When I came back from the city, I checked back into the international zone and took a nap on the benches because I felt tired from all the walking. After I woke up, I ate a few candybars and had some water. Then I got into a conversation with Ahmed from South Africa. He was on his way to Salzburg to present his research at a conference. He was researching remote detection (LANDSAT) and spatial planning. We had a good conversation that lasted for about an hour, and then his flight commenced.
After that I laid down by the window overlooking the landing strip and watched the airplanes land and take off. There was a small palm tree and the sun was shining and it really felt like the beach with the sunlight keeping me warm.
The flight to Keflavik (Iceland) lasted three hours and there were no complications. Two friends picked me up at the airport and we drove to their house (which is one of the most beautiful pieces of real estate that’s I’ve ever had the chance to stay in). We had a fancy Slovenian dinner there (pršut, srebrna penina…) and they seemed to really enjoy it. After dinner I laid down and soon fell asleep.
In the morning my hosts had to go to work so I had the time to do some write-ups and started to learn some basic Icelandic. I’ve also coordinated my trip from Reykjavik to Hella. I got picked up by Hreinn, my initial contact here in Island Forestry Service and we started our trip to Hella, where I am to be stationed for the first few weeks.