A Bit of Normalcy

Last week I had a touch of what some normalcy tastes like. I did my first travel since the world locked down one and a half years ago. Of course, it wasn’t totally back to the good old days. Still, on airports and when flying one has to wear a mask – and when arriving to a country there were covid-19 controls.

Nevertheless, I could travel! Which almost felt a little strange but most of all joyous. Just sitting back and feel the airplane taking off for a new destination was exhilarating, despite the pestilence of having to wear a mask. And then arriving. Touching down in a new place!

Nevertheless, for me the absolute best was finally being able to meet my love one after one and a half years of forced separation. In fact, that’s why Iceland became our first travel destination since the lockdown. It’s one of the only countries that would accept us both, without quarantine as long as you are vaccinated.

I have been to Iceland before, but it was back in the 1980’s, so it’s been a few years. Of course, generally the landscape doesn’t changed much over a few decades, although Iceland is one of few countries in which landscape changes do happen every so often, whenever a volcano erupts. In fact, this year saw a new eruption just south of the capital Reykjavik. Fagradalsfjall volcano erupted in March. After the first eruption, it’s been more of a low flowing river of lava, covering the valley of Fagradal and slowly moving towards the sea.

On the photo, I am overlooking Fagradalsfjall with the crater to the right. Not every day is it possible to see glowing lava, but it’s steadily creating new land. Nevertheless, it was a impressive experience to view.

I will get back with more photos from my trip to Iceland. However, I first need to edit and process the photos I captured. For now, though, I will take the rest of July off from blogging, but I’ll be back in August. Enjoy the summer (or winter if you are in the southern hemisphere). See you again in August.

71 thoughts on “A Bit of Normalcy

  1. Wow a year and a half apart! What a nightmare. Glad you are able to get back together now, and in such wonderful scenery! I look forward to your photographs in August.

  2. I’m thrilled for you! Restrictions on air/international travel didn’t bother me a bit during the past year and more, simply because that sort of travel isn’t possible for me. But I’ve been able to travel freely on a more local level throughout the pandemic, and I can imagine how wonderful a taste of that same freedom is for you.

  3. How marvellous for you to travel again! No idea whether I ever shall again….but I can enjoy past travels to some small degree through images and memories

  4. Ah, wow, Otto, that is wonderful and so exciting. I am so happy for you that you had an opportunity to travel again. Keep well, stay safe.

  5. I will look forward to your images of Iceland and the sight of a moving flow of lava must have been awe-inspiring.

    (I vaguely remember a stiff climb up the grey ash of Mt Vesuvius in 1976 when the cable car had broken down, so to see a live volcano would be visually interesting to me in particular).

  6. Good for you, that you were able to travel to your loved one! This images looks very promising, waiting to see your captures. Wish you a happy holiday time and hope you have some sunny weather.

  7. So happy you and your girlfriend were reunited-that is a long wait. You are looking “on top of the world” Enjoy the time off and return refreshed and ready to explore new ideas..

  8. Wonderful news to read that you are united with your loved one. Iceland has a reputation of having it all for the traveler. Certainly, nature and its abundance is at the apex of its offerings, as the image shows.

  9. Otto, I’m so happy for you! That was a great idea, to meet in Iceland. A year and a half is WAY too long! I hope you’ll be back in the PNW before too long…normalcy, what a concept! Take care!

  10. Fantastic photo, Otto. Spectacular, really. I’m so delighted to hear that you had a “normal” travel experience. It was surely magical. See you in August! 🙂

  11. wow!!! there’s something about flowing lava, and i’ve never seen it in person, that leaves me frightened at a very deep level… amazing picture!!! enjoy your break, Otto! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

  12. ng for film shoot next Tuesday

    Rob Gagnon
    Thu, Jul 15, 12:45 PM (1 day ago)
    to Linda, me, Diana, Jenny, Jalen

    We have all the questions answered and on his device!

  13. I’m so pleased for you, Otto, that you are able to travel this beautiful place and see your long missed loved one. Hopefully by the time we hear from you in August things will be even better everywhere. Enjoy your time!

  14. Dear Otto,
    except our dear Dina we are fed up with travelling. It’s has lost its magic. When our dear Master first travelled with his grandparents (with 6 to India) travelling was great. Remembering it it was like in a fairy tale. But nowadays travelling is just uncomfortable, even in business class. Wherever you go there is tourism and usually you are part of the problems there. And, of course, travelling isn’t sustainable at all.
    Nevertheless, we travel a little bit on our island. But love it best to stay at home where we have everything for our happyness.
    All the best. Take care
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    1. It seems like you have found you own, private, little paradise in life. What more could one ask for? As for myself, I don’t think I will ever become tired of travelling. Take care both you of you. 🙂

  15. Oh wow … very happy to hear you were able to reunite after so long. (I know someone here in a similar situation.) I had the opportunity to go to Iceland in 2014 and absolutely loved it … a photographer’s paradise for sure! I am looking forward to your photos. You look on top of the world here. 🙂

  16. I’m so happy for you, finally together after such a long time apart. I’m sure you returned with lots of beauty on the SIM cards 😍

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