July kicked off with another grand adventure for Jonas and me. We headed across the pond to Iceland and the Faroe Islands with our friends, Adam and Becca. While the 4 of us spent most of our time galavanting around the island, searching for waterfalls, puffins, and affordable food, we also got to spend some time in Reykjavik.
Reykjavik as a European capital isn't big - approximately 125,000 people call it home - but it still has plenty to offer. One of the things I immediately noticed was an urban-eclectic vibe at many restaurants, cafes, and stores. Each place had its own twist, but many fused retro and ultra-modern pieces, giving me flashbacks of my favorite city: Berlin.
After exploring for a while, we stumbled upon an artsy decor store called Hrim. While many of their products were too quirky for my taste, I still found.... ohh..... about a HUNDRED pieces I loved.
Once we were both done with window shopping, we set off to find a spot for dinner. I loved Iceland, but holy guacamole is it expensive. We were nervous we would even be able to find a restaurant that wasn't $50 per person for a basic entree that would be <$15 in the US. Thankfully, after some meandering, we found Vínyl.
Not only did Vínyl have a cool atmosphere, where patrons could freely change the music by swapping in a new record from the extensive collection, but their food was the bomb dot com. I loved their assortment of vintage chairs, paired with modern features like this brass and orb light fixture, but I was also super absorbed in my flavorful and beautiful meal. Check it outttt:
I JUST now realized Jonas had grabbed the veggie burger and bottom bun out of the 2nd picture, so it kind of just looks like a sad, open-faced sandwich (I was clearly mesmerized by how tasty everything looked). It's probably what I get for always making him wait patiently as I photograph our food before letting him dig in. Afterwards, we of course had a "TREAT YOSELF" session and got fancy chocolates - pistachio + rose, and mango + basil +cognac.
It was a great finish to an incredible trip! Now our next big trip to plan: OUR HONEYMOON!