Today was gorgeous. I arrived at school at 8:30 in the dark for my last final of my first semester of graduate school. Today is also cold. It was about -10 Celsius (16 Fahrenheit) on my way to class. Walking home at noon, the sun came out over (ok more like next to, the sun doesn’t really very high off the horizon this time of year) the snowy, frozen city. I rarely carry a camera on me, but today I had the little Nikon coolpix my parents sent me, and managed to get some great snapshots of my walk home from school. As I look at these, I just feel so blessed to be able to see these gorgeous views every day.
This is Tjörnin, the little lake in the center of the city, about two blocks from where I live. It’s gorgeous frozen. You can kind of see a flock of birds at the far end. They pump hot water (plenty of that here) into the corner so the swans can stay in the city all winter.
The sun shining off Aðalbygging, the main building of my university, Háskóli Íslands.
Tómas Guðmundsson enjoying the bright, bright winter sun. Well, maybe not. But when it is out it goes right from sunrise to sunset, which is certainly beautiful.
The frozen living wall at the Ráðhús (city hall) and one of dozens of Christmas trees up around city center. They are serious about Christmas here. Lights everywhere, garlands across the streets, buildings lit up green and red, and mini real trees on building facades.
And this. Haha. This is a small movie theater, and the title of the film translates to “Big Baby” (which I could read without looking up- go me).