HELLO ICELAND | PT. I

Iceland: Where I called a $6 hot dog "affordable".




When you return from a nine day trip with 3500+ photos, you know 1) you're screwed for the sorting and editing process, and 2) it was a bomb a$$ trip.

We hiked, we biked, and we drove in Iceland. We stayed in hostels, airbnbs, and a tent. It was the most physically active trip I'd ever taken, and it was wonderful.


Iceland is known as for its contradictory extremes—volcanoes and glaciers, hostile highland environments and quaint coastal villages, blah blah blah, but the real juxtaposition here was our instant ramen dinner on one night and a $170 CDN dinner on another. WILD. 💸


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📍 REYKJAVIK

If there's one thing I recommend doing in Reykjavík, it's renting bikes as you can see so much of the city that way + there are tons of smooth bike paths along the waterfront! We rented bikes for a few hours and we hit up the botanical gardens (the super photogenic restaurant/bistro there alone is worth the trip)(see the above garden and apple cake photo, and the photo below), Perlan (the observation deck), Harpa, the Sun Voyager sculpture, a black sand beach, and some other picturesque areas.





Things I enjoyed in the capital:

- CATS. CATS EVERYWHERE. IN BOOKSTORES, ON THE STREET, IN AIRBNBS, AT A GREENHOUSE.

- Temperatures below 15 degrees. My perfect "summer" temperature.

- WIFI ON THE CITY  BUSES. WIFI AT THE GAS STATIONS.

- The phallological museum was actually quite educational, and my friend did end up buying souvenir shot glasses from there because the penis shaped pasta and lollipops were too expensive. (?¿¿?¿?)

- Eating large amounts of skyr, arctic char, and gravlax. And a fair amount of caviar. WE EATIN' GOOD TONIGHT, BOYS.

- Going into the supermarket Bonus to gawk at prices of fruit. $8 for a bag of grapes, $8 for small box of strawberries, ...and $5 for a huge bag of frozen berries.

- Getting a bird eye's view (well, if said bird was afraid of heights and couldn't fly above 250ft) of the city from Hallgrímskirkja.

- Out exploring the city until 10pm because there was still light.



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Shout out to my friend for putting up with my physically unfit a$$ (we did two 5-6 hour hikes on the trip and did a 5 1/2 hour bike ride in the city) on this trip—we ain't a couple, but together we are affectionately known as "Vajayjay" (Vanessa + Jason), which is both a sad and A+++ ship name. 😂

I've also renamed the blog—it was a long time coming, and I'm so much happier with the name. (Background: it's a nickname of mine bestowed by the Asian grannies that came into my medical office once. Alternatively, you can also call me "BAE-nae-sa".)

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