Fire and Ice (and no, not Game of Thrones)

In approximately 9 hours, I’m flying to Iceland.

Why?

Well, in this case, the more appropriate question is “why not?”

Iceland

For the first time EVER, the spring breaks at the various institutions where I teach actually coincide, leaving me with an entire week off. And since I have a habit of frequenting cold, snowy places during spring break (instead of say Cancun, like a normal person), I figured I’d go check out why Iceland is so “hot” right now.

Perhaps even more importantly though, I need to make certain that the man I’m marrying is okay with me up-and-going to a foreign country when I feel the need to put some travel back into my work as a travel writer. He says he is— I wouldn’t have agreed to marry him if he hadn’t—but saying and being are two different things. So I’m going.

And I’m going by myself.

Now if only my tear ducts would get with the program…

Because nothing says hip-and-cosmopolitan-jet-setter like lugging around the t-shirt your fiancé wore to bed last night because it smells like him, right?

10 Responses to “Fire and Ice (and no, not Game of Thrones)”

  1. landlord no longer

    I go through a series of, “oh I’m so excited to be able to travel” to “this is so great, I wish chauffeur was here to see this too” to full on missing him, mixed with, “He’d hate going to every flea market in xxx or a tour of xx’s costume museum or…” I’m sure you will too.

    Iceland is strangely and quirkily wonderful. Hope you get a good clear night view!!!!!

    During the day you’ll be so busy, and at the end of the day you can grab a bottle of wine and some take away and then write at night 🙂

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  2. Lunar

    I’ve always liked traveling by myself. It can be kind of overwhelming, but then you get to push yourself into meeting locals or discovering new places all on your own, too.

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    • Kat Richter

      Yeah, I just have to get in the zone. It’s been so long since I’ve been anywhere on my own but I’m pretty sure it’ll be like riding a bike (as in I’ll remember how pretty soon) 🙂

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  3. Leah

    Ha ha – “nothing says hip…” Too right! You rock that look.

    It’s been a while since I’ve done the solo travel thing (unless you count driving 11 hours to visit my parents). Perhaps I need to do it again to get back some of my old confidence.

    Enjoy your trip and the snow and ice (I do not understand going towards the cold, but you go for it!).

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