Many people gave me confused looks when I said I was going to Iceland in the winter. I was asked many questions, but the main one was probably
But isn’t it COLD?
…especially when I mentioned that I was looking forward to visiting the famous Blue Lagoon.
The Blue Lagoon in Iceland
Posted in Iceland, Planning, Travel
Tagged bathing, blue lagoon, cold, hot, hot pool, iceland, lagoon, pool, season, temperature, travel, weather, winter
You know how much I enjoyed my stay in Iceland, and you saw the photos. Whoever visits Iceland will be impressed by the landscape, the incredible nature, and the Northern Lights if he’s lucky.
But for me, there were other maybe small things, or not relevant to someone else, that really made me feel extra comfortable and love the place even more. I wrote a list, and came up with 15 extra reasons why Iceland is so great for me.
- It’s gay friendly.
If you know me, you know that I am a huge advocate for gay rights, and that I get very mad whenever I witness episodes of homophobia (yes I often have a hard time in Egypt). No, I’m not gay (rolls eyes) but does it even matter?
Iceland is an openly gay friendly place. Being gay in Iceland is not even something that people notice. It’s just what it’s supposed to be. And I was so happy to see this!
Iceland had the first openly lesbian prime minister, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, and gay marriage was legalized in 2010. So yeah, this country is thatcool!
Laugavegur, the main street of Reykjavik, with the rainbow flags
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It may sound very obvious, but for me it’s very true. I never appreciated the beauty of the place I come from, until I started traveling, and then I came back.
I was born in Santa Margherita Ligure, in the Italian Riviera. For me, the colors of the houses, the blue/green-ish sea just in front, the hills all around as a frame to the landscape, were always normal. I grew up in a colorful, pretty, clean place, and always took it for granted.
The typical colorful facades of the area
Posted in Italy, Memories, Photography, Travel
Tagged camogli, Italian Riviera, italy, paraggi, photo, Photography, portofino, riviera, sea, travel
I’ve been in Egypt for more than a month now, and many people asked me to update them with first hand news about the situation here, especially concerning travel safety and political (in)stability.
I left Egypt around 7 months ago, and came back on April, to find some differences, both good and bad.
Honestly I don’t even know where to start, but I will try and give you an idea of the state of things, and how this can possibly affect your travels.
Cairo Citadel – always beautiful
Posted in Egypt, Planning, Travel
Tagged danger, demonstrations, Egypt, muslim brotherhood, protests, revolution, safe, safety, sexual harassment, sinai, tips, travel
We are going through a period of very intense solar activity, which means beautiful Northern Lights displays. And since I know seeing them is on many people’s bucket lists, I want to encourage you to go by the end of this year!
The peak of solar activity will be on next autumn, but there’s also time until April or so if you’re up for a last minute trip. Otherwise, wait until September at least to go hunting them. The “Northern Lights Season” is roughly from September to April, even if I’ve heard about beautiful displays in August too, but this is more like an exception.
The Northern Lights dancing above my head
Posted in Astronomy, Iceland, Photography, Planning, Travel
Tagged aurora, aurora borealis, auroras, bjork park, golf course, grotta, iceland, night, northern lights, Photography, reykjavik, sky, thingvellir, travel
So you’re planning your trip to Iceland, but you’re not sure how to move around the island? Here are the answers you are looking for, with all the info you need on transportation in Iceland, according to seasons.
Transportation in Iceland
Posted in Iceland, Planning, Travel
Tagged bus, car, car rental, carpooling, flight, hitchhiking, iceland, plane, transportation, travel
Every time I’m asked “how was your trip to Iceland?” I always reply “Perfect!” – and one of the main reasons I say so is the kind of accommodation I opted for.
The first building where I slept in Reykjavik. Cuddly dog Rosa waiting for me