First Month in Iceland by the Numbers

6 bags of luggage

You better believe I shoved as many clothes and pairs of shoes as possible in those 6 bags! I am still surprised that we managed to find room for all my luggage with our limited storage space!

3 year anniversary celebrated 

4 weeks of Icelandic language classes 


3 days of getting on the wrong bus until I finally figured my bus route out

My bus stop at almost 9 in the morning. The dark days of winter are here 😦

1 Icelandic Langauge Day, “Dagur Íslenskrar Tungu” celebrated

Our class celebrate by singing Icelandic songs.

Multiple feelings of homesickness 

When you get pictures like these how can you not miss home!

visits to my favorite place to study


4 hours baking pumpkin rolls for an early Thanksgiving celebration 

It was a much longer process than anticipated 
But so worth it!
3 days of sporadic snowfall

1 Icelandic phrase mastered

Translation: It is very cold! 
1 strand of Christmas lights hung up 
If there is already snow outside that means its time to decorate for Christmas 🙂
Countless moments of laughter and fun



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!