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Seltjarnarnes

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  • Day11

    Solfar

    February 10 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ -3 °C

    Non è zolfo in friulano, è la “Nave del Sole”, il monumento forse oggi più famoso di Reykjavík.
    Qualche foto lì al tramonto, sgomitando con i selfisti cinesi, poi un giro senza fotocamere per le ghiacciatissime strade della capitale.
    Il nostro bellissimo viaggio si chiude in Islanda con cenetta a base di merluzzo e “redfish” fritti. Domani si rientra via Londra.
    Grazie a tutti per averci seguiti 👍
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  • Day4

    Whale Watching!

    May 16 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 50 °F

    It was a whale of a day because after helping the Meet Us Don't Eat Us organization, the team got to go on a whale watching expedition! Even though we only got to see the tails of the whales (and a few puffins), the experience was extremely beneficial to everyone in the group because we were able to see the creatures we're helping in their natural environment.Read more

  • Day4

    "Challenging the Process"

    May 16 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    7) What are you hoping to learn about yourself as a leader on this trip?

    Throughout my freshman year, I have studied the five leadership practices one should implement into their daily routine to be an exemplary leader. Recently the members of our leadership team conducted tests to discover which of the practices was our weakest. In my leadership inventory, my weakest practice was “Challenging the Process.” As a leader, I tend to shy away from new ideas and the unknown—I am usually not a risk taker and generally choose the course of action that I know will work, instead of inventing new ideas to experiment with. While in Iceland, I had several opportunities to try new things and take initiative in activities. On the trip, I hoped to learn to recognize the times when I fail to seize the opportunity to experiment and the best way to push myself to take those risks that present themselves. One important activity that challenged me was advocating for whales and approaching tourists to talk with them about whaling. Then we had to use our persuasion skills to urge the tourists to sign the petition. I discovered that when I had the support of my friends with me, I was more likely to take a risk because I knew they would have my back if something went wrong. However, when I had to convince the tourist myself, I was more likely to retreat and avoid the situation altogether. Another tendency I noticed was that being unprepared in situations created higher feelings of anxiety about taking initiative, as I did not feel qualified to speak on the subject matter. I did not have much time to prepare what I wanted to say to the tourists because I was not well educated about whaling—I had just learned about the industry several hours before. Yet, pushing through those feelings and getting the job done allowed me to see the success of our group. In the picture, my team posed after successfully convincing five tourists to sign the petition. Working together as a team allowed me to feel more confident in uncertainty, but I will not always have this luxury. Thus, it would be beneficial for me to practice being placed in impromptu situations so I can learn how to manage the feelings that arise when I feel vulnerable, as many of the times those feelings are the only obstacle holding me back.Read more

  • Day4

    Meet Us, Don't Eat Us!

    May 16 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 50 °F

    #4 What about being in Iceland is a new experience for you?

    A new experience for me was the opportunity to advocate for animals - specifically, for whales. Being from Kansas, I've had very few encounters with whales and I've never thought about using them as a food source, but this is a regular practice that Icelanders think and debate about. I knew even before I came to Iceland and learned more about the commercial whaling topic that I did not want to eat whale meat, but I didn’t have a good reason for why, and some of the team that went on the trip even said that they weren’t against eating whale meat if they were offered it. The first night in Reykjavik, the team had the opportunity to eat a traditional Icelandic meal at an Icelander’s home. When she was asked about her opinion on eating whale meat, her answer was “Why wouldn’t we eat it?” Her answer made me question my view on it, because as an outsider who has very little knowledge of Iceland’s whaling situation, I feel like I should not be able to try and convince those who have lived in Iceland their entire lives to change an aspect about their culture. Through the Whales of Iceland exhibit as well as learning from leaders of the Meet Us Don’t Eat Us organization, I was able to defend my opinion against commercial whaling and believe in it wholeheartedly. I’ve never advocated for an animal species before, but I’m proud of the work I was able to do and hope that I did help the whales. Even if only one of the tourists I talked to decide to not eat whale meat, I will be happy.Read more

  • Day2

    Reykjavik Day 2 pm

    May 22 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    After brunch we went on a long walk exploring rather than rest from our no sleep night. We visited the beautiful National Church of Iceland designed by architect Samuelson. We saw the statue of Lief Eriksen the Icelandic discoverer who found North America before Christopher Columbus. We walked through lots of old streets and found a restaurant with authentic Icelandic food and then a decadent bakery. We got back to the hotel ready to drop. Our rooms were ready so we both had a nap.
    We woke up refreshed and took the hotel shuttle to the harbourfront for supper. We enjoyed a lovely happy hour watching the ships. Lucie and Jean opened the card and gift of a scarf I had made for them and celebrated the start of another travel adventure. The oldest fish and chip restaurant in Reykjavik was recommended to us for a delicious casual meal and Paul found Reykjavik's most famous ice cream shop across the road to finish off our first full day.
    A taxi had our name on it and we took a ride back to hotel about 10pm still full daylight.
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  • Day17

    Learning Islandic & dining

    June 6, 2017 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    The most important sentence is "allt i lagi", translates to ok, awesome or are you okay if you add a "?". More over we tried lopster soup and some nice fish sticks from the grill complimentary to my nice colleagues from oose! For the German followers: berliner Ehepaar bei uns am Tisch: "hmm, lobstersoup, ich dachte die hätten hier Hummersuppe, aber dann probieren wir eben die aus"Read more

  • Day18

    May I introduce: this is Bodo!

    June 7, 2017 in Iceland ⋅ 🌬 5 °C

    Bodo will take us to nice places in Island during the next days. Today he showed us the peninsula Reykjanes with hot springs, the place, where the tectonic plates between Eurasia and Nord-America split and fantastic views in a nature that looks like travelling the moon

  • Day15

    Walk around Reykjavik

    June 4, 2017 in Iceland ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    What an interesting place. Harbour, city, a lot of German, American and Asien tourists (I even managed a very asian picture pose 😉) and a tattoo convention - all in one day.
    And key learning: hot water from the tap is only for showering - it really smells like rotten eggs! The cold water is fine

  • Day24

    Drive through park

    June 13, 2017 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Today we drove through heidmørk, a park, which prepared us well for the US, you can drive through it 😉and I found my true passion: went swimming over 1 km, never did that before and really enjoyed it - who would have thought that?

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