Wow. Where have the last 8 years gone?
The last time I was here, I was a wide eyed 24 year old with a freshly minted teaching job in NYC. Travel was my universe and I took in every opportunity to fully immerse myself in any culture I could afford to visit. With a few bucks in my pocket, my close friend and I set off for Iceland during one of my teaching breaks. We rented a Toyota Yaris and drove to the near edges of our gas tank, with Neil nervously and compulsively reminding me that we would soon run out and find ourselves stranded on the side of the road. He also checked in every few minutes to remind me that we agreed not to take the rental car on dirt roads marked a certain color on the map, and to this point, that I had purposely taken the car off-roading and was treating it like a monster truck.
Needless to say, being 24 in Iceland with one of my wildest friends, meant we spent a good bit of time consuming drink after drink, pushing the boundaries of comfort and ending up in interesting situations fit for a sitcom. Visiting the island this time, I found myself spending time exploring quite a bit on foot with a clear head and a relaxed demeanor. I've passed my time in museums and restaurants, reading fascinating articles in window seats of charming cafés, while drinking Viking beer and Icelandic Schnapps.
But my time in Reykjavik is short and tomorrow I'll be heading off to Greenland, by way of a flight, a helicopter and a boat. It's time to start exploring more of the arctic on the world's largest island!
Pics of Greenland to follow!