the next few days. Under normal circumstances we would dine out each evening but at this point in time we likely will have our meals in the room.
One of the pleasures of getting settled yesterday was to finally remove the masks. From the moment we were driven from home to our regional airport those masks stayed on for 24+ hours which for us was a record.
Before dinner we cut up the two apples from the breakfast they left for us yesterday and enjoyed them with some of the wine Keith purchased.
Dinner was simple but fine. One of Keith's duties at home is making salads each day for lunch and dinner but after all we are on holiday so Anne Marie took over. LOL. We enjoyed sandwiches and a couple of sides and the salad and of course some wine. As we've said, once on board Endeavor there will be lots of find cuisine to look forward to so we can rough it on our own right now. LOL.
Speaking of food, each afternoon they remove the breakfast basket and replace it with a new one. In addition to the basket, they provide cereal in the room, plus in the refrigerator there was a pint of milk and a pint of apple juice and a nice selection of coffee to use with the coffee machine. The only two items missing are a microwave and washing machine/dryer. LOL.
Although Keith was up early he got close to 7 hours of sleep and that was great. Maybe we are getting older but in spite of very little sleep we felt very good yesterday. We always believe when traveling to a new time zone to stay up and get onto the time zone as quickly as possible and to go outside to get fresh air. Maybe getting older has one benefit which was us feeling quite good after the long day we had.
Speaking of breakfast we did enjoy the some of the items in the breakfast basket for breakfast They used to offer breakfast in the main building but with COVID-19 they eliminated this and went with the breakfast basket. It is a very nice touch. The other thing they do is place fresh bread on the doorknobs of the room each morning. Another very nice touch.
Today in Iceland is national Commerce Day. Many places closed on Sunday in preparation for this holiday which is held on the first Monday of each August. It is one of what looks to be fifteen National Holiday's celebrated nationally some of which are religious. Today, even the grocery store was closed.
Keith went out on an early morning walk on his own. There was a chill in the air which is quite different than it is at home. Everywhere he looked there was something to see whether it was the color of the buildings, artwork, flowers or something else which caught his eye.
We both went out for a nice long walk. We walked on the street of the hotel heading northwest on Vatnssitgur and walked up and down side streets, over to the water, along some adjacent streets, over to the Hotel Borg which is the Hotel used by Crystal Cruises for pre and post hotel stays and after working up a nice appetite stopped by Baejarins Best Pylsur for a hot dog. It was founded in 1937 and gained some national notoriety when former President Bill Clinton dined there in 2004. The condiments include ketchup, sweet mustard, fried onion, raw onion and remolaoi (mayonnaise). Keith had all of these condiments combined while Anne Marie had them all except for the onions.
After taking a break we went out on three additional walks around the city. One of our destinations was Hallgrimskirkja which is a Lutheran Church which at 74.5 meters high is the largest church in all of Iceland and one of the tallest structures in all of Iceland.
Lots of tourists were out and about like us.
Weather was nice. At time a little chilly with a breeze and other times a delight and no rain.
Anne Marie and Keith