Saturday, August 9, 2008

A week in Eystri-Sólheimar

(Photos: Eystri-Sólheimar)

Ernesto is gone and I’m into the yearly routine of helping out at my friend Sigrún’s guesthouse, Eystri-Sólheimar. It’s located in the south of Iceland, between Skógar and Vík. As a result, there’s so much to do and see in that area. But after hiking and traveling alone so much the last few weeks, I’m content with just having a roof over my head, a home-cooked meal in my belly and a good friend to talk to.

The daily routine consists of helping with breakfast, changing the beds, cleaning and doing endless white mountains of laundry. Occasionally I find other odd jobs to do, like fixing the door handle or washing the windows on the outside, and sometimes I have to drive to Vík or even all the way to Selfoss to buy groceries. In the evening there’s always a home-cooked meal, and we talk about the guests who come and go. There’s always an interesting story or two about the sheep or horses too. This year the sheep often kicked the basement door or bleated loudly at windows to get the guests’ attention, and sometimes I would catch them licking the tires of the cars parked in front of the house.

After about a week, I’m ready to move on to my last stop on the agenda this year in Reykjavík.