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January 16, 2019

Iceland – Part One

This summer, July 2018, I got to attend the Reset To Rise Workshop in Iceland. I had seen photographers that I really loved posting about this workshop they were hosting in Iceland. I joked with my husband about going and he (as always) told me that if I wanted to do it, just to do it. He’s supportive as heck, and I love him so much. Warning guys: this is going to be a looooong post.

July 14, 2018 –  Day One

I boarded a plane, alone, for my very first international trip. I was super nervous, but oh so excited for the adventure that was ahead of me. After a nine hour flight, I landed in Iceland at 6:45am took a bus to Reykjavik and walked to my Airbnb. Then I spent the rest of the day exploring with my new (formerly stranger from the internet) friend Allison. My favorite way to tell my family about going to the workshop was to say, “Yeah, I’m meeting up with a bunch of strangers from the internet in a foreign country to photograph other strangers from the internet.” Just cause I think it’s funny.

We had (an early) breakfast at a cute little cafe, Snaps Bistro, and then jumped in the car to drive to the Snæfellsnes peninsula. We got to see Kirjkufell, The Búðir Church, and so much more. The weather was back and forth between a mist and raining all day, and I may or may not have almost killed my Sigma 35mm lens because it’s not water sealed. (Fear not it survived.) Everything was beautiful and I’m obsessed with it all.

July 16, 2018 – Day Two

I started the morning off at a local coffee shop editing photos from the day before and jamming out to my Mellow Yellow playlist on Spotify. I, at some point, looked up from my laptop and there was a baby in a stroller parked outside taking a nap. The mom was inside directly in front of me writing something for work and enjoying her coffee. I knew this was the local norm and I found it fascinating, so I chatted with her for a few minutes and got permission to take the below photo. She told me that she loves letting her little one sleep outside while she has a coffee and that it’s one of their oldest traditions that they still stick too.

Later, we headed out to check in at our cabin and start the gathering of workshop attendees. This cabin. HAS. A. LIVING ROOF. It’s gorgeous, warm, and so cozy. I met, and fed Icelandic horses. I, obviously, had to tell the horses hello everyday I was there. Duh.

That’s a wrap for day one and two, part two coming so soon!