Today was about the best day I’ve had since my arrival in Iceland and pretty much up in my top 3 days of my life so far.
Me and 4 other exchange students (that I had met once or twice before) rented a car to drive to some of the prettiest places near Reykjavík. So at about 10am we headed off.
We had only a map to navigate which made me nervous at first but turned out to be no problem at all.
When we first got onto a highway I even found the landscapes that you could just see by the side of the road really really pretty plus there were icelandic horses and sheep basically everywhere.
The first stop on our little tour was the Þingvellir national park which had some incredibly stunning landscapes.
Next we wanted to see the Geysir here in Iceland and let me tell you it did not disappoint we saw it erupt several times plus the area was full of smaller hot springs that were just bubbling and filling the air with the lovely smell of sulfur.
Because there was hot water everywhere and the sun was out (rare!) it actually got pretty warm and I could just wear a t-shirt the entire time.
Our last intended stop was the Gullfoss waterfall and oh boy that must have been the most beautiful sight I have ever laid eyes on. It was absolutely magical and the sun created this rainbow which made it even prettier.
Then we decided to head home because we had to give back the rental car, when on the drive home we talked about “there is also a crater somewhere here that has a lake at the bottom that is really beautiful” when we suddenly just drove past it a few minutes later! So we decided to stop there too and had to pay a small entrance fee of 400ISK and could see this absolutely incredible blue water at the bottom of the extinct volcano which looked even more beautiful in contrast to the red stone and the bright green grass that grew there.
This trip was everything I hoped it to be and so much more and I’m really glad I met some people and had the opportunity to see this on this lovely day before uni started.
So I am absolutely exhausted but before I go to bed I wanted to share a few pics from our road trip back home from Austin today. We took a more circuitous route through Texas hill country, which was lovely (especially the area around Austin), and later we stopped to snoop around a supposedly haunted huge old hotel in Mineral Wells. It was a lot of fun :)
The Blue Whale of Catoosa, built by Hugh Davis in the early 1970s as an anniversary gift to his wife Zelta, a collector of whale figurines. Eventually it was opened to the public as a swimming hole, and enjoyed by travelers of Route 66.
I wanna have a cute friendship where I can do couples yoga with him/her and meditate with them, and cuddle with them, have tickle fights and sleep overs almost every night. watch each others favorite tv shows and movies together and make each other laugh all the time. cook each others favorite foods, take naps together, go on spontaneous road trips, and fall asleep in each others arms while watching the sun rise because we stayed up all night talking… learn from each other, grow with each other. go on lots of adventures, make music and other artistic things together, and make love constantly… that’s my kind of friendship.