Hi there! How is your summer going so far??! I’ve missed you!
A thatched roof cottage in the Norwegian Countryside
I’m afraid I’ve succumbed to posting several times a week on Instagram instead of remaining faithful to my blog. As I’ve mentioned before, I love Instagram because it’s such a quick, easy and fun way to stay connected in a purely visual way. Plus you can get much more creative than on Twitter or Facebook.
I see many people use SnapChat in conjunction with Instagram but I have no idea what that even is. Is it the App that disappears after 30 seconds? And if so, why would I want to do that? I take photos so I can remember stuff not forget it.
Landing in a field of geysers on the way to a glacier in Iceland the week before last.
Not that I would ever forget this experience, but it’s the details, the conversations, the scents and nuances of the moment that all come rushing back in a photo. At least for me.
Getting back to Instagram vs. blogging, I must confess that sometimes, when I haven’t posted in awhile, I get overwhelmed at the thought of writing a new post. I lose my sea legs, my muse, my confidence. ALL bloggers know what I’m talking about. I find myself wondering if I have anything of value to share anymore, or if, after 5 years, I’ve exhausted my blog. So I hide (and cheat on you with Instagram) It’s not that I don’t care anymore. I do. Perhaps we just need therapy. After all, we’ve been through so many phases in this relationship over the years. Easy, first dates with no expectations…then we got more serious, attachments arose, commitments, promises made and not kept…I accept full responsibility.
Anyway, thank you for being so understanding, and I totally get it if you’ve been seeing other blogs on the side. Who could blame you?? There’s a plethora of beautiful ones out there. I’ve been seeing other blogs. No harm no foul.
Meanwhile, we moved as you might remember, so there’s that too. I still haven’t fully unpacked yet. It’s only been 3 1/2 months so I’m not going to beat myself up over it. We went to Scandinavia for 3 weeks and just got back on Wednesday. I’d rather travel than unpack any day.
We went with our older son and his girlfriend, and lovely, charming traveling companions they certainly were. They get along reeallllly well after over 5 years together. Downright adorable in fact. Which is just wonderful, except it meant one and one’s husband had to be on our best behaviour. Because one doesn’t want to fall short in the Marriage Example Department, if you get my drift.
So, you know… it’s kind of like being on a vacation reality show except without the camera crew, prize money or rose ceremony.
The Vigelandsparken Sculpture Gardens, Oslo.
Scandinavia was fabulous. We flew from California to NY to Reykjavik, where, ironically, I’d never been in my life and now I’ve been twice in one year so all of a sudden I’m Miss “I Just Happen to Know a Lot About Iceland”.
I love when that happens.
This time, as it was the height of the summer season, it stayed light virtually all night long. When the sun finally set, for just a few short hours, the preceding sunsets were incredible.
Gullfloss Falls, Iceland
We made the most of the short amount of time we had in Reykjavik, including a visit to the Blue Lagoon, which I missed last time through.
A couple that clays together stays together 😉
I knew we were in for an adventurous holiday when my husband actually ate fermented shark with our son (fyi- it tastes and smells like ammonia, or so I’m told ) God bless him.
He also insisted we reenact the scene from “The Thing” , one of his favourite old movies, on top of a glacier. I guess this is the part where we’re waiting for James Arness as the monster. If my memory serves me correctly having watched the movie oh, perhaps 50 times peripherally.
We just got home a couple of days ago so I still haven’t completely unpacked. I like to layer my non-unpacking over my other non-unpacking-it’s a form of disorganisational (I say it’s a word) origami. And yes, I’ve read “the life-changing magic of tidying up-the Japanese art of decluttering and organising” recommended to me by my friend and fellow blogger/writer Frances Shultz who also has a new book just out called “The Bee Cottage Story”. Yay Frances!
Speaking of packing, I think I sort of outdid myself this time (in a good way). Given the fact that I didn’t have full access to all my stuff, I consider it to be some of my very best work. It only took a week 😉 So expect a juicy packing post on the near horizon.
I’ll be back soon (I SWEAR) with some lovely photos and more tales of amazing food and fjords once I get over my jet lag.
In fact, we have SO much to talk about…what was I thinking?? We don’t need any therapy!!
PS. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that if you’re thinking of traveling to Europe and/or considering visiting Iceland at all, Iceland Air (the nicest and prettiest flight attendants) allows up to a 7 day layover with NO extra charge if you choose to fly through Reykjavik. Check out their Instagram to see some truly amazing photos of this unusual destination.
PPS. If you do go, don’t forget to buy Icelandic chocolate (so good) and Blue Lagoon clay masks at Duty Free 🙂
* I have no affiliation nor received any flights or gifts from Iceland Air.