Summertime is not the right time for blogging – summertime is meant to be spent outside in nature, exploring our wonderful planet and its sublime surfaces. So I decided to take a little break from my computer which turned out to become a digital detox at its best. My wonderful travel partner Óskar and I have already spent some lovely weeks in the Icelandic countryside (sneak & preview), and there’s still so much more to come.
New Blog Address @katarinatordis
So but why a new domain and a fresh new start under a different pen?
As some of you’ve already noticed, I recently changed the name of my blog site and my social channels. The whole thing happened entirely quietly, but feels so well and right! Instead of displaying my last name, I decided to go for the second given name Tordis to label my online presence from now on (I actually have three first names in my passport, but… that’s to be kept a secret). This allows me a little more offline privacy since there’s been some misusing of my personal data lately, unfortunately. As everyone knows, the internet and blogosphere can be a shark pool at times. So it happened that there was a fake blog under my whole name all of a sudden, and some other things happened, too. But who needs last names anyway? I’ve always felt way more personal and ‘real’ when only being referred to by given names. So I hope, you’ll find your way on my new blog page, too, without too much confusion all around it!
Out of the Capital Area
But let’s get back to Iceland and summer and love and sublime views of landscapes that I’ll most definitely never forget! Óskar and I haven’t been traveling as much around the island before as it sounded always quite ‘touristy’ and cliché to us. So we mostly stayed around the capital area for years, without even knowing what kind of hidden gems were awaiting us all around the country. Of course, the increasing number of tourists is a really big issue in Iceland. So many wonderful cultural sites vanish in order to build new, big and ugly hotels. English has become the common language at many sites, since people who speak Icelandic start to become a minority around the miracles of nature that get overrun by tourist busses every single day. Iceland is not the same anymore as 5 years ago. The masses of tourism take more and more over, and that gives me lots of food for thought. By the way: Icelandic is, to my mind, the most beautifully complex language of the world that still exists.
Still, I’m more than happy that Óskar and I finally accepted the challenge of a hringferð (round trip) around the beautiful island of Iceland together. I’m not exaggerating by saying that this has been the most wonderful and adventurous summer I’ve ever had. And summer is not over yet, for sure.
Black beaches and lava fields are probably my favourite place to be. I love the vast and barren look, the sublime atmosphere and the feeling of facing endless horizons. When it comes to flowers, the beauty of lupines always leaves me speechless, too. Their blueish-purple colour suits the black and rocky surrounding so well.
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