First Blog Post

A month ago I was packing my bags and saying my goodbyes as I prepared for the next chapter in my life. This new chapter begins 4000 miles away, in a new country, with a completely different language. Welcome to Unlocking Kiki, my blog about my new life in the land of fire and ice, Iceland.

My new home, Reykjavík, Iceland
During my first month here I have figured out a few important things:
•A food processor purchased in America will burn up in the first 30 seconds you plug it into the European outlets, fancy convertor or not.
•The bus will only stop for you to get off if you push a red button prior to the stop you want to get off at. Doesn’t matter if it is a designated bus stop shown on the bus map, the buses just keep on going.
•Buses here tend to be 5 plus minutes late, so don’t fret they will eventually show up.
•At the gym you check in by having your eyes scanned, totally futuristic if you ask me, but I have started to get used to it.
•Baking soda in Icelandic is called Matarsódi (that was a long shopping trip).
•Ikea in Iceland is not the cheap home goods store we have in America. The items here are still the same, just triple the cost.
Reykjavík in the wintertime
Everyday I learn something new, like this morning when I quickly learned that the wind here in Iceland makes windstorms in Oregon look like a nice summer breeze. The best thing though that I have learned so far is that you better be able to laugh at yourself and just enjoy the ride, bumps and all. Or go out and pet an adorable Icelandic pony, guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
I hope you follow along and enjoy the journey of Unlocking Kiki!
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16 thoughts on “First Blog Post

  1. Your grandmother, Sallie, shared your blog with me. I’m one of her “best friends” from the old railroad days. Following you on your blog will add excitement to these Oregon winter days, but will be balmy compared to some of your descriptions. The country looks gorgeous, as do you…hope it is “the” most marvelous adventure. You are very brave!

  2. Matarsódi! Oh my gosh, I have been wondering about that for 3 months now. Thank you! Welcome to Iceland, and welcome to the unofficial Arctic ex-pat club! #AmericainReykjavik 🙂

  3. Hi Kit, love to have another way to keep up with what is happening for you and what you are up to. Keep the pictures coming and I like to think you are doing this for your parents! Haha! I miss you, but more so just so very proud of you. What a great adventure you are on. Love from the proudest Dad in Oregon. Keep chasing your dreams to catch them! 🙂

  4. Kaelene
    Mom here, wow love the blog. Keep it up so I know what is happening and to make sure you haven’t frozen over..:). Love you

  5. Kaelene,

    This is so cool. Keep the news coming. I am so proud of you. It must be tricky at times but you are a brave young women who is willing to step out and go for what you want. I would believe you will receive many gifts from this adventure. I am here and I can hardly wait to follow this blog. What is your mailing address? And lastly if you miss us it means you love us or you wouldn’t care. I miss you and in missing each other we all know we are valued. I love you Pam

    • Thanks so much Pam! I hope you follow along, I am going to try my best to keep up with my blog and to take lots of photos:) I agree, I know what an amazing family I have at home and when I am missing them that just shows how much I care. I will message you my mailing address:) Thanks for checking out my blog, love you!

  6. I don’t understand how this thing works… lol is this your first and only post?? I’ll figure it out!! Lol. Love you boo. So exciting to follow your blog (this is the only blog I follow). Get Iceland ready for me. They won’t know what hit ’em 😉 What an amazing, unique experience! Keep your head up and ENJOY THIS!

    • Haha I know right! It has taken me like a week just to figure out how to post anything on here! So glad I have such a awesome partner in crime, 17 years and counting. I don’t know how I would get through this without you boo, love you and thanks for the support!

  7. Thanks for sharing! Going to enjoy reading up on your adventures. I have a lot of Viking Blood in my veins and love the opportunity to see the land through you! Maybe next time you can hit up Portugal for me? Lol

    • Haha okay I will be sure to put Portugal on my list to visit. I wish that would be awesome! Thanks for checking it out, I will do my best to show all the wonderful things about Iceland on here:)

  8. Kaelene,

    I AM SO PROUD OF WHAT A TRULY BEAUTIFUL WOMAN YOU HAVE GROWN INTO…
    Love the blog. It will be fun to keep a breast of your adventures. At least you have the Blow Dryer. I was thinking on the bright side it could at least double up as a clothing fluff er, since you are with out a dryer. You know how I am a sun god. The photos of all the ice make me think FUR COAT ?
    Ever the stylist.

    I love you,

    Uncle Jamie.

    • So happy you read my blog Uncle Jamie! I am slowly figuring out this whole blog thing but I am glad I have some place to share my adventures with everyone back home. Haha fur coats are major here in Iceland so your fashion sense is dead on. I need to get myself one soon so I can fit in, and not freeze! Thanks for the lovely comment:)

      I love you!
      Kaelene

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