What a trip. Finally made it to Iceland to visit my good grad school buddy, Magnus. Actually, almost all my grad school buddies made the trip to Iceland, including John, Rich and his wife Elizabeth, Pat and his wife Sarah, and Christina Tiani and Eliz. Below I share a few of the most memorable moments from my recent trip to the island combined with a few pictures that complete the tale.
A Hectic Morning Arrival to Reykjavik
Waterfalls and a Fun Car Ride
An Icelandic Secret
Could Friday be as Amazing as Thursday?
Friday was also expected to be a great day. Now that we would have a full night’s sleep, I expected to have even more energy. We started off with a waterfall, and the weather was significantly worse than the previous day. It was wet and cold, and due to this we kind of hurried through the first few sites. This day we had Eliz and Tiani with us in the van, as well as my good buddy John. At first I was a little disappointed because I wasn’t sure the value-add that Tiani and Eliz would bring, but it turned out to be an even more enjoyable car ride than the day before. The whole trip the girls created games that entertained the group, mostly without going too far over the line. Each of us shared hilarious stories, best of which were owned by John. By 3:00pm we had seen much but we had one more site to see…
The Blue Lagoon
Saturday – Tour of the Town
Walking around Reykjavik was very cool. There were hip little restaurants and fun art in many spots on the streets. I loved the place I stayed as I was right in a neighborhood which gave me a chance to see how daily life was for an Icelander. I saw people coming home from work, kids playing soccer and names of people and streets that I will never pronounce correctly.
Becoming Real – Drinks at the Gudmundssons
A Dinner Party with the King
After joking and watching clips including the Meatloaf scene from Wedding Crashers and the Dart in Your Neck scene from Old School, Magnus began to barbecue. And this was no ordinary barbecue, this was an Icelandic feast. Magnus had prepared, not one, but two racks of well seasoned, fresh langoustines. Langoustines, I learned were basically a smallish lobster, and we were only eating the meaty tails of the crustacean. I should mention, that at one point I almost slipped and fell, and would have knocked all the langoustines to the table. Shoe-less, I had dropped my camera and while lunging to attempt the save I lost my balance and did a jig to keep myself upright. Only my pride was damaged as I luckily maintained myself on two legs.
With salad and rolls, we piled our plates high with langoustine. I personally had at least 6 of those amazing creatures, and forced myself to stop even though my gluttonous stomach yearned for more. Afterwards, we had a few more rounds or drinks before making our move to the bars.