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Indianapolis. Becoming more unique by the Day.


Having been abandoned in the centre of Indianapolis for a few hours, like a wandering Bill Bryson, walking around just looking. So what did I find today? Well I maybe found the most ridiculous advert of all time outside the window of a cafe. Certainly stopped me in my tracks, if that was the purpose, but also for the same reason stopped me going in. If this was a pharmaceutical advertisement it would not be allowed under the “fair and balanced” tag.

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The second unusual thing was a sign. What are these unspecified loud noises? What about the nice kind birds and not the pest birds? How can they differentiate from them? I can think of many loud noises that would deter lots of birds,people and maybe other inaminate objects. For example some the football “singing”, that would certainly work. Maybe some Justin Bieber music?

phdoto 5Then there is the steam that emanates from all drains in Indianapolis. What were my findings today? Well firstly the steam does not smell. Secondly it looked like a re-make of that film “The Fog” in places. Thirdly, outside the equivalent I think of the County Council offices there was a sign eulogising ” no smoke”. Sadly also they forgot to ban steam.

photo 5Lastly the steam issue. Clearly steam is a business here like New York. Citizens thermal kind of says just that. A little like Reykjavik in Iceland where the warm water is pumped to provide heating to thousands of houses, and the geothermal water although provided free by nature, is certainly not free to the humble paying customer.

photo 4wThen the steam itself. Quite impressive. The first time I have regretted this trip not bringing my main camera and having to make-do with an I Phone camera.

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Then finally. A usual issue, large USA portion size. You order an omellette and along comes another two meals. All nice and good. But a 3-egg omelette is maybe big enough, but combined with half a loaf of sourdough bread , cleverly disguised as 4 slices of toast heavily buttered. And a decent size portion of fruit too. Then unlimited coffee, which happened to be Blueberry Crumble flavoured, curious choice but a good choice. Finally the offer to also have a takeaway coffee, maybe to put me over the DSM-5 limit for caffeineism. But excellent quality and all served by a Selena Gomez lookalike………so did she get a tip yes. But most unlike UK she actually entered into a meaningful discussion with me, enetrtained me and seemed/was genuinely interested in what I had to say. Which made simple was do not go near UK and go to Amsterdam instead………

So Indianapolis. Average, no. Curious, yes. So many facets to USA. The most troubling one for me is the almost “fake” attitude of servers and hotel staff. The ” have a nice day” and ” I can make that happen Sir”………this is nonsense of the ultimate kind. No-one falls for this. The other troubling habit is to have to wear huge name badges all the time, in the meeting, in the lift, in the bar, in the restaurant, and I suspect, in bed too. And I mean huge badges. Almost as though they have forgotten their names so the foot size badge gives them a clue. The other thing is the class divide. The customers do not treat the bar staff with as much respect as maybe in UK. I guess a money thing.

 

New Volcanic Eruptions in Iceland? August 18th


News is coming out of Iceland that volcanic eruptions may be on their way. Iceland is a great country if a little over-familiar with the giant hot dog and hamburger.  Not the kind of stuff that Iceland Tourism wants to hear about, just when things are getting better, the Icelandic Krona is weaker ( making a cup of coffee less than 5£). The aviation industry have been warned of a “code yellow”. The worry being that an eruption may lead to an ash cloud.

A level of uncertainty has been declared in Bárðarbunga volcano, located in the northwestern Vatnajökull glacier, Southeast Iceland, due to an increase in seismic activity in the volcano.Bárðarbunga is Iceland’s second highest mountain at 2,000 meters (6,562 feet). The largest earthquake , 3.8 in magnitude, occurred near Kistufell last night and apparently continues. In fact near constant earthquakes have been occurring in the volcano for 3 days , as stated on the website of the Iceland Met Office. More than 1,000 earthquakes were recorded in Vatnajökull over the weekend, the majority of which were between 1.0 and 2.0 in magnitude. There is no indication that magma has yet reached the surface.

The Icelandic meteorlogical office issue a map at

http://en.vedur.is/weather/aviation/volcanic-hazards/

On a scale of 1-5 their advice is colour coded and yellow equals a 3/5 risk that background activity is greater than normal but nothing is yet imminent.  Keep watching this space.

 

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The Geyser is coming. Iceland. Copyright Chris Bushe

The Geyser is coming. Iceland. Copyright Chris Bushe

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Copyright Chris Bushe

Copyright Chris Bushe

Copyright Chris Bushe

Copyright Chris Bushe

 

Reykjavík Marina


Iceland is a very nice place, there is little doubt, however the hotel that I have been banished to tonight, although nice inside in parts, the bar, does have curious views. For example these are the views as I look out of my bedroom window. I am no sailing expert but dredgers and scrapped looking boats do not normally form part of the visage of a Marina. And I know it is supposed to be a Marina as the hotel is called

 

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina

 

On the plus side the bar is nice and the Burger was great! No chips just small new potatoes cooked in a bag.

 

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