Photos of North Iceland Posted and Homeward Bound

Tomorrow morning I fly out insanely early, before the first rays of the day caress the frosted grass. It’s the long-haul flight home to Portland, Oregon. I am always impatient on the trip home. Itching to pack, to check in, to whisk through security and board the plane. High above the tic-tac-toe fields of the Midwest, I urge the pilots – just a little faster! Or I distract myself with books, trying to ignore the closed in humanity and pretend I am just sitting at home on a lazy Saturday morning with my coffee. That trick isn’t actually a trick – always a complete failure. I just want to step off the plane into home.

It’s the quickest flash-in-the-pan trip to Portland I have ever done. Few things will entice me to spend so much money for such a short stay and my childhood best friend’s wedding is one such monumental event. So once again I find myself slinging clothes into the suitcase and striding off into the horizon. Home to a side order of wet and rainy, if the weather report is accurate. And in Portland, wet and rainy is a sure bet this time of year. Bring on the puddle jumping and mist in my face!

Before I leave, I managed to compile one more slide show of photos from Iceland, this time from the northern region. So enjoy the city of Akureyri and whale watching in Husavik while I’m gone. I cannot promise any dispatches from the City of Roses, but I will try. Until then, click on the link to view the slide show.

North Iceland


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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