The Last Day in Berlin – Museum Island then Iceland

On our last day in Berlin, we headed over to Museum Island, Berlin’s island …of museums. We got passes and walked through a few of the museums including a painting gallery, a sculpture gallery, and a history museum. Just like the Deutsch Museum in Munich, they were really informative. The history museum even went into the history of the museum itself. Apparently a bunch of artifacts were taken to Moscow by the soviets during their occupation of East Germany and Russia still has them. There were several exhibits that brought that fact up. I found it ironic considering the Germans were holding literally hundreds of Egyptian artifacts, but they never mentioned that in the museum.

Pizza and Packing

After an afternoon of hanging out in the museums, Nicole and I got a pizza to share and headed back to the AirBnB to pack. We loaded up our bags and took a tram to a bus to the airport. The whole trip took about an hour and reached the airport right at the 2 hour mark for our international flight. Nicole got us some food while I waited in line to check us in.

Flying to Iceland

Landing in Iceland
Landing in Iceland

The flight to Iceland was no problem. We took off on time and arrived a few hours later in Iceland. I actually slept most of the way. The new travel Austin was finally becoming accustomed to sleeping on long flights. It made the time go by much faster, but at the expense of missing airplane snacks. I made up for it by eating the rest of Nicole’s airplane sandwich when she fell asleep. [divider_flat]

Landing in Keflavik

My trusty yellow bag and a tiny blue shopping cart
My trusty yellow bag and a tiny blue shopping cart

Landing in Keflavik, Iceland’s largest airport, was a breeze, even at 1am. There was absolutely no security or anything, we just picked up our bags from the luggage carousel and walked out. No customs, no declaration forms, Iceland was just happy to have us. I loaded up my trusty yellow backpack into a tiny shopping cart and headed over to the car rental place. The guy I chatted with was really nice. He ended up giving us a free audio CD of the Golden Circle (more on that later) and another CD of Icelandic Folktales. [divider_flat]

Iceland's Keflavik Airport at 1am
Iceland’s Keflavik Airport at 1am

Finding our AirBnB

We got our keys and hopped into our rental car. I used the airport wifi to look up directions to our residence and then we departed. The trip was supposed to take only 45 minutes, but we ended up getting lost in Reykjavik. The trip took about twice as long and involved us stopping at a random house at 2am and almost knocking on the door before we realized we were in the wrong place. Luckily we figured it out and didn’t scare a random Icelandic couple with out late night intrusion. Eventually we found our AirBnB and our room inside the AirBnB. We got inside and brought our bags up to our room before passing out from an exceedingly long day.

Around the World in 22 Days.

Last week I reached my last 60 days of my teaching contract in Korea. Nicole and I have had a blast so far this year and we’re looking forward to teaching in Korea for another upcoming year. We’ve looked into several programs and decided to pursue a few programs in the southern provinces of South Korea. If all goes according to plan we’ll be teaching in Korean public school starting in mid August, and hopefully living together. We should know more around June. That gives both of us about 1.5 months of vacation between our two contracts ending and then starting up again.

Since we’re in charge of booking our own flights back to the United States, Nicole and I decided to plan a mini trip around the world on our way home visiting a few places that we’ve both been interested in and that are vaguely on our way back to America. My contract ends after Nicole’s so we’re going to wait until my contract ends at the end of June to begin our trip. I finish my contract Monday night. After work Nicole and I will pack up the last of our stuff and take a bus to Incheon airport.

All of these pages will link to my travel entries from my trip as I write them so stay tuned.

First Stop India

Taj Mahal

Our first stop will be New Delhi, India. We’re going to fly to out from Korea Tuesday morning and spend a week in India traveling around New Delhi. We’re looking forward to seeing lots of interesting temples and markets in India. We will also be visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra.

Next Up Germany

Neuschwanstein

The next stop on our trip is in Munich, Germany. I visited Germany a few years ago, but Nicole’s never been and she told me she was really interested in visiting. In Munich we’ll see famous beer halls and churches. We’ll also travel outside the city to see castles like Neuschwanstein.

After a few days, Nicole and I are taking a night train and checking out one of Germany’s most historic cities and also home to Germany’s capital: Berlin. We’ll hang out in Berlin for a few days and see the sites before taking a plane across Europe to…

Iceland

iceland

From Berlin, we’re traveling to Reykjavik, Iceland. Iceland is home to some incredible natural beauty. We’re going to see everything from lava caves, to geysers, and hot springs. Since Iceland is so far north, and we’re visiting in Summer, the sun will be up almost 24/7. The sun only sets for about five hours each night. Days last from 4am to 11pm and because “night” is so short, it never really gets dark. Those five hours of “sunset” really equate to about 3 hours of dawn/dusk and maybe an hour or two of true night.

Good Ole US of A

mt rushmore

Our final stop on the trip, before we return to our hometowns in Florida, will be in Boston. I’m going to spend the weekend in Boston visiting my friends Adam and Ali as well as my mom’s side of the family for a much deserved mini-reunion.