Tessa Castor

Joined May 2017Living in: Wichita, United States
  • Day8

    May 20th

    Yesterday in Iceland ⋅ ☁️ 45 °F

    Today started by celebrating a Ship's birthday. Colby Fugit turned 20 today and it is awesome to celebrate her birthday in this amazing country. HAPPY BIRTHDAY COLBY! We finished up our second day of service work at Daladýrð. We finished the goat playground and even got to put the goats in the pen. We will miss our new friends at Daladýrð, but it is now time to explore the rest of Iceland. The next stop on this trip was at Goðafoss (waterfall). It was beautiful and the water was really cold. We then got to relax and warm up in the Mývatn Nature Baths. The Mývatn Nature Baths had a temperature of 41 degrees celsius (105.8 degrees Fahrenheit). It was awesome, but the smell wasn't the best (sulfur). We are staying tonight in the town of Seydisfjordur where we will begin our next service work tomorrow at the Seyðisfjarðarkirkja (the blue church). It has been an eventful first week of the trip and it should an awesome second week too!Read more

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  • Day7

    Service Day at Daladyrd Petting Zoo

    May 19 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 48 °F

    More fence work after lunch for my crew with a fun treat of our last post ending right next to the horses. The Icelandic horses are beautiful and you get to see them as often as you see cows in Kansas! A little break was complete with a sweet treat- waffles on a stick covered in chocolate. Everyone LOVED these, many eating two or three. We have been shown great hospitality during our work.

    A few more work pictures- Curt and Cam proudly on top of the goat playground they worked so hard on and a group combing the goats.
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  • Day7

    Day of Service at Daladyrd Petting Zoo

    May 19 in Iceland ⋅ ☀️ 45 °F

    Before lunch we took a quick break from working on the fence posts to play with the goats. Everyone loved this after our year with a theme of goats. The baby goats were especially cute.

    Lunch was ham quiche using eggs from the farm (yummy), salad, and bread that everyone local loves from a bakery in Akureyri, the nearby town. The food was delicious.

    Super fun coincidence...Megan figured out she is a 8th cousin with our wonderful host, Birna. She knew she had family tracing to Iceland but what are the odds (check out their picture together) it would be here at the goat farm and they would connect!

    All that and it is just lunch!
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  • Day7

    Day of Service at Daladyrd Petting Zoo

    May 19 in Iceland ⋅ ☁️ 43 °F

    Day 5 in Iceland was a day of service spent at Daladyrd Petting Zoo.

    Valancia was the star of the morning between the key debacle (accidently switching the keys between the two vans when asked to hold both sets which made it hard to drive to the petting zoo 🙂), learning how to cut cheese properly at breakfast, and making sure to stay away from the cats in the zoo. Her wonderful laugh came out in all these moments.

    After breakfast we set out to work. The first job for my group was marking, digging and putting fence posts into the ground every 3 steps (4 steps for Delainey 😉). A couple other groups did the same. We had quite the large number of fence posts in by the end of the day. Two last groups worked on building a playground for the goats. Hard work seemed easy and meaningful with our great hosts, the beautiful scenery of the mountains, and the cooler weather.

    More posts to come...
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  • Day6

    On the Road Again!

    May 18 in Iceland ⋅ 🌧 52 °F

    The ships have ended their stay in Reykjavík and are on the road again, headed to Akureyri for service work at a petting zoo. A few ships had some fun blowing off energy in the parking lot before the 5 and 1/2 hour drive.

  • Day6

    Scenic Views

    May 18 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 43 °F

    A few pictures from the beautiful drive to Akureyri. We encountered many sheep and horses, snow covered mountains, mini waterfalls, dense fog, tunnels, and more. For lunch we stopped at Café Brák and had fun trying different vegan Icelandic dishes (the bread was delicious!) We also had the opportunity to indulge ourselves in Icelandic candies that are 50% off EVERY SATURDAY!!!Read more

  • Day6

    Logging Off

    May 18 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 45 °F

    We finally arrived at Daladyrd (a petting zoo) where we met our generous family we will be working with the next two days. We will be repairing fences and building a goat playground. It was so exciting getting to peek at the many animals and getting to know the family better over a delicious meal of hamburgers and chocolate covered waffles.Read more

  • Day6

    Merry Christmas!

    May 18 in Iceland ⋅ ☀️ 46 °F

    One of the stops on our trip was at a Christmas house outside of Akureyri. The house had Christmas decorations, ornaments and food to purchase. It was very neat seeing the difference between Christmas in Iceland and Christmas in the United States. In Iceland they have the 13 Yule lads who visit children in their homes beginning on December 12 all the way until Christmas, leaving behind gifts or a potato depending on the behavior of the child.Read more

  • Day5

    Free day in Reykjavík!

    May 17 in Iceland ⋅ 🌧 52 °F

    For our last day in Reykjavik, the Leadership Team enjoyed some free time to explore the city. This morning most of the team went to the University of Iceland to take a quick peek around, The university is free to Icelandic citizens, who only have to pay a registration fee of $700 to attend. The 'Ships then headed downtown to explore and shop. Some of us even had lobster soup or fish and chips for lunch. Since we've been in Iceland, almost every native we've met has told us to eat an Icelandic hot dog. A few of us got the chance to do that today while wandering the streets. The team has walked around the city so much in the last few days that most of us don't even need a map anymore to know where we're going! The fun will continue after dinner when a few members will attend a comedy show. It's been a fun and entertaining day of exploration!Read more

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