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Iceland Is Opening This Lagoon With A Swim-Up Bar And An Incredible View

Sky Lagoon is a oceanfront geothermal retreat located close to the capital city in Iceland, and is set to open in spring next year.

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(TMU) – Iceland, a Nordic island country of just 40,000 sq miles (103,000 sq km) in size and situated in the North Atlantic. Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe with a population of only 364,134. Reykjavík is the country’s capital and largest city where most of the population lives. The National and Saga museums are also in Reykjavik. The city runs on sustainable geothermal power, thanks to the abundance of geothermal water locations.

While leisure travel came to a standstill this year, Iceland opened its borders to EU tourists on Tuesday, June 15, and Keflavik International Airport welcomed a total of 900 visitors the same day.

Nationals of EU/EEA, EFTA, and those who have a valid residence permit for a Schengen Area country are permitted to enter Iceland without having to go into 14 days quarantine. One American national did not meet the criteria and was turned away due to the current ban of non-Schengen nationals. The good news is that travelers outside of the Schengen Zone may be able to travel to Iceland from July 1.

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Once the date is confirmed, Iceland is certainly a great destination to consider after the stress and having to stay at home for the most part of this year. The thermal waters and overall tranquility is a great way to ease the stress and prepare for getting back to a semblance of normal, and if you are unable to make it this year, a new geothermal retreat will be opening soon.

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Sky Lagoon is a new oceanfront geothermal retreat located in Kársnes Harbor, Kópavogur, close to the capital city of Reykjavik, that is set to open in the spring next year.

With a promise to “enable guests to connect with mind, body and spirit through the radiant powers of geothermal waters while taking in such impressive ocean views,” it definitely sounds like the ideal destination to wash away the 2020 blues.

 

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With the Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop, the lagoon has an unobstructed 230ft (70m) infinity edge and features a unique, one of a kind swim-up bar and on-site dining. Iceland is one of the most picturesque countries in the world and visitors to the retreat will be able to enjoy beautiful sunsets, sunrises, millions of stars against the dark night sky, and of course, the Northern lights, if you’re lucky!

 

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Pursuit, a hospitality company which will operate Sky Lagoon, has yet to announce the exact date the lagoon will be opened. Pursuit also has a remarkable collection of experiences available in iconic destinations which include Alaska, Canada and the USA.

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So while we may still have to wait a while, now is a good time to explore the possibilities online and plan your trip of a lifetime.

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Keanu Reeves Praised As Video of Him Offering Seat to Lady in Subway Resurfaces

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Keanu Reeves is an actor who has long been loved by audiences —and not necessarily due to his acting skills, but due to how nice the John Wick star is.

And now, Reeves is once again earning praise as a “true gentleman” after resurfaced video footage shows Reeves giving up his seat on the subway.

The clip was shared by Instagram film fan account Cinemonkeys where it has since earned nearly 45,000 likes.

The video footage dates back to 2011, when it was shared on YouTube by a user of the video-sharing platform.

At the time, Reeves was already a superstar riding on the fame he earned from the Matrix, Speed, and a number of other blockbuster hits.

When Reeves notices a woman carrying a heavy bag, he quickly points to his seat and asks if she would like to sit. The woman accepts and Reeves gets up without hesitating to let her take his seat.

Reeves, ever the model citizen, then stands and holds onto a subway pole while carrying his bag.

The video has since been watched over 27 million times and was even cited in a 2019 Time magazine profile of the actor describing Reeves as the “soul mate” of the internet.

The resurfacing of the clip on Instagram once again impressed users of the platform.

“This human being’s soul honestly shines so bright,” wrote one user.

“OMG I love him in every single way,” another person commented.

His kindness knows no bounds,” commented someone else.

Keanu is set to reprise his role as Neo in the upcoming fourth Matrix film directed and written by Lana Wachowski, who co-directed the earlier trilogy with her sister Lilly. He will also return to the silver screen in John Wick: Chapter 4, which will be released in 2022.

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Drunk Man Rescues Injured Baby Bird By Sending It To Animal Shelter… In An Uber

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An injured baby bird received a new lease on life after a young man who was inebriated had the good sense to send the little creature to an animal shelter because he and his friends were too drunk to drive.

In the Summer of 2019, a small lesser goldfinch suddenly appeared by itself at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah. The center’s chairman, Buz Marthaler, was notified by a volunteer who sent him a photo.

“It was a picture of this bird, and it had come by Uber,” Marthaler told FOX13. “It was just crazy.”

As it turns out, the tiny bird – which was only two weeks old – indeed rolled up to the site by its lonesome, the sole passenger in an Uber vehicle called by concerned citizens who found the injured creature.

Among those good Samaritans was Tim Crowley, who had been “day drinking” on that Saturday before he and his buddies witnessed the little bird fall from the sky.

“Impromptu, sitting in some camp chairs, hanging out, having a few drinks when we had a visitor fall out of the sky,” he explained.

Crowley then snapped a photo of the bird and sent it to the WRCNU, which instructed him to immediately bring the bird in. However, the group obviously couldn’t drive since they had been guzzling booze all day.

So Crowley decided he’d hail a cab for the creature.

“At first it was a joke, like, ‘Hey, maybe we should just call Uber!’” he said. “Then we were like, ‘No, really. Why not? We’re paying them.’”

As it turns out, the bird – since named “Petey Uber” by staff at the rescue center – likely would have perished if not for Crowley’s quick thinking.

Marthaler remains impressed by Crowley’s move and shared the news on its Facebook page.

“While we feel we’ve seen it all and can’t be amazed by anything, there is always someone out there to prove us wrong,” the shelter’s post read. “Thank you to the rescuer who helped this little one get the care it needed in a timely manner and thank you for keeping yourself safe and others on the road safe as well.”

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Binx the Cat, Who Survived Florida Condo Collapse, Found and Reunited With Family

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Amid the tragedy of last month’s collapse of a South Florida condo building, there was a tiny bit of good news when a cat named Binx, who lived on the ninth floor of the Surfside building, was found safe and returned to his family.

“I’m glad that this small miracle could bring some light into the lives of a hurting family today and provide a bright spot for our whole community in the midst of this terrible tragedy,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava in a Friday press conference, reports NPR.

Levine Cava explained that a volunteer who feeds street cats in the area recognized the cat near the building before bringing him to an animal shelter, where it was then identified.

Gina Nicole Vlasek, the co-founder of the The Kitty Campus rescue group, posted on Facebook that a black cat had been found near the rubble of the group before it was brought to the shelter on Thursday night.

“We are so grateful to be able to help in any small way,” Vlasek said.

“All we needed was a ray of hope in this tragedy,” she continued. “Today was one of the most amazing days.. one of the survivors came to see the cat and to determine if it was her families cat and IT WAS!”

The mayor said that animal control workers are continuing to work to recover any pets that may have survived the horrible collapse.

The 12-story Surfside condo collapsed on June 24. At least 79 people have been confirmed dead, with 61 additional residents remaining unaccounted for.

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