I love it when I can remain current on this blog. But man, that is HARD sometimes. The last few weeks have been all about seeing friends and wrapping up our lives in America.
And this morning after a night flight, we landed in Iceland!! I am writing you now from our hotel room in Reykjavik.
This first day here has been AMAZING. I love this place so much. I could actually turn around and leave now without even spending the night and say that even just one day here was worth it!
From the airport, just as the sun was coming up, we drove straight to The Blue Lagoon. I was blown away when I saw this foggy, blue mist in the distance, all amid green moss covered lava rock as far as you could see in every direction.
We couldn't believe it when we finally saw the cloudy blue water on the side of the road.
And then we parked (first ones there!) and walked down a lava path, like we were walking towards a star ship or something. :)
And then… THIS:
We soaked in the perfectly hot water, steam bathed, covered our bodies in silica mineral clay, sat several times in the sauna, chatted it up with people from all over the world, and showered naked with all the Europeans (it's actually a requirement of the spa- and I embraced it. Why not. I've come a long way from my 7th grade gym days when I wouldn't have dreamed of doing that! :)
The place is IMMACULATE and every detail and fixture is so, so Scandinavian, which in my mind means it's all really, really nice to look at. They really do know their design and I think it's safe to say it's my favorite kind.
A Few Blue Lagoon Tips If You Visit:
1. Take Off Your Metal Jewelry as the minerals can discolor it.
2. Put Loads and Loads of Conditioner On Your Hair before and afterwards as the minerals can make your hair very coarse. Or wear a shower cap. The minerals can also damage your highlights/color.
3. Do Not Miss the Amazingly Designed Lounge Chairs upstairs in the "Relaxing Area." I want one of those chairs in the worst way!! They were genius and put every other pool or patio chair to shame.
4. Bring Your Own Towel and Flip Flops if you'd like to save a little money.
5. Float Around to Find the "Hottest Water" Areas. So, so nice. I guess I love my hot water.
6. Take a Water Bottle or Use a Free Plastic Cup From the Cafe and fill it up with the delicious spring water from their drinking fountains. You will desperately need water in the sauna & steam room.
Later tonight we went to our speaking engagement and dinner in Reykjavik. We talked about one of our favorite topics: Choosing Happiness. Danny and I know this message so well that luckily, at this point, we don't need to prepare. We find it's usually best, anyway, when we just speak from the heart. And that happened. We're so grateful. I never take it for granted and feel SO grateful each and every time. But the best part was meeting such an amazing group of Icelandic people. They were SOO welcoming and warm, so charming and kind. Afterwards we chatted with them all 'til late in the night and could have chatted even more. They all have amazing stories to tell and it was wonderful to just be united with them in trying to live the best lives that we can.
AND! We met these two lovely ladies who came because of the blog. We're so glad they came!!! It was such a highlight to meet them. We were blown away by their kindness and also just felt so connected with them. Anyone who reads our blog becomes a fast friend when we meet them in person. It's so beautiful how that works out.
And then, late, late tonight, we saw the Northern Lights!!!!! Danny and I drove slightly out of town and sure enough, Danny spotted them in his rear view mirror. We parked the car and watched the lights move and change. Danny did his best to capture them on camera, though was super bummed he forgot his tripod.
See what I mean? It has been the most perfect day.
Sending love to you all,
P.S. If you'd like to see, we'll be sharing more tidbits from our Scandinavian journey on Twitter. The latest: We also got asked to speak in COPENHAGEN and OSLO, too!! Dates are getting worked out. We're super excited!