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  • Day3

    Ausflug Richtung Osten

    February 12, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    Heute ging es für uns für einen Tagesausflug Richtung Osten der Insel.
    Bei mehreren Stopps haben wir die wundervolle und unterschiedliche Natur Islands gesehen. Unter anderem eine Schlucht, die unendliche Weite, Gletscher und sogar zum krönenden Abschluss Robben (siehe letztes Bild)Read more

  • Day9

    1st day of service at the Blue Church!

    May 21, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ 🌫 7 °C

    #9 Kouzes & Posner suggest "exemplary leaders should treat every job as an adventure." What have you learned about how to do this on this trip?

    At the Blue Church, I really had to take this suggestion to heart to feel like my work had any real meaning at all. The church, while small, is beautiful, and when looking at it, there seems to be very little work that needs to be done, if any at all. The only thing that I could see was maybe some gardening that could be done and the rainbow road that could be repainted. I couldn’t imagine needing to stay there for the full two days as the itinerary had scheduled. I was with the group that was in charge of cleaning the inside of the church. At first, I felt very productive and knew that I was helping, even if it was just vacuuming the pews or washing the windows. Unfortunately, the team met our first real language barrier on the trip. We would sometimes be asked to do jobs that had already been done several times before. This brought the entire group down a little as much of it seemed like it was busy work and the church officials weren’t really sure what to do with us. Additionally, there seemed to be some communication issues in the church itself that contributed to the lack of work we had and what jobs we were allowed to do. Because of these issues, I really had to take Kouzes and Pousner’s idea about exemplary leaders seriously or I would get frustrated. Even though I couldn’t compare the adventure of our church service to that of the petting zoo, I knew that both were greatly needed and that the people we worked for really appreciated our efforts.Read more

  • Day10

    Iceland's Natural Beauty

    May 22, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

    When studying blogs about Iceland prior to our trip, the landscape and the beauty it possesses were always mentioned as the bloggers' top favorite aspects of Iceland, and I was not disappointed. We saw waterfalls, lakes, extremely tall mountains, and then we finished the day off at the Diamond Beach where pieces of glaciers break off and look like diamonds. Several seals were also spotted!Read more

  • Day11

    Even More Waterfalls and Beaches!

    May 23, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    I think by the end of this trip the team saw every waterfall Iceland has to offer. That's probably a bit of an exaggeration, but it felt like it at the time. We were able to hike to the top of the first waterfall we stopped at after visiting the black sand beach, and we were able to go behind/beneath the other one. They were both extremely beautiful, and I'm glad we stopped at them!Read more

  • Day9

    On the Coast

    May 21, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ 🌧 7 °C

    15) The next stop on our timeline was in Seyðisfjörður, where we did service work for the Blue Church and a nearby cemetery. The town itself was tiny and beautiful, as it was nestled in a valley right next to the ocean. Coming to and from Seyðisfjörður we had to take a treacherous mountain road; however, I think this was one of my favorite parts of the trip because the scenery was so beautiful while driving (when it wasn't covered by dense fog).Read more

  • Day10

    (Water)falling for Iceland

    May 22, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

    16) The second day of our service in Seyðisfjörður, the caretaker of the nearby cemetery took a small group of us outside the town to hike to a few waterfalls. I hiked as close as I could to the waterfalls and it was absolutely gorgeous. Talking with our guide was difficult at times due to the language barrier but it had improved significantly over the few days we were with him as he shared with us stories about his personal life.Read more

  • Day10

    Beach Day!

    May 22, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    17) We stopped at several black sand beaches on our way to our final destination in Iceland. There were "diamonds" on several of the beaches as pieces of glaciers broke off and washed ashore; however, one lucky ship got a real diamond as well!Read more

  • Day10

    Pit Stop at the Diner!

    May 22, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

    Just when the Ships needed it, we found a small piece of home and ice cream, too! At the small fifties diner, we found while driving around, pictures of American television and movie stars from the 1950s were hung on the walls, and also got to enjoy jukebox music that was popular during that era. The shake was delicious!Read more

  • Day13

    Catching Up with the team!

    May 25, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    #10 What about this service experience is different than the service we do on the team at home?

    The difference between doing service work at home versus in Iceland was that we were all together, we all shared the same experiences, and we could talk about it that night at dinner. Not everyone back at home helped set up the Island Park lights for Christmas, but everyone had something to do with building fences at the petting zoo or cleaning at the church, and because of this, the team was able to forge deep connections that will only continue to grow as we spend more time together on the team. At dinner we were able to talk about what went well and what didn’t, our favorite parts of the day and what we wished we could have avoided. Dinners with the team were some of my favorite moments of the whole trip. I feel like I learned more about everyone on the trip during the two weeks we spent in Iceland than I had during the entire school year. There was also a difference in the work because at home I might actually get to use what I’m fixing or cleaning, and if not it still betters my community and makes it look nicer, but abroad, none of that happens. I will probably never see Daladyrd or the Blue Church ever again, but that didn’t matter. I was working toward something I will never get the benefit of using, and that is maybe even more important because I was working to serve others, not myself.Read more

  • Day14

    Meet My Van!

    May 26, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    During this trip, I got to drive all around Iceland with four other Ships and Director Brae Wood. We laughed, slept, and at one point or another, all of us heard Valancia's music. I'm glad I got to spend these days with them and can't imagine having it any other way!Read more

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