Around the World, the blog of an Australian family on a one year round the world tour is a must read for anyone keen on vicarious travel.
They’ve reached Iceland and I was amused to read about their walk through geothermal springs in a town centre:
The town’s greenhouses, heating, three swimming pools and much more are heated by the springs. Walking about through clouds of sulphurous steam and seeing some amazing growths in the streams was great. We were heartily amused to read of one of the holes we saw having been used as a dump. Then an earthquake caused a massive geyser-like eruption which deposited the rubbish over the entire town. There was a nostalgic display of broken pottery and toy parts collected from the distributed refuse.
Yet another reminder that we shouldn’t mess with nature – she always has the last word.