Whale... That was Day 2!May 16, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C
Today was all things whale, followed by an amazing spaghetti dinner cooked by Mayah and Megan. I'm falling so in love with this country!
Ooooh my goodness - WE MADE IT!
This city is cold and historic and colorful and so much more than I imagined. Day 1 of Iceland consisted of landing after a seven hour flight, stressing about my GPS not working, groceries, errands, explaining to an Icelander that I'm American so could he please speak English, checking in at our apartment, a city tour, a home-cooked meal by an Icelander (ate smoked lamb, smoked salmon, raw reindeer, goose, smoked trout, shrimp, BBQ lamb, and the infamous fermented shark - without the shot of Brennavin), and finally, SLEEP!
It's 10:45 p.m. here and I've been up for the last 30+ hours and the sun's still out and I'm incredibly exhausted and incredibly happy. So blessed to be on this trip with this team in this country. Onto day 2 🇮🇸Read more
The Ships are all rested and ready to take off this afternoon! We stayed in Colby, KS, last night with some incredibly generous hosts and are now on the road to Denver International. Our flight is at 4:50 p.m.
Reykjavik, here we come!Read more
(6) What kind of influence will this trip have on you as a leader?
From the first morning of cooking pancakes with my team to working at Front Step, this trip will always remind me that I cannot accomplish alone what I can accomplish with many. I could not have done any of our service projects on my own, and as a leader, I need to know that this will be the case for many things. I often have a tendency to take over a group project myself, but the teamwork I saw on this trip showed me that isn’t always the best course of action. Without the rest of my team, none of those jobs would have gotten finished. As a leader, I need to be willing to take help from those around me in order to get a job done, and I need to be grateful for that help.
This trip will also remind me to remain open-minded about people I do not know. As I have mentioned in other footprints, some of the locations our team traveled to were not what we usually encounter in Winfield; however, I learned that just because an area may be rough does not mean there are not good people in it. Emma at Stenton Park was a prime example of a resident trying to better her neighborhood, and I will forever remember that, no matter where I go, there are always good, selfless people. Perception is not always reality.
I am proud of my team for what we accomplished in Philadelphia, and I am thankful for the lessons I took back to Kansas with me. The team made this trip worthwhile, and I look forward to the next.
The Ships have landed in Atlanta! This is my last Penguin Post until I start working on class submissions. So thankful for this trip and the wonderful relationships that grew while on this experience! Til next time service learning!Read more