sunday in Reykjavik 

Waking up to city sounds for the first time in a week and a half, caught me by surprise. Outside my window I looked down on now empty tables from the gathering below my room last night. 

Breakfast served at the hotel was off the chart abundant. 

A blustery walk to church was brisk and determined. I had looked forward for many months to worship at Hallgrímskirkja. I could not wait!

A Lutheran High Mass service in Icelandic, led by a chick priest, choir and organ was the worship experience I had hoped for. 

After church we walked down the block to Reykjavik Roasters for cappuccinos and lunch. 

From there it was a delightful walk down and around interesting streets going every which way, many of which were spelled almost the same, making it a challenge at times to know where to walk.  We made it to the National Gallery of Iceland for an exibit I had read about and hoped to see.  HRAFNHILDUR ARNARDOTS / SHOPLIFIFTER TAUGAFOLD VII / NERVESCAPE VII

Then a walk back a different route to the hotel to freshen up for a concert late this afternoon. 

The Iceland Youth Sypmphoy orchestra performed Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring at Harpa Performance Hall. This concert brought together the largest group ever performing with the ISO Youth Orchestra, as the Rite is scored for an enormous orchestra.

About the ISO Youth Orchestra. “One of the most important roles of symphony orchestras the world over is to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with new generations of musicians. Each year since 2009, nearly 100 young people from music schools around Iceland have gathered together under the aegis of the Iceland Symphony to form the ISO Youth Orchestra, with splendid results. The Iceland Symphony Youth Orchestra was awarded the Brightest Hope prize at the Icelandic Music Awards in 2017.”
The performance was wonderful!

Then dinner at a local spot just up the street from the hotel. An end of the weekend kind of meal. 

As we strolled along the streets toward the hotel, a glance over my shoulder gave me this sight. 

This has been an abundance-filled Sunday in Reykjavik. 


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