Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce

Coming back to the city after an awesome episode of traveling is always an adjustment. I came back from mild and breezy Iceland earlier this summer and stepped right into the searing heat of New York City. Despite the humid and claustrophobic subway platforms and the distinctive sidewalk scent of garbage day in July, there … Continue reading Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce

Exploring Iceland– Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Home Bound

It was hard to believe that this morning would be the last one where I would wake up in Iceland. We got up early to make the 3-hour drive to the airport for our evening flight, with plans to circle the Snæfellsnes Peninsula on the way. Stykkisholmur was breathtakingly quiet when we left the house. … Continue reading Exploring Iceland– Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Home Bound

Exploring Iceland—Whale Watching and Midnight Sun in Akureyri

I woke up so content with my little room on the farm. I ached to stay. The world felt so much easier to manage from a place like that. We strolled down to the host kitchen for breakfast, where the host’s cousin (Alma) met us again. She sat and chatted over breakfast—a nice spread of … Continue reading Exploring Iceland—Whale Watching and Midnight Sun in Akureyri

Exploring Iceland—From Eastern Coastline to Northern Country

When I woke up in the morning, it was to the bracing sound of a rooster going “Cockadoodle-do!” I thought it was a ringtone I had accidentally set on my cellphone. But after the 3rd and 4th round, I realized that there must be an actual rooster somewhere within earshot of my window. Just when … Continue reading Exploring Iceland—From Eastern Coastline to Northern Country

Exploring Iceland—Rural East to Seydisfjordur

The next morning, we got up early excited to get started on our drive up the eastern side of Iceland, a supposedly more rural and less populated stretch of the country. We chatted briefly with our Airbnb co-guests about our travel routes, a group of young French boys who were ambitiously cooking both breakfast for … Continue reading Exploring Iceland—Rural East to Seydisfjordur

Exploring Iceland—South Iceland to Hofn

I woke up in the morning to the sound of birds chirping and the family dog sleeping outside my window. It was so incredibly serene and secretive out there. We crept out of our room and went to grab some free breakfast in the host’s kitchen (toast, coffee and cereal). Baby sheep trotted inside a … Continue reading Exploring Iceland—South Iceland to Hofn

Exploring Iceland—South to Hvolsvollur

The next morning, we bid goodbye to our awesome apartment and set off to tackle (part of) the Golden Circle—a series of intriguing natural sights like craters and geysers—and end in our Airbnb for the night just south of Hvolsvollur. We grabbed some Skyr yogurts for the road (Islandic creamy yogurt similar to Greek yogurt) … Continue reading Exploring Iceland—South to Hvolsvollur

Exploring Iceland—Blue Lagoon and Reykjavik Night #2

We had a super important plan for today—bathing the day away at the Blue Lagoon geothermal hot pools. Blue Lagoon has become somewhat of a tourist mecca, and probably pales in comparison to the dozens of natural hot springs that are sprinkled throughout the country. Despite this, we wanted to give it a shot and … Continue reading Exploring Iceland—Blue Lagoon and Reykjavik Night #2

Exploring Iceland—Reykjavik Bound

Iceland has been on Katie’s and my bucket list for a long time. We are road trip fiends and suckers for mountain views, so it was essentially a given. It has been a little hard to get excited for the trip though over the past week, with the gut-wrenching and highly personal tragedy that occurred … Continue reading Exploring Iceland—Reykjavik Bound