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Tuesday July 6
Waking up to wind attempting to steal your tent and driving rain is never fun. Doing so on an island with nothing to do is less so. Walking upwind for a km to get to town with all your gear, less so still. But finding a bakery with decent unlimited coffee drinks and asparagus soup in delicious whole wheat bread bowls on a cold, rainy, windy day when you have all your gear starts to make up for it all. Never underestimate the power of hot soup on a cold day to turn things around.
It is a trick that Icelanders know well. Café Santa Maria in Reykjavik is some of the best Mexican food I’ve ever had, and the founder of the restaurant explained that his plan was to make the best tortilla soup in the country, start everyone’s meal off with it, and see how things progress from there. My meal there had been pretty solid, but it was the remarkably delicious starter soup that put my mind on the track to repeat business. Hot soup had revived my spirits and energy (along with a long nap) in the hut on top of Eyjafjallajokull after hiking up 7 hours in the ash. Hot and meaty soup cooked on a decent stove had helped sustain our energy in Myvatn after a long day of driving and hiking to 3 monumental waterfalls. And it helped Jamie’s hangover the next morning. Forget a towel; when travelling in a cold place, always have broth and a stove.