Visiting Iceland was like visiting in alien planet. Vast, barren, and mountainous from afar, it was unlike anything I’ve ever seen from up close. In some parts, the ground was just completely covered in moss and it felt like I was walking on a sponge. In others parts where the ground was littered with miles of volcanic rock, Iceland looked like the moon. Then there was the Northern Lights, the complete rainbow that loomed over Thursday, and most importantly, the Blue Lagoon. I’d never have thought I’d swim in a geothermal hot spring.
Iceland, what can I say.
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.
I’m not a radio major, and before this class, I had never recorded an interview or produced an audio piece. I figured I’d learn it as I went, and I was right–but our professor, Althea, was also right when she told us that we’d get much more out of this class than we could ever expect.
From stepping into one climate from another after a full day without sleep, only to keep the pattern going as we stumbled around Reykjavík with plum-circled eyes, to managing to conduct six back-to-back interviews in a two day period– I’m still in awe that we managed to get it all done, especially regarding the fact that all of us survived on sporadic hour-long sequences of naps in between Icelandic excursions and shows to cover.