People make the place

People make the place


Aug 26, 2010 | By Kendra Kouloufakos

We landed in Iceland June 28, 2010 at 11:40 pm. There were 7 of us - my husband and myself, our three children (8, 11, 13) and my parents (both in their 70's). We had rented an apartment for four nights and successfully found our way to the apartment in Reykjavik. Our contact to deliver the key was not at the apartment. My husband and I walked back to the Downtown Reykjavik Hostel(beautiful hostel) to borrow a phone to call our contact for the apartment. The gentleman working that night was more than willing to help. After waiting for 1.5 hours, three phone calls and still no one with a key, we learned the apartment was double booked.
Fortunately for us,the gentleman at the hostel was kind enough to offer us beds for the night.
Meanwhile, back on the street corner with all of our luggage we encountered the wonderful hospitality and kindness of complete strangers. Passing cars and taxis would stop to ask if we needed help or if they could do anything to help. A teenage boy and his mother across the street came to see us three times and offered the use of their cell phone and also for us to wait inside their house.
These unfortunate events of our first night could have ruined our entire stay in Iceland but because of the wonderful kindness and genuine caring of the people, we will all remember and treasure our days in Iceland.
We all had a great experience including the Blue Lagoon, the Geysir/Gulfoss Tour, the quaintness of Reykyavik, and the hotdogs from the famous hotdog stand!
But for us, it was the people of Iceland who made Iceland a wonderful place to visit.

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