Gdansk Guide Posted & Countdown to Iceland Begins

I have rounded off my guide to Poland with a new city guide for Gdansk, a little-visited city on the Baltic coast of Poland that was one of my favorite discoveries of my journey through Eastern Europe. The new guide is posted, and I will begin to focus my writing attention on the Czech Republic.

In the meantime, I am 4 months out from flying to Iceland and Greenland, and as the weather sort of warms up (it’s been a strange spring in Wisconsin – snowstorms one day, severe tornadoes and thunderstorms the next), I have been lacing up my neglected athletic shoes and hitting the pavement. My goal is to be ready for up to 9 kilometers of hiking/walking a day by the time I land in Reykjavik. I have found walking to be the best therapy for my sore, fatigued muscles, so while the first week of exercise after a winter’s relative inactivity is painful, I have stubbornly pushed through and begun to limber up. I am packing as much walking as possible into my daily activities. For instance, today I have to go to the bank, so instead of driving there, I’m walking the 40 minute round-trip.

I have also been stretching my intellectual muscles in preparation, with language lessons in the old tongue of the Vikings (Icelandic is remarkably unchanged from the Golden Age of the Norse) and bedtime readings of the Icelandic Sagas, full of drama, adventure and betrayal centered around the old haunts of the Norse (Iceland, Norway, Greenland, and Denmark.) In a few months time I will be standing in the exact places these events took place, preserved for memory in the dusty old vellum pages of some of Europe’s greatest medieval literary treasures.

So now to slip on my walking shoes – 4 months and counting to get in shape!


About chronictraveler

Chronic Traveler starts as a dream, one that I thought I had lost, but that has slowly changed into a mission to realize and live that dream every day. In December 2007 I became seriously ill and the doctors did not know what was causing my illness. I had to stop teaching as my life tumbled into a never-ending nightmare of doctors, hospitals and tests. Finally, in May 2008 I was diagnosed with a chronic condition - fibromyalgia. I was only 26 years old at the time. I have had to give up teaching, and now work part-time at a performing arts center as I learn how to manage my condition and improve my quality of life. What helped me through the months of uncertainty and sickness, and continues to inspire me, was a new focus on what truly mattered to me: family, friends, gardening, the arts, and especially travel. I have always fed my soul by traveling, ever since I first stepped off the plane at age 16 in Kathmandu, Nepal to help with an orphanage's building project. Meeting new people and experiencing how they live and how they view the world infuses my life with a richness I was so afraid I would lose when the doctor first said, "You have fibromyalgia". This blog is my story, as I begin to forge a new path. I am embracing my life as it is, with the fibromyalgia pain and fatigue, and learning to do what I love regardless. It may mean I have to go slower and take more naps or breaks! But I am determined to learn how to travel and experience the world, and hopefully what I learn will help others like me who believe their medical condition stands in the way of their travel dreams.
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