Monthly Archives: May 2012

Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.

Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.

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We had to say goodbye to many people we love in United States before starting our trip.

We decided to not tell our parents about the trip until we were completely serious and set on going for it, which we realized we actually were before too long. Next, we decided that it would be best to tell them in person, which means we would have to travel to Ohio where both sides of the family live. Knowing my parents, I knew they wouldn’t exactly be thrilled about this plan.

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What’s a girl to pack for an Around the World trip?

What’s a girl to pack for an Around the World trip?

How do you pack for something like this? Especially as a girl…I will be saying goodbye to some of my most prized possessions for a long time such as purses, boots, skirts, high heels, most jewelry and my collection of perfumes. It won’t be easy but it’s part of the experience: stripping away all the luxurious things that don’t truly make one happy and striving to live a simple life without the pursuit for materialistic joys that only clutter our lives.

So what went into my backpack (other than memories)?

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Golden Circle

Golden Circle

We arrived in Reykjavik, Iceland from the airport around 8 in the morning (our first destination), which turned out to be just a bit too late to meet up with our host. We were running on little sleep and worried about what to do with our bags. As we were deciding what to do, we encountered our first experience with the kindness of travelers. A man came up to us as we were discussing our gameplan. He had just surfed with the same host. He offered to give us a ride to city center – what a nice gesture! We learned that he and his travel buddy were from Philadelphia and exploring Iceland for three days. They sent us off with some recommendations. We chose to do a bus tour of the Golden Circle. As it turns out, we were able to leave our bags in the excursion company’s luggage room and spend a few hours touring the city. At the end of the tour, we were dropped off at a hotel directly across the street from our host. If you ever get the chance to come visit Iceland you should take the time to make the ~270km trek… What a beautiful place! Check out more photos of the tour on our Flickr page. The rift between the North American & Eurasian tectonic plates near Thingvellir National Park: 20120511-182428.jpg

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