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stay with me

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Een van mijn goede voornemens (braak) voor 2015 was om weer wat leven te pompen in deze blog. Helaas is dat nog niet zo goed gelukt en begint dit meer en meer te veranderen in een plek waar ik gewoon lukraak mijn vakantiekiekjes plaats. Over een maand ga ik weer op reis, dus verwacht een paar blog updates daarna ;) Ondertussen ga ik toch proberen om weer eens te updaten, want ik mis het fotograferen wel! De reden dat ik deze blog begon was vooral om een plek te vinden waar ik al mijn willekeurige foto’s gewoon ergens een plekje kon geven. Maar ja, ondertussen voelt dat toch wel heel erg willekeurig. Ik merk dat ik zelf ook graag blogs lees met ‘een onderwerp’, dus dat wil ik ook graag voor deze blog. En misschien een nieuwe layout. Een plan van aanpak! ;) I’ll be back!

One of my goals for 2015 was to update this blog! But I hardly did… This blog has become more of a place where I drop my holiday snapshots instead of a real, proper blog. Anyway, in a month I’ll be traveling again so expect the blog to be updated in about 5 weeks ;) Meanwhile I’m going to brainstorm a little about what to do with this blog. I definitely want to keep it up and make it a proper blog, with nice pictures and useful information and fun stories and ALL THE THINGS. But I’m working on it. Please don’t forget about me ;) I’ll be back!

P.S. The picture was taken in breathtaking Howth, where I was exactly a year ago! Time flies.. ah!

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stay with me

Originally published at . You can comment here or there.

grijs

Een van mijn goede voornemens (braak) voor 2015 was om weer wat leven te pompen in deze blog. Helaas is dat nog niet zo goed gelukt en begint dit meer en meer te veranderen in een plek waar ik gewoon lukraak mijn vakantiekiekjes plaats. Over een maand ga ik weer op reis, dus verwacht een paar blog updates daarna ;) Ondertussen ga ik toch proberen om weer eens te updaten, want ik mis het fotograferen wel! De reden dat ik deze blog begon was vooral om een plek te vinden waar ik al mijn willekeurige foto’s gewoon ergens een plekje kon geven. Maar ja, ondertussen voelt dat toch wel heel erg willekeurig. Ik merk dat ik zelf ook graag blogs lees met ‘een onderwerp’, dus dat wil ik ook graag voor deze blog. En misschien een nieuwe layout. Een plan van aanpak! ;) I’ll be back!

One of my goals for 2015 was to update this blog! But I hardly did… This blog has become more of a place where I drop my holiday snapshots instead of a real, proper blog. Anyway, in a month I’ll be traveling again so expect the blog to be updated in about 5 weeks ;) Meanwhile I’m going to brainstorm a little about what to do with this blog. I definitely want to keep it up and make it a proper blog, with nice pictures and useful information and fun stories and ALL THE THINGS. But I’m working on it. Please don’t forget about me ;) I’ll be back!

P.S. The picture was taken in breathtaking Howth, where I was exactly a year ago! Time flies.. ah!

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Iceland III

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I should really come up with some more creative titles. Anyway, on a grey, rainy day like this it feels like a good moment to talk about my last day in Iceland where it was bright and sunnny! Apparently the weather is the best in Autumn, more sunshine, less rain. But first, let me put on some Sigur Rós to get in the mood ;)

On the last day I had booked something that I’ve wanted to do ever since I wanted to go to Iceland (which is a long time). And that is horse riding, on an Icelandic horse (if you call them ponies I swear you’ll find yourself hunted by 10 Icelandic farmers with dangerously sharp pitchforks!) (okay maybe not) (but still, don’t ever call them ponies!) in Iceland. Most people are surprised when they hear this, but at the age 9 till 16 I was an avid horseback rider. Icelandic horses were actually one of my favourites, when I was really young I even had shirts and mugs with them on it (yes I was that kind of girl, no shame!).

Basically, it was a dream finally coming true. I had booked the tour on the last day, because that would be the only day left with good weather. It was little drizzly that morning, but it cleared up pretty soon. But 10 minutes before they were to pick me up, I was informed the tour was cancelled! At that point I realized it was quite stupid to book something like this on the last day, but I had seen pictures of the tour deep into snow and everything. I just couldn’t imagine it would be cancelled due to some light rain in the morning (apparently it was cancelled because there was too much wind?! Still weird because there’s always a LOT of wind in Iceland haha). But a very friendly lady at the reception desk at a hotel I wasn’t even staying at, helped me out and found another tour that could pick me up in 5 minutes! I was so relieved! The weather turned out to be beautiful and riding through the mountains during golden hour is one of my favourite things I have ever done, I think. It was absolutely beautiful and probably even better than the tour I had originally booked. I’m sometimes amazed at how things work out like this (I had not heard my phone, so they had to contact my pick up point and they had to find and inform me. If they hadn’t done that and I had picked up my phone, I would never have booked another tour on my own so last minute. It just wouldn’t have crossed my mind at that point!)

There were a lot of people that had never been on a horse, but the pace was sometimes quite fast so you have to be steady in the saddle at least a bit I guess! But most definitely a recommendation, if you at least like horses. Be prepared for horrendous saddle pain though, because the horses take quick, small steps. Ouch!

Anyway, enough of the boring story. I’ll let the pictures do the talking, as usual ;) Look at those fluffy beasties!

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Iceland Part II

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This was on the 4th day and the second tour in a row, or even the third actually! At this point I was kinda done with tour guides and other tourists that were trying to make some chit chat haha. I remember that at one point I was so busy with taking selfies (see picture above) and just soaking in the marvelous view, that I even was too late for the bus. Well they waited for me but they weren’t very pleased, oops. Again, I’m very glad I did those tours and there wasn’t any option for me but I can’t wait to go back one day (in summer!) and travel through Iceland by car. Not sure when that’s going to happen though haha.

On this day I did the classic Golden Circle tour, which is also a recommendation (although I liked the South Coast better). However, just a small tip, if you’re going to book a bus tour, please book the shorter tour. You won’t miss a thing if you’re not going to the greenhouses, because that’s boring. Unless you want to look at some tomatoes and pay 10 euros for a small cup of tomato soup and waste half an hour there, if you want all that, I could definitely recommend you the longer tour. Yeah.

The thing that I love about Iceland are it’s many colours. I think I said the same thing in the previous post, but it’s incredible that you’re able to drive through an entirely different landscape every 15 minutes or so. The day before I was visiting black beaches (there are some pictures in this post because I forgot them oops) and the next day you’re looking at bright red landscapes. And the hill after that is green again, with black rocks. It’s simply mesmerizing! I’ll just let the pictures do the talking ;)

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Iceland part I

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Finally, some Iceland pictures! I apologize beforehand for the long time this post shall probably load, but I’ve tried my best to minimize the pictures as well as possible. There are just tons of them, sorry not sorry. As I took a lot of pictures I will probably make a shitload of posts about Iceland. I know you probably won’t mind but you know, just a head’s up ;)

Anyway, Iceland! Going to Iceland has been a long time dream of mine. I’m not sure where it started, maybe when about 10 years ago I started to follow an Icelandic photographer on Flickr? I loved her pictures and was getting slightly obsessed with all the alienesque and breathtaking landscapes in her photographs. I think I also basically reblogged every Iceland picture on Tumblr there is… I needed to go there! So it took a long time, but I finally did it. There were a lot of reasons why it took so long, but basically the most important reason for me was that I had heard you can only see the beautiful landscape by car. There are no trains in Iceland, obviously, and public transport is so-so. Since I have no driver’s licence (nor probably ever will have one) or a friend that was interested in Iceland as well, it seemed like it would be something for the future. And also it’s expensive, the plane ticket would be fairly expensive, sleeping there, the food, everything! As a part time barista, you can imagine that I don’t have a lot of money. So Iceland just had to wait…

But at the end of this year, the travel bug started to itch again. But I just didn’t know where to go. At one pointed I wanted to go WWOOF-ing in Ireland, but realized that might take a little more time to plan than I had. So, what about Iceland? After some thought and research I decided to go there and I’m so glad I did! I’ll spare you the details, but I managed to see a lot of things with some bus tours. This is kinda expensive, but luckily I had rented a cheap AirBnB room and cooked at ‘home’ every night. (Where would I be without the Bonus supermarket? My lord and saviour that week!). Also, renting a car on your own with no one to share the costs with, would probably have been as expensive anyway. And while Reykjavik is a cool, quirky little town, you have hardly seen Iceland if you just stay there!

So these pictures were taken on a first tour, to the south coast! I think this was one of my favourite places in Iceland, specially the black beaches near Vík. And the Mýrdalsjökull glacier! I love how Iceland just sometimes looks like another planet, or how there are so many different kinds of nature everywhere, sometimes it’s just a whole different area around every corner. On my way from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik, I was just glued to the bus’s window. What a magnificent landscape and I was just 5 minutes in the country! I remember there was some sort of weird bubbly, boiling water near some beach as well. And steam, lots of steam. I was definitely mesmerized, and my trip was just about to start!

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