howdy! did you miss me?? i'm back! and no longer homeless nor galavanting around in iceland. i've moved into a sweet house, next to a lake, complete with a deck and creepy basement! honestly, what more could a girl want?
my room is currently a cardboard box obstacle course, with clothes and shoes strewn about everywhere. my beloved BF spent a week of his vacation helping me to unpack so i could get things under control at work. i received periodic text scoldings throughout the day: HOW MANY JACKETS DOES ONE GIRL NEED?? and WHY DO YOU HAVE SO MUCH TUPPERWARE. look, if i'm to keep warm and well fed, i need all of that.
anyway, i thought i'd post some iceland pictures. cool? cool.
for those of you lucky enough not to have to put up with us all the time, this is what we look like:
me, my panda hat, and the BF blocking the view to the most amazing waterfall ever: Gullfoss
right after we landed in iceland, we went straight to the blue lagoon, the legendary famous hot spring. it was phenomenal. like a giant natural hot tub! then we headed into reykjavik.
we rented a car and drove along the southern coast of the country, stopping whenever we wanted. it was incredible. iceland is a country of about 300,000 people and 3 HUMUNGUS glaciers. since the whole island hangs out on top of two tectonic plates, there are hot springs and volcanos all over the place. in the summer, the sun doesn't set until midnight. summers there hover between 40-50 degrees. fahrenheit! RIDICULOUS.
on our driving adventure, we saw stunning waterfalls
ok, and yes we planked. we had to! all the cool kids are doing it.
and lakes full of ice blue glaciers.
occasionally, we would drive past strangely structured piles of rocks, so we stopped to get a closer look.
confirmed. these are indeed piles of rocks.
but this was clearly not amateur rock piling hour here, folks. some of these piles had to be built by civil engineers. or elves. with little elven cranes.
look at these things! they are masterpieces! googling revealed very little about the purpose/origin/background of these rock piles. apparently it's just something people do in iceland. thanks, google.
ok, i love gift shops. most of them are tourist traps, full of kitschy, useless and tacky souvenirs. and i cannot get enough of them. we had to stop at every shop we saw.
i mean, where else can you find a goat with four horns coming out of its face?
A KNIT BEARD HAT COMPLETE WITH MUSTACHE???
then back in reykjavik, we saw the famous church of hallgrimur:
and even found texas (4 you)!!
it was an amazing time. everyone should go! ok, time to continue unpacking. g'night.