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The comeback artist

The last thing I did in London before leaving my keys in the flat and catching an Uber to the airport was to pull my shamrock out of the dirt it was planted in, chop off all the leaves, and hide the roots wrapped in wet cloths in my luggage. I wasn’t sure if it […]

Just kidding! tonight is the last night in London

I was all set for one of those life moments, turning the page and opening a new chapter—only British Airways thought differently! My flight was delayed and delayed and delayed and then finally canceled. In classic airline fashion they were never very specific about the reasons; they said something about “operations” and claimed that “engineers” […]

Last night in London

It’s finally here! After three years in London I fly out tomorrow with a one-way ticket to Seattle to start a new life there. I’ve said my goodbyes, moved into a hotel, and composed many unwritten blog posts about the emotional rollercoaster, stress factory, and logistical puzzle that is a trans-Atlantic move and job change. […]

Packing up

After three years my time in London is coming to an end! one month from tomorrow I will be starting in a new role in a Seattle. Which means that between now and then I need to pack up my life here in London, move (almost) halfway around the world, and set up camp in […]

Sunset!

The natural beauty of Iceland never ceases to amaze. The sun was setting as we left our last waterfall and began the long drive back to Reykjavík. At first it was simply pretty—a rosy glow in the sky. But then the colours deepened as the sun lowered behind the distant Westman Islands, and it became […]

Sea ice!

Not far from the base camp we used for getting to the ice cave was a glacial lagoon. The glacier extended down to the water’s edge, occasionally sending off large chunks of ice on journeys to the sea. Some of these became lodged in the narrow mouth of the lagoon until they melted enough to […]

Ice caves!

When we booked this trip the offer of visiting an “ice cave” stood out as unusual among the tours we were considering. we didn’t know if it would be all that cool but decided to give it a try. So glad we did! It turns out to be one of the cooler things we saw. […]

Black sand beaches!

At long last! The wind died down just enough for us to scrape our way along the southern coast to Vik, a tiny town on a stretch of black sand beach. If you do a web search for pictures of Vik, you’ll see serenely pastoral views of a picturesque village nestled among green fields beside […]

Waterfalls!

Iceland is a land of wind and volcanoes and glaciers—and also waterfalls! They pour over the volcanic cliffs onto the flat coastland below. Highly dramatic and incredibly photogenic, they are sure crowd pleasers. The first one we visited was Seljalandsfoss, which was also the largest and busiest. Next, just a few hundred yards up the […]

Lava!

Getting rescued with a new (and functional!) van did not solve our problems. Cyclone Dennis was still pummelling us with 100+ mph winds, topping 150mph in the passes—which meant it wasn’t safe for us to continue our journey. So our guide announced an impromptu visit to the Lava Centre, which offered a small and highly […]

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