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Iceland Airwaves Day Six (11/10)

Spending a week in Iceland has taught me a lot about the country and culture. I’ve learned that it’s acceptable to be indecisive about meal choices and no one will question you for standing in a hot dog line at 2 a.m. with a slice a pizza from around the corner. I’ve learned that if you stand close enough to the coast and weigh less than 200 pounds, you will be blown over. I’ve learned that eating a puffin is disgusting but whales are a delicacy. I’ve learned that just because a band doesn’t have commercial success or millions of roaring fans doesn’t mean their music doesn’t have the most genuinely crafted sound.

But I think the most important thing I learned is that forcing ten college students to collaborate on a radio documentary while sleep deprived and in a constant state of hungry is, oddly enough, the best experience one could ever ask for.

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Send Off From Iceland

It’s a strange feeling to go to a place that is almost the complete opposite of where you’ve come from and to not have a single feeling of culture shock. Reykjavik is landscaped by volcanoes and glaciers with lava fields, natural waterfalls, geysers and beautiful arctic coasts. It could not be more different than Chicago, but it felt like home right away. The Icelandic people all spoke English so impressively, and some of them didn’t even have accents. The food was incredible, and despite the several meat courses and delicacies, there was no disappointment for a vegetarian like me.

At our farewell dinner, while everyone else sampled exotic native foods like puffin and whale, I was given a beautiful display of grilled eggplant with a fresh tomato cucumber salsa to go on top. Even though the last meal was the highlight of our tastings, I was happy just to have a hot dog each night and more than obliging to wait in a line that wrapped around the block.

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Iceland Airwaves Day 6 (Reflection)

What can I say about my first time leaving the country? It’s really hard to put into words. Going to Iceland was by far one of the best experiences of my entire life. The food was so good, from the fresh seafood to the hot dogs. Oh, and I ate at least 12 of those hot dogs. The country was absolutely beautiful as well. Being able to see the Northern Lights our last night in Iceland was so special. It’s a once in a lifetime experience and it was worth every penny to go see them. The music was even better. I knew going in that CELL7 would be a good rapper but she blew me away with her two perfect performances. Of all the shows that I saw while I was in Iceland I definitely think that CELL7 could be the one to break into the music scene in the United States. But what really stands out to me about my first time leaving the country was the company I had with me.

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Seven days ago, 10 college students left as friends and are returning to Chicago as a family…

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