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Like my train trip in April, I'm ending up finishing these entries days after I've already returned home.

For my last day, I ended up taking it easy-- in the morning, I walked through the rest of that park behind the hostel, which I found out was called Laugardalur Park.

On the other side of the park were the Reykjavík Botanical Gardens-- though since it was November, they weren't very garden-y or botanical. Still nice, though!


There were a few greenhouses-- I sat in one and read for a while.

... And then went out again.

After leaving the gardens, I walked around a residential area for a while. It was a nice day, so I took my time. After finding a bus stop I made my way to the Old Harbour area to look for Reykjavík 871 +/-2, a cool-sounding museum that I'd heard about. Even though I had a map and knew the general area of where it was, I still had a lot of trouble finding it, but at least I got some more pictures while I was wandering around looking.

At Menntaskólinn í Reyjavík (a secondary school), I found a tree wearing a sweater. It was awesome.

Awwww yeah.

I took this just for [ profile] rinhriveiel.

Finally I found the museum. Like the Sögusafnið, there was a lot of multimedia stuff-- stuff to read, listen to, look at, touch, and watch. The entire place was built around an excavated Viking longhouse, and all the exhibits were about about what life was like in Reykjavík during the time when it was built and used (around A.D. 871, +/- two years-- which is where the name of the museum came from). I spent quite a while there.

And then I headed out again.

I walked down by the water (not the ocean; it was a lake that I think was man-made), where I discovered a lot of birds! I took a ridiculous number of pictures; Plurk has already heard about them.

Later I found out that the white ones were whooper swans, which was an interesting coincidence because I'd just finished reading a book about them (Flyaway by Lucy Christopher) the day before.

After a little while some other people came by with bread for the birds, which they were very pleased about.

They were fearless, especially when people with food came-- for a lot of these pictures I didn't even zoom in; they just came that close to me.

I'd say I spent a good half hour there, maybe even a little more. Then I went to dinner at Thai Reykjavík and took the bus back to the hostel afterwards.

I'll put an entry up for my last day (I've been lazy; the pictures haven't even hit Facebook yet) later today or maybe tomorrow. ... Probably. I'll do it eventually, anyway.

Date: 2011-11-14 04:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If I had known you were in Iceland we could have met up! I live one street behind the green-roofed church in your photos here.

- your friendly learn_nordic mod

Date: 2011-11-14 06:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh wow, that's pretty cool! I probably walked by your house at some point; I spent a lot of time wandering in that area on my second day there. :P

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