The title of this post perfectly sums some of my thoughts about adjusting to life in Iceland. While I have visited Iceland several times prior to my move here, and many of the things in this post I have discovered or seen on previous trips, I wanted to share with you a few of my “wins and losses” as I settle into my new home. These types of post will most likely show up on my blog from time to time as I continue to settle in and discover new things about life here. Now on to talking about some of my “wins and losses.”
Built in closet space is basically non-existent. Instead, closet space typically comes in the form of an Ikea wardrobe. Figuring out where all my clothes would go with such limited closet space would require a great deal of creative organization.
Clearly I had an explosion of clothes to deal with! Thankfully my closet is no longer on our living room floor and we finally figured out a way to make everything fit.
Another feature that tends to be MIA is an outlet in the bathroom. When I first realize this I assume it must be hidden, there’s no way that a bathroom couldn’t have an outlet! Unfortunately I wasn’t proven wrong in my findings and I have now set up my various hair styling items on the bedroom floor.
As long as no one steps on my straightener my hair styling area will work just fine:)
One more item missing in my new home is a dyer. Dyers are another household item that is not very common. Instead drying racks are used to hang up your clothes to dry.
The lack of a dyer doesn’t bother as much as I thought it would. Sure, it takes a bit longer to get your clothes to dry, but on the bright side I don’t have to worry about my clothes shrinking in the dyer 🙂
While I might not have spacious built in closets, outlets in my bathroom, or a dyer, I do get to enjoy some breathtaking views on a daily basis. Some of these photos were taken on a previous trip to Iceland and I am looking forward to visiting more beautiful places.
These views are right near my house and I get to enjoy them when I go for my runs on the pathway that follows along the ocean.
Glymur, the highest waterfall in Iceland on a visit two years ago. I am looking forward to another hike this spring to see this gorgeous waterfall again.
A picturesque fishing town we stumbled upon on a road trip in Iceland a few springs ago.
On my second night here I finally had the chance to see the Northern Lights but wasn’t able to capture a clear picture of them. I will be sure to share a picture when I get the chance to see them again. Seeing the Northern Lights was definitely something on my bucket list, and I am looking forward to seeing more of them this winter.
While I may not have all the comforts that I have grown up with I am more than enjoying all the new wonderful things around me. Next post I will be sure to fill you in on my other happenings this past month that include, starting my Icelandic course, baking pumpkin rolls for a early Thanksgiving celebration, and some sights from my new neighborhood.
Until then here is a picture I took this morning on my walk to the bus stop. Winter has arrived!