The 34th country on my personal list. And the 12th on our couple list (in 2 years of marriage). It was a very short side trip (3 days 2 nights) from Paris but still meaningful enough to make for solid memories. In lieu of gifts for our wedding anniversary and Christmas this year, we decided to save up for this bucket list trip instead and I’m so glad we did! This trip definitely trumps any piece of jewelry, designer bag, gadget, or any other luxury item by a mile! I love stuff, hehehe, but more than things..I love experiences more. 🙂
Iceland is the kind of place you just sort of revel in. It’s other-wordly and ethereal, it’s hard to make a proper comparison with other countries because it is so uniquely its own. For the gents, it’s like being stuck in an elevator with a really, really, really beautiful woman. You just want to stand in her presence and just watch her (not in a crazy stalker way of course!). You know she’ll never be yours, but you’re fine with just 2 minutes in the same space. You don’t want to bother her with small talk, because beautiful girls should never be bothered, only worshipped from a distance. That’s exactly how I felt about Iceland. It felt completely detached from everything I knew, everything that was familiar to me, it felt absolutely foreign and I was happy just being a spectator soaking it all in. Hahaha, I don’t know if I’m even making sense!!! Basta, ganun!!!
AND YES. I was about 12 weeks pregnant when Patrick and I traveled to Reykjavik, Iceland back in December. So this was not only a Christmas gift but our little babymoon too! Before I get all the mommies in the house riled up in here, I just want to assure you that I got clearance from my OB Gyne before this trip and took all the necessary precautions for the safety of our baby. Just making sure I don’t get any unsolicited advice/comments on my feed, so I pray you’ll be kind. First time mommies need a ton of encouragement and not lectures please…hihihihi, peace! 🙂 🙂 I had a relatively smooth first trimester so the trip was fairly manageable. Normally I’m a go-go-go kind of person but I forced myself to take it slow this time. I walked at a glacial pace (bagay naman dahil maraming glaciers sa Iceland!), took mandatory breaks to sit and rest, kept myself hydrated and well fed, and drank all my meds on time. And of course, my doting husband took good care of me. He did all the heavy lifting and akay-akay to make sure I didn’t slip on the ice. It was like he had a senior citizen with him on holiday! Hahaha! 🙂
Patrick and I had such a wonderful time marveling at God’s workmanship. It’s amazing how travel can also be a way to connect to the LORD even more. I was completely in awe of HIS creation through this trip and I just felt incredibly blessed to be able to experience all this with my husband. To go on a crazy adventure and do something completely off the charts, just us two before the baby arrives. I didn’t get to take as many photos as I would have hoped because 1) my movements were limited (I just wanted to be extra careful with ze bebe) 2) they had barely 4 hours of sun each day with the sun rising at 11:30AM and setting at 3:45PM so it’s practically blanketed in darkness during the winter 3) also because it was friggin’ COLD maaaaan! It was physically impossible to take proper photos! The “best” weather we got was at 0 degrees and it reached negative 6 degrees at some point, so our hands were practically icicles! My fingers could barely function, I couldn’t even properly click the buttons on my camera!!! Just taking off my gloves proved to be a true test of strength and determination! Now I could totally relate to John Snow and the Wildlings in GAME OF THRONES..kaya pala ang dami nilang rage!!! Ang lamig naman kasi, tsong!!!! Winter is coming—and is here to stay. Hahahaha! (In case you didn’t know, this is where they film GOT)
I’m hoping Patrick’s video (coming soon!) will do more justice to the majesty and splendor of Iceland because he was more patient with the cold.. You’ll also get a little glimpse of the Northern Lights in the video too! Wee! Buti nalang matiyaga ang asawa ko, his videos are really the best time capsules! Here’s a random collection of all our Iceland photos from our quick 3 day trip (from my Smart iPhone6 and Lumix GM1). Oh and we were thrilled to also spend some time with sweet couple, Rea and Bryan (Pinoys in Iceland!!! Yeah boy!).
PS, before I end this post..I just have to mention this. Thank goodness for our COLUMBIA gloves and thermal boots that kept us warm. They were our lifesavers!!! We would’ve froze to death without the proper thermal gear. I highly recommend investing in good thermal clothing, footwear and gloves if you’re traveling to 0 degree weather. There are a lot of really stylish boots in the market, but if you’re braving the snow and bitter cold—you have to go for heavy duty, waterproof thermal wear. We got ours from COLUMBIA in Shangri-la Mall.