A week has flown by since I returned from Iceland! Sadly, this adventure was the "last huraah" for my faithful, world-traveling netbook....it must have been jiggled around in one too many timezones :-( "Death due to fried motherboard" (ouch!) recorded last week. RIP dear friend, you will be missed...
So, after my previous photographic teaser, time for some more Iceland photos. The theme of this post is "Icelandic Horses" and is dedicated to my friend Mette who asked me to bring her a photo of me riding an Icelandic horse. I'm sad to say I didn't get a chance to ride any, but I certainly saw 100s and met quite a few personally! The Icelandic horse (yes I know it's quite small but for heaven's sake don't call it a pony when you are in Iceland!!) is very famous for being hardy and for having two extra gaits in addition to walk, trot, canter and gallop. They have an ambling gait called the tölt and another called a skeið, flugskeið or "flying pace". It must be pretty hard for them to get much sleep in the summer when they are outside in 24 hour daylight. But just imagine lying back in your field and watching the Aurora Borealis in winter - magical! I may have got a little carried away taking photos. They are so gentle and pretty-looking! Here is a (greatly) condensed album for you!
It's called the windswept look
Did you hear what they're saying about that new blonde mare? gossip, gossip, gossip
Welcome to my beautiful country
yeah, I know i'm cute!
Before my current owners I wasn't treated very well. So I'm super shy and don't trust anyone, even the other horses :-( But I'm still beautiful.