I haven’t had much time for blogging the last weeks because I was so busy with travelling, working, knitting and all that. But I’ll try to make up for it by telling about everything that happened lately :) Let’s see…
1. I went hiking! I havent been hiking a lot this summer because of the incredibly bad weather, but in october we had a couple of nice weeks (read: blue skies but really cold). So I finally had a chance to hike Ingólfsfjall, which is a mountain near Selfoss. It was on my to-do list since I arrived, because you can see the mountain from Sólheimar. So now I think I hiked all mountains you can see from here! Trust me, the mountain is higher than it looks on te picture :) But it was still an easy hike and we had a nice view over Selfoss.
Ingólfsfjall as seen from Hestfjall (another mountain nearby)
2. Halloween. I don’t usually celebrate it (it’s not that popular in Europe) but we had an American student group here and they organised a Halloween party. It was mainly us foreigners and the disabled people but it was fun, and some of the costumes were really good! I went as a mummy, but looked more like someone who walked out of the hospital.
3. I went to the Iceland Airwaves festival (again). Like last year, I didn’t buy a ticket because there are lots of free shows during the day. And I only went for one afternoon because I didn’t want to take days off for it, and I already saw some of the same bands last year. But it was still nice because we met practically all other EVS volunteers in Reykjavik. And we went to Valdimar, which is seriously one of the most talented musicians in Iceland.
4. I went to Akureyri!!! It was time again for a visit to my favorite town in Iceland. I was there last in September, but still it felt like a long time :) I went for one week to help a bit at the farm and enjoyed it a LOT! Marianna, who I was working with last year, was there as well for a visit so it was like we had never left the farm. And the dog had super cute puppies! And we also went for a visit to myvatn and dettifoss, which is incredibly beautiful in winter with all the ice! I’m sure I will go to Akureyri again before I leave Iceland..
The path next to dettifoss…
Godafoss in winter
5. There was some kind of convention about Europe last friday, where all European organisations and projects came together to celebrate the end of a 20year long program. And we went there as well to tell people about European Voluntary Service and Sólheimar. We had made this really nice stand with a lot of cakes from our bakery and stuff from the art workshops and plants and fresh made tea and a movie and all that. It took us some time to organise it but I think it was a success :)
6. After the convention we stayed in Reykjavik for the night and rented a car on saturday to go all the way to Jökulsárlón (which is an almost 400km drive). And of course we had to stop at Seljalandfoss, Skógafoss and Vík on the way, so it was already getting dark by the time we go to the lake (sunset is around 4pm now). But the weather was beautiful and we saw an amazing sunrise and sunset and had fun. We drove back to Vík afterwards and on sunday we went to a cave near Hveragerdi.
Sunrise at 10am
The cave near Hveragerdi
Those are the most important things I did last months (or at least the things I remember and have pictures of…). These days I’m spending my evenings knitting and talking. It’s getting really dark now and I don’t really feel like going out at all, so we just all stay inside. We are preparing Sólheimar for Christmass already. All the houses have lights, we have some christmas trees in the village and we even have one in our house, and all those little lights really help to survive winter :) I’m looking forward to christmas because it will be a really nice atmosphere in our house.
However, christmass also means I will be leaving soon and that’s something I don’t want to think about yet!