Happy Thanks Giving!! So I haven’t made an update in awhile, and that is because I have been very busy with odd jobs while back in Ohio and also planning my next trip to Iceland!
That’s right, I’ll be heading to Iceland in December; freezing temperatures most of the time, six hours of daylight a day, nine days in total, and a rental car to road trip around pretty much the only road on the island. I plan to spend some time in hotels and in the mainland, but mostly I’ll be staying in hostels while adventuring around to the different national parks they have there! I am looking forward to experiencing the Northern Lights, the landscape, the culture, and the cuisine!
All my clothes are super warm and I feel like I’m going to be fully prepared to take on this adventure! So far I have bought a lot of cold weather gear, you can check out what I’ve bought so far below;
Some interesting things I’ve learned so far, Iceland is actually just smaller than Ohio in terms of square footage. There are also only about 300,000 residents that live on the island, which is about the same amount of people who live in Cincinnati. Of those 300,000, two thirds (200,000) live in or near the capital leaving only 100,000 people spread across the rest of Iceland’s country side. Also, I found out that the M1 road (the main road around the island) is only 820 some odd miles around; so at 65mph, you could drive around the entire island in about 12.5 hours. I previously wasn’t aware how small of an island Iceland really is, but I’m confident that my 9 day adventure is going to be more than enough time to really get a feel for being there.
While doing research, I also found you can rent a camper van, so there’s a good chance I’ll be going back sooner than later! It costs roughly the same to rent just the van as it does to rent a car and spend 7 days in Iceland at hotels or hostels (depending how much of a budget traveler you're trying to be).
Outside of planning my trip and buying things I need to, I’ve been doing odd jobs. Mostly day laboring for a friend who is remodeling floors, doing tear out, laying the floors, or even just sanding and refinishing. It’s been good money and it’s been hard work. But I appreciate it as it’s helped me to get back in shape, I get to spend the day with my friends, and really the only terribly difficult days are the days we do a lot of tear out or demolition. Here shortly I will be making a new post about how to find odd jobs and work them. I do a lot of different odd jobs all the time, from Uber’ing, to laboring, to consulting and even setting up websites. If you’d like to see some of the flooring work I’ve been doing, check out the pictures below!
In fact, speaking about odd jobs, I recently help a friend make her art business completely official! Be sure to check out Instagram.com/JenniferBlixArt or Facebook.com/JenniferBlixArt Her site should be live Friday next week! Below is a shot of Blix filling out the proper forms to get her business all legal.
And lastly, I got new business cards! Check em out!!
So that's about it! Lots of working, planning, getting things done, and here in just a few short days I'll be heading down to Atlanta to take the first steps for my trip to Iceland! It's been really good working hard, making plans, and I'm really starting to see things pay off. Like I said before, keep an eye out on the site as I'll be making a few new posts soon, one about how to find and get odd jobs, and another about how to actually plan trips. Then I've also come up with a few different projects that I hope to get working on soon! So lots of content to come :) And I hope you all have a very wonderful Thanksgiving! <3
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Hello there! And thanks for following along on the adventures :)
So we've been back in town, A-Town that is, for a few weeks now. Unpacking, settling back into the normal ebbs and flows of daily life not on the road. Although, we've actually been pretty busy! Mostly with weddings!!
On August 20th, one week after we got back, my girlfriend's sister had her wedding day. We were pretty preoccupied with the preparations for that; from making bows to setting up the venue itself. Kylie was even a bride's maid! The wedding was gorgeous and went off without a hitch. Everybody had a great time and it was a very memorable wedding. Below are some pictures I snapped of Tia and Austin's wedding!
And just after that, we went to Ohio for a brief visit to go to my cousin's wedding, Doug and Chrissy! The wedding was also a country theme and we found it funny how similar the two weddings were.
Firstly, I helped set up the venue for Tia & Austin's wedding. Then it rained briefly, lots of dancing and it was overall a great time! At Doug & Chrissy's wedding, it stormed very badly, so when we got there all the decor was taken down due to the severe storm. So we helped set up the wedding decor again! Also, both of the wedding's had an outdoor country theme! But the big difference for me was getting to see my family again as I don't get to see them as often as I'd like.
Below are pictures of Doug & Chrissy's wedding!
So that's about it! Other than that, we're looking at staying in Atlanta or Columbus for another 6-8 months while we save up to do South East Asia for three to four months. We will definitely keep doing day trips, going camping, and otherwise traveling. So keep an eye out for the huge post which will chronicle our adventure across the US and for shorter trips as we make them!
Until next time, be safe and travel well!
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