Mandy Speaks

Hi all!  It’s now time for my first blog post about my experiences/thoughts on Iceland (from a slightly girlier perspective).  Bear with me…. Continue reading

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Final Shout Out Iceland: Blue Lagoon

Nothing prepares you for the Blue Lagoon, because there is nothing like it.  While you’re there, everything is good in the world.  Sorry, the pictures aren’t anything like the actual experience (we were on 30hrs without sleep at that point).  A special thank you to Anahita and Arash who got this for as a wedding gift.

(by chris)

Iceland – You Should Go

So after two short posts on Iceland, it’s time to write about the rest of the trip, which I’ve purposefully been putting off.  The more I think about Iceland (we have actually been in Copenhagen for a few days), the more there is to say and less chance that I can do it justice.  It’s a rugged country with barren lava fields, glaciers, and threatening winters contrasted with countless hot springs, wool sweaters and camaraderie that you only find in places where you may have to count on your neighbors for survival. Continue reading

Midnight Sun

One thing I like about traveling is not just the attractions on to-do-lists or the restaurant you HAVE to eat at, but the things that you experience just by being somewhere different.

In Iceland one of those things is the “midnight sun”.  At a latitude of 64 degrees north, the sun did set in Reykjavik (a little after midnight and it rose at 2:20am), but it never drops far enough below the horizon to allow the sky to go black.  Since the darkening skies don’t cue you to sleep, suddenly it’s 2am before you realize it, and then at 5am the sun is blazing and it’s time to go.  It’s a mania-inducing experience, not dissimilar from our recently completed medical residencies, and helped us maximize our 5 chaotic days in Iceland.

Verdict: Awesome

View of the ocean in Vik, 2am