Reykjavik 101 - free tours on Friday!
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On Fridays in the winter, a local man gives free tours around the city for a few hours - rain or shine! I believe they occur more regularly in the warmer months.
The late sunrise threw me off, and I woke up around 11am, much later than I intended. Showered, dressed, and fed, I set out to go on the free walking tour of Reykjavik. This was a GREAT decision. The guide was very knowledgeable, very liberal and very funny. We learned about various political and historic buildings, architecture, Icelandic culture, and ways to save money around town. It was a perfect introduction to the country. My favorite part might have been seeing a rock where the "hidden folk" live!
After the tour, I went with a trio of Australians to the infamous hot dog stand, Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur.
The tour guide had mentioned a free concert at Harpa, the large new music hall, at 5 o'clock. By the time I headed out from the guest house around 4:30, the city was already dark.
After the concert, I walked around, hungrily trying to find something affordable and warm to eat.
Bedda, the guest house owner, had told me that Kaffi Rosenberg was a great place to hear live music alone, because it was a great atmosphere. Unfortunately, that night a jazz band was playing, which I was not willing to pay 1500kr to see. Instead, I headed to other bars I knew would have live music. First I went to English Pub, but there was a soccer game going on, Liverpool vs. Oldham. I ordered a drink anyway and watched the end of the game. Bored, I moved on to The Dubliner, where a musician had just started playing songs in the corner. There weren't a lot of people there, and I'm just not very good at striking up conversations with strangers. I enjoyed the music for a couple of hours while writing in a notebook, then decided I had had enough of being by myself at a bar. It was rather depressing. As I was trying to leave, a stranger grabbed my face and started kissing me! I had to shove him away, three times, and awkwardly leave the bar. That was the end of going out alone! On the upside, Reykjavik is so safe that I felt completely comfortable walking back to the guest house at 1:00 AM.