december 22

I'm writing to you later than usual today because today is the day I travel home.  Right now I'm sitting at the airport (one of the most lovely ever) and waiting for my flight, which is currently delayed two hours.  My guess is that we are delayed due to a huge storm coming our way but who knows really.  I hear roads north and south of here (exactly where I was traveling last week at this time) are closing.

But I'm sure I'll make it out of here.... if not poorer because this well styled airport has a lot to resist.  I'm totally chilling with some beet, carrot, and ginger juice for exactly 1 gajillion krona.  And I am surprised I'm not being accosted with Christmas music, although when I transferred buses at the bus terminal, they had little girls caroling as you moved through the (not so big) building.  Kinda cute- and they were decked out in their Reykjavik Excursions sweaters (jumpers) so we didn't question who sponsored them or where they came from.  

The airport is about an hour from the city.  You cross through desolate lava fields which are pretty cool- today they were snow covered, as we have been getting a good amount of snow over the past few days.  It makes the city all the more charming.  

someone surprised me with a secret santa gift.  they made the best card ever!

someone surprised me with a secret santa gift.  they made the best card ever!

Yesterday, I went downtown one last time finished up christmas shopping, finally had a famous Icelandic hot dog (because apparently it's what one should do while in Reykjavik) and after spilling weird sweet Icelandic hot sauce into my hair, I when and sat in my favorite coffee shop with my cappuccino (sprinkled with chocolate pieces) and lavender shortbread.  I also ran into the grocery store one last time to prove I am brave (not really- I was buying chocolates for my housemates).  I'd like to report that in the end, I maneuvered the store like a pro- so much that they started to speak Icelandic to me first rather than just jumping to English like the stupid American I am.  

So not to bore you with the details, after finishing up with the day and vowing to get a good night's sleep, I turned in early.  I was interrupted though by my housemates so I checked out the hullabaloo and came to find that the Northern Lights were putting on quite a show last night.  After pulling myself together and fussing with my camera, I went out and took some photos.  It was impressive last night, but being without a larger tripod and with my hair wet from the shower, I ended up shivering so much that I had to go in.  Regardless, what a way to go out!  

not the most magnificent view of the evening, but the clearest photo I took

not the most magnificent view of the evening, but the clearest photo I took

The holidays are here and of course, I'm going to take some time to celebrate, but there is also a lot to reflect on, which I hope to do in the next few weeks.  I will blog so I hope you wish to follow me however I don't think it will be on a daily basis (maybe weekly).

For now, I bid my housemates, fellow artists, and friends adieu.  For more information on them (not everyone have websites but I did what I could to find an online presence on them),
Annie Johansson
anniejohansson.com

Anthony Plasse

Erik DeLuca
erikdeluca.com

Kirsty Palmer
gsamfa.com/2014/kirsty_palmer.php

Lizzie Thomson
lizziethomson.com

Mafune Gonjo
mafunegonjo.com

Matt Kruback
mattkruback.com

Michał Korchowiec

Minkyou Yoo

Rolina Nell
rolinanell.nl