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Fire and ice day 5: “Highway to Hell”

No stop signs Speed limit Nobody’s gonna slow me down                                   –AC/DC    The thing about a highway to Hell is that you normally don’t know you’re on it until it’s too late.    Our second day on the Ring Road dawned with clear skies and great confidence. I was feeling more comfortable behind the […]

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Iceland Ring Road scenery

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Fire and ice day 4

“Fellowship of the Ring Road”    The reasoning behind Carol’s and my decision to rent a camper van was a Plan B idea for having a place to sleep, in the event we arrived in a remote village lacking available hotel accommodations. We’d both camped in our distant pasts, but recent impulses to rent a […]

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Fire and ice day 3

Photos by Carol Madigan    The thing I like most about my irrational fears is that they’re so unhinged from reality that I can take solace that they will never come to be.    And so it was on the third full day of our Iceland adventure that I found that my credit card was […]

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iceland pizza

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Fire and ice: Day 2

Photo Credit: Carol Madigan    Carol and I have reached a compromise between our competing travel objectives. Mixing her desire to plan, see and experience as much as she can with mine, which is  to plan, see and experience as little as possible, we came up with the following compromise for our first day in […]

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Reykjavik Iceland in June

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Fire and Ice: Day 1

Photo Credit: Carol Madigan    We loaded up on wine in the Reykjavik duty free shop, less out of a sense of economy than the angst of trying to find a state liquor store in the Icelandic hinterland in the shadow of happy hour. This added considerably to the schlepping after the airport bus left […]

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Delta Minneapolis to Reykjavik

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Fire and ice

Photo Credit: Carol Madigan    We copped the last two standby seats on what turned out to be Delta’s first Minneapolis to Reykjavik run in more than a year and a half, and we were boarded immediately as the gangway door closed shut behind us. I had my phone perched on the “reserve” button for […]

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packing for Iceland

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Final countdown

Photo Credit: Carol Madigan Minneapolis-Reykjavik 30 seats    When Carol informed me I was in charge of photocopying our travel documents, I knew it meant I wasn’t being allowed anywhere near the suitcases or packing. Trying to fit every clothing contingency for a trip to Iceland into two carry-ons requires the engineering skills of astronauts […]

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The 2021 Carolyn K. Marquardt “Go See Stuff” Travel Award recipient

   Annie Kisska chose to study German as a middle schooler, because it was very different from the Spanish she had been speaking, growing up at home with her mother and nanny.    “My mother had worked in South America for a number of years, and our nanny mostly spoke Spanish. I was looking for […]

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The ABC’s of Iceland

Standby status: Santa Ana – Minneapolis 19 open seats Minneapolis- Reykjavik 32 open seats    Always Bring Coats. That’s what the title of today’s blog stands for. By design, Carol and I choose to travel in what the tourist industry calls the “shoulder” season – not off-peak, but as close as possible without getting ridiculous […]

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Carol Madigan’s diary

May 17, 2021 Dear diary,    Reid said he was interested in learning more about Icelandic history. One of the contributors to an Iceland travel tips fb page suggested a book, Island on Fire, about Iceland’s volcanic past. I know the risk I’m taking. His children have told me something about his “phases,” when he […]

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