Juxtaposition

Iceland is an incredible place of stunning fjords and nasty smelters, happy sheep alongside tragic whaling, and gorgeous skies against crumbling factories.  Being in Iceland for a longer period of time, and living in a tiny agricultural town means more time with the less spectacular side of the stunning place.  The juxtaposition itself is sometimes the most interesting part.  In this town, one of the most beautiful vistas is right up against a junkyard, and the the whimsical cottongrass is growing right in front of a giant slaughterhouse.  One of my favorite moments was when we were looking at the amazing glacial carved mountains and a local pulled up to the gas station on a lawnmower.  There is a lot of beauty to be found in the juxtaposition and we had a great time exploring.