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Iceland--Falls & Geysir
Here I am--in Europe! It's my second day out of the 52 that I will be spending exploring Europe this summer. So far it has been incredible. We had a picnic next to a fjord, soaked in hot pools, walked behind Seljalandsfoss, enjoyed Gullfoss, saw Geysir, and experienced a geothermal lake. It has been quite the busy past two days. Quite busy. Yet somehow we managed to sleep. (Well, sort of.)
The first day we got in at 6:30 a.m. Icelandic time, which was 12:30 a.m. back home, and we didn't sleep on the plane. Can you say jet lag? Despite being unbearably exhausted, we somehow managed to stay up until about 9:30 at night before falling into deep, deep sleeps. I should note that I almost feel asleep sitting in a public hot spring though--that could have been simultaneously embarrassing and dangerous.
The fact that the sun barely goes down this time of year, along with our excitement at finally beginning our adventure, is probably what kept us awake so long. It's currently 12:45 a.m. here and it looks like 6:00 p.m. outside. It's unbelievable. Thankfully the curtains do a fabulous job blocking out the light.
Anyway, what happened next was that we woke up to pouring rain, and I mean pouring. It was sheets of rain falling from the sky. But I, being the slightly crazy adventurer that I am, decided I wanted to go anyway, as did my friend Patrick. So we prepared: swimsuits, water shoes, and raincoats. (Without the water shoes you risk burning your feet.)
After dressing we threw open the door, looked at each other, and ran. Trying not to slip on the asphalt we raced to the water where, while we wouldn't be dry, we might be warm. When we finally made it to the water I began feeling skeptical again, it was cold--really cold. Cold enough that I could have put a cardboard box outside to use as a refrigerator or possibly even a freezer. But despite all that we went through with our plan--tossed our jackets aside and hopped in the water. We didn't stay long of course, just long enough to enjoy the feeling of the water changing temperatures as we moved around.
I have to say, there is nothing better than a blistering hot shower after swimming in the rain. Even if the lake had been disappointing, the wonder of the hot shower after would have made the whole experience worth it.