Jeep trip, part 3

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Going on trips like the big one that we went on, there is always something happening. We were 16 cars and of course some of them did “break down”, ours included. The good thing about going with very experienced drivers is that there is always someone to help you fix your car when something breaks. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but our beloved car “occasionally” breaks a little when we’re away on longer trips. One of the reason I think is that it’s kind of an old car and also there were quite a few years when Doddi was living in Denmark and the car was just standing still without no one to take it out for a drive, and that’s of course never good for a car. But luckily we (or maybe I should say Doddi) has often been able to fix the car on site and we have continued on. So if you have a Super Jeep it’s definitely a good thing to be a “hobby mechanic” 😉

Doddi in action

Doddi in action

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I can’t remember exactly how many cars “broke” during this trip, but I do remember our car breaking 🙂 What exactly happened I don’t know because I’m not that interested in car mechanics, but I think it had something to do with the 4-wheel drive or something like that. Luckily it wasn’t really bad and Doddi, with the help of some of the other guys, managed to fix the broken part  and we could continue on. I was of course very happy about that it was fixable, I did not want to have to leave the car behind and then come back some other day to pick it up. We actually didn’t have any cars break that much that it had to be left behind. All cars got fixed on site and all of us could drive our own cars home at the end of our great trip! 🙂

A tire got loose on the rim of one of the other cars in the group

A tire got loose on the rim of one of the other cars in the group

Trying to get the tire back on the rim

Trying to get the tire back on the rim

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Jeep trip, part 2

The most spectacular place we went to on our trip was without a doubt Breiðbakur. Standing up on that mountain you feel like you have a perfect view over all of Iceland! It was really amazing. The weather up there was a little less amazing, it was sunny but very very windy and freezing cold. The wind almost turned your face into a Popsicle 🙂 ????????But it was definitely worth it! And even if we never got to drive on a glacier during this trip I at least got a perfect view of one (Vatnajökull) and that is always better than nothing. We were extremely lucky to have such clear weather this day. Because of the great weather you could see incredibly far. So this is definitely a great place to visit on a sunny day!  ???????? ???????? ????????

Up at Breiðbakur we met another Cherokee (most of the cars from our gang were Toyotas). This Cherokee had a bit bigger tires than us and ????????that gave both Doddi and I an idea of what we would want our car to look like if we would ever change it and put bigger tires under him. Doddi have been talking about doing it for a while now but I’ve always said no thinking that the car would look weird with too big tires. But after seeing that one I have finally changed my mind 😉

Sunshine Award

I have been nominated for the Sunshine Award by Catastrophic Findings! She must have known that I was in great need of some incommensurate at the moment 😉 I’ve been struggling a bit with my blog lately, thinking that I never had anything fun to write about and being scared that if I didn’t write soon I would loose all my great followers. So this nomination was just what I needed at the moment, so great big thanks to you!!! 🙂

Rules for the Sunshine Award:

  • If you are nominated you must include the link in a blog, linking to the person/blog that nominated you.
  • You must answer some questions and nominate 10 fellow bloggers and link their blogs in your post. Let the people you have nominated know that you have nominated them!

1. Who is your favourite philosopher?

To be honest I don’t have one….

2. What is your favourite number?

I actually have a few of them and they all come from my time as a gymnast. When you’re competing you get a number and every time I got the numbers 5 or 7 I would do very well and sometimes even win a medal. For some reason these number have stayed with me and are still my favourite ones 🙂

3. What is your favourite animal?

Penguin, they are just so cute and if you were allowed to have one as a pet I would without a doubt get one!

4. What are your Facebook and Twitter URLs?

I can only give you my Facebook one because I don’t have Twitter http://www.facebook.com/frida.carlsson.54

5. What is your favourite time of day?

Sometime between 17.00 and 17.30 because that’s when Doddi comes home from work.

6. What was your favourite vacation?

I’m not sure if travelling around Iceland counts, since this is now where I live. So if I’m not allowed to count that in then I would have to say Sicily, I went there with my parents a few year ago and it was a really nice trip and a very beautiful place.

7. What is your favourite physical activity?

Everyone who knows me now knows that I’m not that keen on physical activities. But when I do get the urge to do something I find it kind of fun to do Zumba.

8. What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink?

Smoothie

9. What is your favourite flower?

I’m one of few women who doesn’t really like flowers so I don’t have a favourite one. But I do think tulips are kind of nice.

10. What is your passion?

I guess I would have to say books, architecture, fashion and photography.

Sunshine Award Nominations (in no particular order)

Jeep trip, part 1

A couple of weekends ago we went on our big Jeep trip of the year. We started on Thursday afternoon by going to Hella where we meet up with the 15 cars coming from Akureyri. From there we all continued on towards a hut called Dalakofinn (North of Þórsmörk) where we would be spending the night.

All lined up and ready to leave civilisation behind us

All lined up and ready to leave civilisation behind us

On our way to the hut

On our way to the hut

I’m not very used to these kinds of travels, the trips we’ve been to have mainly been over the day and I’ve gotten to go home at the end of them and sleep in my own warm bed. During this trip we got to sleep in some different mountain huts and the main thing they all had in common was that they were freezing cold when we first arrived. So there was no warm and cosy bed to crawl into and no hot shower to warm up your frozen limbs. Instead you got to go out and get snow to melt to even have water. At the end of each day we all crawled into our very cold sleeping bags and tried our best to get some sleep and I must say that I’m very happy I remembered to bring my ear-plugs because when you’re sharing a hut with around 30 people and majority of them are men then there will be a whole symphony of snoring going on all night long. My first morning I woke up very early and I was just laying in my sleeping bag looking out the window watching the sun rise coming over the mountain and listening to the snoring symphony and somehow it was kind of nice, and funny 🙂

A beautiful morning

A beautiful morning

During our whole trip we had amazing weather with the sun shining down from a blue sky and almost no clouds at all covering it. It was of course cold but then it’s nice to be in the car and just look at all the beautiful nature around you. This is absolutely one of the best ways to travel! So to anyone who hasn’t tried it, you really should, there is nothing like it! I will never get tired of this, the Icelandic landscape all covered in snow is so beautiful that it takes your breath away at time, and being out there is total a freedom and just an euphoric feeling that is impossible to describe to anyone who hasn’t tried it.???????????????????????????????

Íslenska fyrir útlendinga II

Last night I went to my first lesson in Icelandic, and because of some misunderstanding I ended up in Icelandic 2 and not Icelandic 1, so it’s a good thing I already know some Icelandic or I’ll be having some big problems for the next few weeks 🙂 Because of another misunderstanding we were only two students last night, the rest of them are all coming from a company and they didn’t know we were starting last night so they will hopefully come tomorrow when we have our next lesson. So we only had a short lesson last night and we went through some things they learned in Icelandic 1, and so far I’m not having any problems keeping up. But then again I will always have Doddi who can help me if there’s something I don’t understand 😉

So now I’m off to do some homework and then prepare my post about out Jeep trip last weekend 😉

Light show

Last night there were an amazing Northern Light show over Iceland. Since I’ve only seen the light once before and have been looking for them every time we’re out during the evenings but never been lucky enough to see them again, I of course wanted to go outside of Reykjavík to try to see them. There were a lot people who had been thinking the same so there were cars all over the place. But we did find a nice spot and we didn’t have to wait long for the most amazing light show to start! I’ve never seen anything like it, it was so beautiful and just mind-blowing. The lights were dancing all over the sky and changing colours from green to purple/pink something and it was just amazing!!! I really hope I will get to experience something like this again some day!

Doddi tried to take some pictures of it, but they unfortunately didn’t turn out as well as we had hoped since we weren’t sure which setting to use on the camera. But atleast we got some pictures to remember this very special night. ???????????????????????????????

Northern Lights with the lights from Reykjavík in the background

Northern Lights with the lights from Reykjavík in the background

Time to learn!

I’ve been living in Iceland for 8 months or so now and still I haven’t found a job, so I decided it was time to do something about it! Therefore I’ve signed up for an Icelandic course and today I’m going my first lesson. Hopefully this will help me in my job search.

I feel very excited about finally getting to learn Icelandic for real. I of course do understand some already, and have learned a lot from listening to Doddi and his family, but I still find it difficult to speak it so I thought I could use some professional help 🙂 Hope it’s a good course and that I will learn a lot, fast! I’m not know for being a patient person 😉

The course I’m taking is at Multi-Kulti