Day 4 brought on exploring the South Coast of Iceland, and it was just as beautiful as you would expect. We drove about 2 hours before we made any stops, but the entire route was full of scenery, from waterfalls to volcanic ash and Viking houses. The first stop we made was at a museum called Skógasafn, which is dedicated to preserving Viking artifacts. They have over 15,000 artifacts between the different buildings, and there are even Turf houses on the property that are set up to show you how the Vikings actually lived. The entire museum was awesome to see and I loved walking through the homes, learning about the culture. We spent about an hour there, but you could easily stay longer. The museum also has a cafe that serves really good soups; when we visited they had a lamb stew, minestrone, and a mushroom soup. For a bowl, it costs 1900 krona, which is about $20, but they all come with free refills. I had the lamb stew and the mushroom soup; both were delicious!
Days 2 and 3 have been wonderful in Iceland. My second day here started with getting from the hostel I was staying at to the hotel where I would meet my tour group. I got to the hotel after spending $30 on a cab that traveled 2 miles and asked the front desk to store my luggage. Once it was safe and sound, I walked around Reykjavik to see everything near the hotel. I loved the area… There were so many restaurants and museums, and it was right near the Old Harbor which is a really nice area. I found a place to have a nice breakfast, then headed back to the hotel where I ran into another girl who was on the tour.
Hey guys!! I am writing to you from beautiful Iceland this time around. This country is absolutely breathtaking and the people are so friendly. Everyone I have met so far has always had a smile while genuinely wanting to help me or know about what I have planned while here.
I headed to Prague after Birmingham and unfortunately I had less than 24 hours in Prague before I headed back home. I didn’t let that stop me from enjoying my time there though. When I arrived to Prague, it was already getting dark, and by the time I got to my hotel to drop off my luggage, it was completely dark. I decided to call a cab to go to The Charles Bridge and Old Towne since those are the main attractions to see in Prague. My driver dropped me off at the bridge, and I walked across it into Old Towne. The bridge was massive, and gorgeous. As you walk across it, there are statues to both the left and the right, and the views along the water are great as well.
After leaving Ireland, I headed to Birmingham, England to meet a family friend who has known my mom since before I was even born. When I arrived, we had planned to go to a pub, but I was pretty sick so we headed back to his house to call it a night. I had a cough throughout Ireland, but it seemed that as soon as I landed in Birmingham it got 10 times worse. I wasn’t going to let that slow me down at all, and the next day Adrian took me to Stratford. Stratford is the home of Shakespeare, where he was born, grew up, and eventually came back to settle down with his family. He is even buried in a church in Stratford.