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Fire and ice day 12:”The road taken”

Photo credit: Carol Madigan    As I write this, a month has already passed since Carol and I spent those two weeks in Iceland. I’m still trying to process it all. The trip originally fell into the category of impulse or pipe dream. From the moment we read that Iceland had opened up to vaccinated […]

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rainbow bricks leading to church in Seyðisfjörður

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Fire and ice day 8: “Something is rotten in the state of Iceland”

Photo Credit: Carol Madigan    The “plan” (as rare as that term was to be employed on this trip) was for a short hitch over coastal mountains to the little fishing village of Seyðisfjörður. We’d walk around a bit, and if the campground looked good, and there was a decent cafe, we’d stay the night. […]

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Namafjall thermal flats

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Fire and ice day 7: “Eating like eight-year-olds”

   By our fourth day in the camper, Carol and I had developed a transition routine from driving to camping out that mimicked the precision of synchronized swimming. Within minutes of pulling into the campground, I would have Happy Hour fully underway, complete with a red and a white opened and paired with a charcuterie […]

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Goðafoss Waterfall

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Fire and ice day 6: “There’s a there there everywhere”

Photo Credit: Carol Madigan    We thought our first sightseeing site of the day would be the famous sod church, known as Víðimýrarkirkja. But when we turned right out of our campsite and back onto the Ring Road, we immediately discovered we’d spent the night hard by a stunning gorge and island we had no […]

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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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packing for summer vacation in iceland

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Summer vacation

Photo Credit: Carol Madigan    Thermal underwear. Check. Wool socks. Check. Winter gloves. Check. Boots, heavy coats, sweaters, scarves and wool hats. Check, check, check, check and check. Getting ready for our first summer travel vacation in over a year. And no, we’re not so out of step with traveling again that we have our […]

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Carol Madigan’s diary

   April 22, 2021    Dear diary,    So, Reid’s latest “adventure” appears to be Iceland. He says it’s the first country to open itself up to tourists who’ve been vaccinated. I get it, but I’m not sure whether he’s thought through some of the details. (In fact, in all my travels with Reid so […]

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