Guys, maybe I am just the world’s biggest sap, but Proctor & Gamble does it again. This video brought me straight to tears. Mom’s are the best! Bring on the 2014 Winter Olympics.
I fell off my bike for the fourth? fifth? time since moving to Germany yesterday. This time I only have myself 100 percent to blame and I am 100 percent glad the Freund was not there because it was directly caused by one of the million lectures I receive from him about my bike etiquette. I was trying to answer my cell phone and my zipper pocket was stuck. I tugged, tugged, tugged until I tugged myself right off my bike and onto the pavement. Go team. No broken shoulder though, so that’s a plus.
Today, I will be training all the way to Düsseldorf and then turning around and coming right back. It’s going to be a doozie. Boy am I thankful for train travel though. I am still very anti-bus after the Morocco trip.
Most importantly, it’s time to introduce y’all to my friend Kaelene. She lives in ICELAND! How freaking cool (literally and figuratively) is that? Without further ado…
Hello ifs ands & butts, I’m Kaelene and I blog over at Unlocking Kiki. Three months ago I left my life in my little hometown in Oregon and traveled 4,000 miles away to a tiny island floating above the rest of Europe called the land of fire and ice, better known as Iceland. I now spend my days exploring Iceland and trying to blend in with the other Icelanders.
Unlocking Kiki is where I talk about transitioning to life as an expat, my attempts at fitting into the Icelandic society, how awkward I am trying to make new friends with a language barrier and any random thoughts I may have on my mind that day.
Why Iceland? Totally random right?? Well you know its the usually story, girl goes to Australia, girl meets boy in Australia, boy happens to be Icelandic, girl looks on map to figure out where in the hell Iceland is, fast forward three years girl officially moves to Iceland to be with boy. Whew that sums up our love story in one run-on sentence!
Bringing in 2014 Icelandic style. NYE in Iceland is epic!
To give you a glimpse at my new home I complied a list of very unique Icelandic facts.
10 Icelandic Quirks
1. Police officers don’t carry guns when they are on duty. When guns are needed a swat team is called in.
Iceland for the 5th successive year was voted the best place to be a woman, talk about girl power and awesome equality!
2. Unlimited Hot water, no more fighting over a hot shower, enjoy finding hot springs randomly on hikes or even walking in the city.
3. Celebrity sightings are no big deal. So far I have had Russell Brand stand a few feet in front of me, a near sighting of Lady Gaga and Christmas shopping with Bjork.
4. The beauty of the northern lights and midnight sun.
5. Going to the downtown bars before 1 am makes you lame.
7. Don’t be frightened when you see baby strollers with a sleeping baby sitting outside a cafe, the moms didn’t want to wake the sleeping child when they went inside for a coffee with friends.
8. Christmas is celebrated with not just Santa but 13 Yule Lads that bring children gifts every night for the 13 days before Christmas.
9. Babies aren’t named until they are at least 2 months old. What are you suppose to call the baby before then because “it” feels really inappropriate to me.
Iceland is one interesting place and I am loving discovering all the uniqueness this country has to offer. This list is just some of the things I have noticed during my time in Iceland, I have a feeling there will be many more to add. Come over and visit Unlocking Kiki I would love to meet you. Sjáumst and bless bless!
I was already sold on traveling to Iceland, but do I want to get there now more than ever! Note to self: ask Steinunn (my local Icelandic friend) how long it took her parents to name her. I do remember her telling me that you cannot just name your child anything in Iceland as it must be traditional and approved by a government entity. ICELAND Y’ALL.