Two Years Ago: Once in a Lifetime Memories

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Two years ago this weekHarpa Reflected, I hopped on a plane to visit two countries I’d never seen, for a historic anniversary (the 70th anniversary of D-Day). The trip was incredible, despite so much that went wrong.

I flew to Iceland first, desperate to see the strange and wild land on my way to France. I had an incredible first day there in spite of the cold rain that fell most of the day. I walked around Reykjavik, took shelter in Harpa, went horseback riding through lava fields (in the rain), intrigued a cat wandering the harbor and ate.

My second day in Reykjavik couldn’t have been more different, as I’ve explained before. A horrible sickness took hold ruining my day and keeping me in Iceland an extra 24 hours.

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Images of Iceland

I hoped to enjoy some of that unusual and natural beauty of Iceland when I stopped there in May/June. Unfortunately, some things went wrong and I was unable to leave Reykjavik. This week I found this incredible video on Slate.com as well as a Q&A with the photographer that was simply fascinating. It gave me a taste of what I missed and increased my hunger to return. Enjoy it!

Time Lapse Photography of Iceland

A Few Thoughts about Travel Insurance

Paperwork is a hassle, but a much smaller one than the problems that can happen when you’re traveling. This is on my mind today as I mailed a second batch of travel insurance related paperwork.

I was sufficiently paranoid about volcanic eruptions and airline strikes that I decided to buy travel insurance for my May/June trip to Iceland and France. This time my paranoia paid off. Continue reading

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Unplanned Destinations: Icelandic Urgent Care

Nearly 11 p.m. and the sun hasn't set yet.

Nearly 11 p.m. and the sun hasn’t set yet.

Sometimes it doesn’t matter how much you plan for a trip, the unexpected happens. The unexpected can be good: making a new friend out of a stranger in a restaurant or on a tour. But it can also be bad. Anti-nausea meds bad.

I had the pleasure of stopping over in Iceland at the beginning of June on my way to France. I was so excited about this trip. Even though I would only be in Iceland for less than 48 hours, I was honestly more jazzed about exploring the northern island than I France. I devoured the Lonely Planet Guide to Iceland and electronically highlighted it to death.

My first day was magical. I landed at KEF around 6:30 a.m. Icelandic time, on very little sleep. But I had that nervous wonderment of seeing a new place and didn’t feel tired. I spent far too much money on a 66 North raincoat because it was pouring and I didn’t have one I could bring. But already I knew Iceland was special, because Stanley Tucci was shopping there too. Having never come across a famous actor in real life I said something stupid, but at least I wasn’t obnoxious — I don’t think.  Continue reading