I am a girl who lives to travel. I love exploring far away and near new locales just as much as I love tried and true weekend jaunts to places that feel like home. No matter the destination, I'm all about making memories to last a lifetime and learning along the way!
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Charleston may be one of my favorite weekend get a ways. Just 4 short hours (or about 6 jammin' cds... yes I still rock the cds) from Raleigh, if I am packed and ready to go when I get off work at 2 on Friday, to be sure a cocktail is waiting for me when I arrive at 6!I've been weekending in Charleston for several years now. I've got a solid group of friends who have never not shown me an awesome time. There is just something about that city that makes you not want to leave on Sunday... Maybe because Sunday Funday is always in full force. Even if just sitting on a porch, swinging and sipping vino, holding new born babies- it's just better when doing it there.
The streets are cobblestone. The beaches are beautiful. The Bars are filled to the rim. The rickshaws are lining the street. The resaturates are probably some of the best in the entire United States of America (sounds a lot more aggressive when you spell it out, doesn't it!?).
It is a place where you can relax, party, explore, people watch, dance, lounge, walk, bike, photograph all in the same day. It is a place that draws you in. It is a place where Southern hospitality is proven to still exist. It is a place that has been here since 1670. It is a place where church steeples dominate the skyline. It is a place that stretches the mid vowel unlike any other locale in the South. It is a place that can say they had the first Southern Baptist Church in existence. It is a place that has numerous fashion, food, and culture festivals throughout the year. It is a place of inspiration.
Over the past couple of years Scandinavia has been on my mind. This area of the globe is known to be the some most expensive parts of our world. When I would doubt the trip, I would remind myself "you can't take the money with you" and pretty much just said F it and booked it 3 months out. One of my best gals, Allie, decided to come along! We spent 13 days exploring, spending money we didn't really have, laughing,learning, navigating and negotiating the unknown, oohing and ahhhhhhhhing, riding bikes, walking + hiking miles upon miles, eating, shopping and being extremely thankful for the most wonderful weather.
Allie and I are like sisters, we bicker then hug (or sometimes cry) and move right along. Our traveling styles are very different but that is what makes a trip like this fun. We learned alot about one another and ourselves. We took time / space when we needed it and we pushed each other out of our comfort zones. It was because of these things we grew in ours…
Let me start by stating: GET TO ICELAND!
Ok, now that we got that minor demand out of the way, I'll tell you about my 5 solo days in my new favorite country. Thank you Vikings for coming to this land from Norway in the 800s and putting it on the map.
I arrived in Keflavik at 5:30 am. I wandered around until I could finally read the map on how to get to the car rental place and found Go Iceland Rentals. There was some miscommunication on when I would pick up my car, so the car I reserved was not readily available unless I waited 6 hours. Not having time to waste, I agreed to whatever 4x4 car they had to give me. Big mistake. Before I could get out the lot, the car just stopped, as I was in idle mode, again trying to read a map to my first destination. I went to get the gentleman who was helping me, however he told me I wasn't driving the car properly. Being that I had been up since 10 am Friday, plus 4 hours (time change), I thought "well maybe I did do someth…