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Month: September 2016

Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach and Perlan

Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach and Perlan

On my third day in Iceland, I checked out of my AirBnB and into Hotel Holt in downtown Reykjavik.  Because I was early, my room wasn’t ready so I dropped off my bags and headed towards Perlan, a futuristic-looking building with a observation deck and rotating restaurant at the top.  The front desk agent at the hotel assured me that it was a walk-able distance away, and it was, but it wasn’t a very pretty walk.  I looped over, under,…

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My First AirBnB Experience

My First AirBnB Experience

I had always been a little bit wary of AirBnB, mostly because of stories I’ve heard from friends or read online.  It seemed to me that people either loved it or hated it.  However, when I started planning my trip to Iceland, the prices for hotels were a little high for my budget.  This coupled with the fact that I was traveling solo and wanted to meet people along the way led me to try AirBnB for the first time. …

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Hiking Mount Esja, Iceland

Hiking Mount Esja, Iceland

Mount Esja, which can be seen in the background of Reykjavik in most photos, is just a quick hop, skip and jump from downtown.  I was very lucky to have such amazing AirBnb hosts that drove me there on their way to a family event.  As we got close, Hulda pointed out her old neighborhood, school and stomping grounds; this area was where she grew up. When they dropped me off in the parking lot, they explained how I would…

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Exploring Reykjavik

Exploring Reykjavik

I landed in Iceland at 7:00am after a restless flight, so I was tired and a little bit crabby when I found the Grayline Bus that would take me into Reykjavik.  But, by the time it arrived into the main station (just outside the city) the surrounding scenery had roused me out of my half-conscious; my first impression of the impressively beautiful country did not disappoint. The main station was very close to where I was staying, in an AirBnB.  I…

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A Quick Euro Trip Recap

A Quick Euro Trip Recap

Hi all! I’m back in the states after ten days of being in Iceland and Denmark and doing my best to keep the jet lag monster at bay with copious amounts of coffee.  This trip was amazing, life-changing even, and I’m happy and proud to have been able to do it on my own.  It’s always a great feeling to come home from a trip that met and exceeded all of your expectations. Though there were some bumps in the…

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Trip Planning: Milwaukee, WI

Trip Planning: Milwaukee, WI

A couple of weeks after I return from my trip to Europe (which I am currently enjoying – Hello from Copenhagen!), Mike is taking me on a little weekend getaway to Milwaukee, WI.  While I have been to this city a few times, mostly for concerts, this will be my first time staying overnight there.  Funnily enough, the original reason we were going to Milwaukee in the first place is because we have tickets to a Thrice (one of Mike’s…

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5 Notes on Road Tripping with a Baby

5 Notes on Road Tripping with a Baby

This post is brought to you by my wonderful sister, Molly Reis, the talented mama of my beautiful nieces and author of Blogging the In-Between.   We took two trips this summer with the family – one to Tennessee (a 10-hour drive each way) and one to northern Wisconsin (a 4-and-a-half-hour drive each way).  This is how we planned, what we learned and what worked for us in our travels.  Most of it was trial and error.  This is by no means a…

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Europe Packing List

Europe Packing List

Today is the day I finally stop talking about this trip and actually leave for Iceland, en route to Copenhagen.  And it has finally hit me that this is actually happening.  I am nervous and excited and ready for a new adventure.  Before I go, I need to pack, which is a project in and of itself.  While it’s been a bit stressful with everything else I have going on lately, I really don’t mind packing.  With the search for…

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