SUMMER TRAVEL OVERVIEW
I have just started to settle in and return to some normalcy from my last round of traveling. Monday is always a good day to jump back into a routine, and I’m trying to be productive today. It’s still early though, I may be researching another trip by the end of the day. This latest vacation was just that, an actual vacation. No work or worrying for three weeks while I explored Iceland, Ireland, and Denmark. In terms of my other trips three weeks is relatively short, but it feels like I have been traveling for much longer. Maybe it was the extended daylight hours or the fact that I was able to appreciate every minute instead of having work on my mind. Whatever the reason, it was a wonderful escape.
I plan to go a little further in depth with my experiences over the next month. Iceland alone is worth multiple posts, but I wanted to give a quick overview of my trip while it’s on my mind.
This place is unreal! The diverse and rugged landscape is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. If you have any interest at all in this tiny country… save your money, find a cheap flight on WOWair and go there as soon as possible. I’m not sure why the urgency. I don’t think Iceland is going anywhere, but you can never be sure when volcanoes are involved. The highlight of my time there was the incredible Laugavegur Trek. If overnight hikes aren’t your forte, there is still so much to see and do off the main ring road or even on day trips from the city.
Following Iceland, I ventured back to Ireland for a quick visit to my favorite country. I enjoyed a couple of days in Dublin, followed by a traumatic drive around County Wicklow (more on that later). Driving aside, it’s still the place where I feel most at ease and comfortable. Unlike last summer, the weather was amazing and I soaked up every minute of this lovely country.
I spent a little less than five days in Copenhagen and I could have stayed five years. Anyone who has texted, messaged, or talked to me in the last week has already had an earful of my gushing over this city. Even before visiting, if I were to design a perfect city it would have all of the charms, color, and personality that I found in Copenhagen. The incredible design scene is another matter all together. This brief glimpse wasn’t nearly enough to satisfy me, and I have no doubt that another visit will be in order. My only regret is that I only have a handful of sad looking photos to help visually convey my experience. I will do and be better next time.
Unfortunately, I don’t see a whole lot of extended travel in the upcoming months so this last trip will have to keep me satisfied for a while. I’m going to take some time to refocus on my work and put in some quality family time. I’ve got a handful of new babies coming into my life, and I intend to make the most of it.