Sitting here in the lobby of Fosshotel Baron, checked out and bags packed, it’s hard for me to take in the full scope of this trip. So much happened in just 7 short days, which in reality were some of the longest of my life, averaging about 3 solid hours of sleep each night. I don’t even know where to begin.
I don’t think I’ll ever forget waking up everyday and looking out my window to see the beautiful snow covered peaks of Mount Esja across the bay. I hope I’ll never lose the great nights out and the amazing feeling of being able to cut a line that stretched around the block, all due to some silly blue wristband with the word “press” printed on it. But the one thing I know will stay with me forever are the amazing people I was so lucky to share this experience with.
Honestly this has been the most insane week of my life. I can’t even begin to express how I feel right now, but I don’t know that it will ever be duplicated.
Last night was my absolute favorite moment of the trip. We were able to see the Northern Lights, or the Aurora Borealis. It was difficult to see with the naked eye, however when I looked through the lens of my camera and took a photo, the sky lit up with shades of green dancing among the stars.
Now, not to get all emotional or metaphoric, but this trip is kind of like that experience. We all came here not really knowing what to expect. I don’t want to speak for the whole class, but at least for me, it didn’t actually hit me that I was going to Iceland until we landed on this island. In my eyes, what we were about to experience was just a fantasy and a dream. Now that it is over I can see clearly and as much as I want to stay here forever, I know it is time to move on and keep going. Another adventure awaits me and I can’t wait.
Long nights with late night deadlines plus a relentless itinerary, all things that cumulate to make for a beneficial learning experience, translated through understanding working in the media field. This perspective could lend itself to putting in the best work possible on the most challenging schedule possible, an unknown element of a class focused on portfolio expansion. Translating the stress of no sleep and meeting blog deadlines, the covering international festivals course definitely showcased real world journalistic scenarios of working under pressure in a foreign land.