Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Last Month: Visitors from Afar

What a terrible job I am doing of keeping this thing updated. I can only blame the continuing fabulous weather, friends stopping by to say hello, and traveling. Which is all to mean that I'm having way too much fun to be distracted by my computer.

So after arriving back from the wilds of Svalbard, I had only a week and a half before hopping on a plane to Iceland. Waiting for me there in the middle of the Atlantic were my two of my favorite people in the world. We had a wonderful, whirlwind weekend of Reykjavik fun, complete with running a 10k in the mist of the North Atlantic, visiting the local public pool to soak with the locals, celebrating culture night around town, and finally stopping by the famous Blue Lagoon on our way to the airport. Despite the Blue Lagoon being very tourist-oriented, it is absolutely a must experience for Iceland - the whole experience was absolutely perfect!

Inside the Reykjavik Concert House

Journey to the Sun Sculpture 

Reykjavik Cathedral

Panorama of Blue Lagoon

Amazing Landscape around Blue Lagoon

After Iceland, we came back to Oslo for a week of vacationing, both for me and my friends. We did the Norway in a Nutshell, a day in Bergen (they stayed one more) and then back to Oslo to celebrate together a mini college reunion/pirate-themed birthday party.

It was sad seeing them go, but I didn't have too much time to be down, because just a couple days later a couple more of my favorite people arrived from Washington, DC. While my vacation was over, it was still wonderful to come home to dinners cooked by my friends, catch up on life, and of course participate in a secret marriage proposal plot (she said yes :-)).

A Pirate Birthday Party
Now, halfway through September the pace at work is going up, up, and up and the weather is slowly but surely going into fall/winter mode. This really has been the most amazing summer, so while it's sad to see it go, I know that I couldn't have asked for a better introduction to Norwegian summers and am looking forward to the season that truly defines this wonderful place.

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