July 27 2012, 05:21:14 PM
Originally Posted by Grendelfreak
July 27 2012, 05:58:56 PM
I went there, it was pretty good. There's a lot of stuff to gawp at in the area surrounding Reykjavik, Reykjavik itself is a pretty nice place and it's easy to navigate, got some good food going on. I don't really know anything about the rest of the country but I can't imagine it's any less awesome than the area around Reykjavik, the geology is just insane.
Originally Posted by Shuko
My only advice really is to make sure you can properly mentally convert from your currency of choice into Icelandic Kronor and back again, you can be pretty easily ripped off if you're not used to it.
Language shouldn't be too much of a problem, most Icelanders speak passable English, a few stock words and phrases so you can communicate with shopkeepers and order food would be helpful but not strictly mandatory, some shopkeepers actually prefer English to Icelandic or at least they did when I went there.
Pretty nice place, do enjoy yourself, try to avail yourself of all the food you can, they eat some pretty strange stuff up there but most of it's nice.
July 28 2012, 10:00:07 PM
Came in after reading "time travel thread"
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July 28 2012, 11:16:36 PM
When I was there the first time, I went on a Golden Circle bus tour which was actually pretty cool...especially considering I'm not a huge fan of organized tourist herding trips like that. But it made it easy to see several things, and they picked us up right at the hotel in Reyk. The tour lasted all day, stopping at lots of cool waterfalls, hot springs and stuff. It was not very expensive at all.
Originally Posted by Shuko
Trebor and I went whale watching one day, it was a two or three hour trip...could not believe how friggin cold it was out on the water (was in June) so dress a lot warmer than you think you'll need to if you do that. We did get to see whales though, which was very cool. Reyk is a fun place; I never had cash while there...paid for literally everything with my Visa debit card ... my bank took a few cents per transaction for the currency exchange.
Walk around Reyk, there are a lot of neat little shops there if you're into exploring. If you're an EVE player, let the CCP folks know you'll be in town...they are very friendly and some will probably meet you for drinks.
July 29 2012, 10:21:01 AM
Just saw this thread.
Went to Greece in May with my gf. 1 week. Nice trip. On an Island called Kefalonia. Nice people, good service, and awesome food!! Basically tried a new restaurant every night.
Had lunch one day, and we had no idea it would turn out to be this much food. Tasted good, but had no chance of eating it all up
Stayed the fuck out of this!
Little rental car, felt like Fred Flintstone
We also found pirates!
Stopped to take picture of the skulls... Fucking big mean dog appears making helluva noise!! Got the fuck away from there asap!
July 29 2012, 12:09:32 PM
Originally Posted by Violated
I've spent rather a lot of time in Indonesia lately. Bali is pretty excellent, assuming you get the hell out of the Kuta Beach area and get up to the other end of the island. Tulamben was pretty amazing, there's an old liberty ship wreck you can dive on that is just off the beach. The drop off is sharp, so you walk off the beach and a 100 meters or less out into the water you are on the wreck at roughly 12-20m depth. Kuta Beach is a huge tourist trap, so if you don't mind a bunch of drunken round eyes it's pretty cool.
Near Bali is Lombok, another fair sized island. The monkeys on the mountain roads are pretty cool. From there check out the Gili Islands. Spent a couple weeks on Gili Trawangan and it was spectacular. Saw sea turtles every single dive. You can stay for really cheap, or you can splash for 5 star resorts, up to you. Food is same as the lodging, you can live on some cheap local fare, or you can splash for some really excellent gourmet stuff from the aforementioned 5 star resorts. The cheap local stuff is usually pretty damn good, just be careful of the spicy stuff. If the locals say 'padas' that means it's gonna buuuuurn. No motorized transport here aside from the boats. Cart, bicycle or foot are your travel options. Can ride a bicycle around the entire island in less than an hour. The Sunset Bar is cool too, only opens just before sunset (duurr) and closes shortly after, but the view is pretty much always fucking amazing. Best way to get to the Gili Islands is via fast ferry from Bali. 1-2 hour ride, depending on how fast your 'fast' ferry actually is. Slow ferry takes you to Lombok, then drives you across the island to catch a small boat out. Slow ferry option takes all day usually.
If you get over to Sulawesi you should check out Bunaken, near Manado. Spent my honeymoon here. Prices are pretty good and usually includes meals in all the lodging. Diving here is also excellent. Coral walls with chimneys in them, sea turtles, sharks, good coral formations and some open water fish come cruising by as well. Saw a tuna swim by me while I was snorkeling that had to be a meter long easily. The currents are a bit weird though, some days all the trash in the water near Manado gets pushed out to the island which kinda blows, but you can always just pick up and go dive the other side of the island to avoid that when it happens. Local food is pretty good here too. We became pretty good friends with our dive guide and he bbq'd a pig for us one night. Whole pig. Nomnomnom