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Study Abroad in Iceland

Lauren: Home Sweet Home

But now I need to catch you up on some things: 1. The day I almost died. On November 13th I went on a jeep safari on Langjökull glacier. It was AWESOME! I saw so many amazing sights and it was truly a once in a lifetime experience. I got this opportunity through Inspired by Iceland and I was allowed to bring one guest, so my friend Emily Anderson came along! We packed a lunch filled hit the road early in the morning with our guide Sverrir. It was a caravan […]

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Lauren: Inspired by Iceland

Inspired by Iceland is a campaign that was recently set up in hopes of increasing tourism. I am not sure how well that is going but I do know that those of us that are here studying abroad are definitely reaping the benefits! This website is a place where Icelanders (including the mayor and even the president) can go and post an invitation for anything from having pancakes to walking an Icelandic sheepdog around Reykjavik to even a birthday party in a barn. My dormmates and I have been following the […]

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Lauren: Weekend in Selfoss

This weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to go visit my friend Berglind’s family in Selfoss. I have included Miss Berglind in previous posts but I usually just call her Begga. Anyways, Selfoss is a town in southern Iceland with a population of about 6,500. This lovely picture above is from Google maps. Point A is Reykjavik where I live and point B is Selfoss where I am writing this very blog post this very minute! You can also see in gold Iceland’s Ring Road. Hringvegur (Ring Road) is about 832 miles […]

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Lauren: Feels like home… well, let’s not push it

In an effort to cure my insomnia, I have made attempts to make my room feel more comfortable and homey as opposed to just short of a prison cell… okay I am being dramatic. But I really needed to make my room feel more like MY room. So I rearranged, swept and took a bus trip to IKEA with my little Floridian friend Akeem. I bought two rugs, a storage bin, and a candle from IKEA (it smells like Christmas!!!!!!!). I really wanted to buy a duvet for my pilly, […]

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Lauren: Defeated by Danish

Well I had to drop Danish class today. It was just the most defeating class ever. Since I have only had two very casual years of learning Danish, I was just not up to par with my peers. In Iceland, students are required to take at least four years of Danish so by the time they get to university, they are going into their fifth year. (Yeah, that is how math works…) Anyways, I thought I could keep up with the big boys but it turns out I just can’t. […]

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Lauren: Réttir and The Golden Circle

Yesterday was a very busy, long, and exciting day! I started the day off at 8am when I piled onto 1 of 3 coach buses with international students from University of Iceland and Reykjavik University to begin our adventure. Our first stop was Réttir. It was about 2 hours southeast of Reykjavik. Every fall farmers gather all of the sheep that have been grazing freely in the mountains and hills for the whole summer and sort them out to their respective farms. This is a huge deal and a longstanding […]

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Lauren: Turning a new leaf…

Well first of all I went whale watching on Sunday. Two of my biggest fears in life are whales and boats and I thought it would be a MARVELOUS idea to combine them both and pay 35 dollars to do it. Although I was pretty much terrified the entire time, I somehow managed to get through it. Mostly because I never saw a whale. I saw a few dolphins and all of my pictures came out as little splashes but in person, they were pretty sweet. I have never seen […]

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Lauren: Tour of my room

After waiting for almost 2 weeks for internet, I finally have a connection in my room!!! WOOO!! I knew that I was going to have internet for the very first time, so naturally I had to clean my room. Why? Have you met my mother? She would be so mad if she skyped me and my room was a mess!!! So after my whirlwind cleaning experience, I snapped a few photos to give you all the grand tour of my little room in Iceland. Here it is!  I LOVE the […]

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Lauren: First week in Iceland

One word: Vöffluvagninn. You just go up to this van, hand them 590 krona (like $5 dollars) and then BAM! You get heaven on a plate. I got a waffle covered in chocolate with whip cream on it and I knew that I found my place in Reykjavik. I belong in this van. They are just so good! In America, you don’t buy food out of vans unless you are on State Fair grounds but  here they hand of chunks of goodness and it is fantastic!! I think the waffle pictured […]

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