10th Month in Iceland by the Numbers

10 months already! I can’t believe I am closing in on my one year expatversary. This has been a rollercoaster year so far and who knows what these next two months have in store for me!

Backing up to this past month it was a busy one over here for me. An amazing vacation in Croatia, beautiful hikes in Iceland, back to work after summer holiday and enjoying the sunshine that has finally made an appearance in Iceland! Here are my favorite memories from my 10th month abroad.

10 days spent enjoying the beautiful CroatiaCroatia
Our Croatia trip was amazing, this country is beyond beautiful! A recap of our trip is coming soon!

Dozens of tiny alleyways in Croatia wandered through
I think half of my pictures are of little streets in Croatia. I find them so charming and just love spending a lazy afternoon exploring them.

Four books read over my summer holiday
Many of those books where read with a view like this, perfect way to spend the day! If you are looking for some end of summer reading I highly recommend checking out Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn for a more suspenseful book, and The Vacationers by Emma Straub for the perfect beach read.

Too many delicious cocktails to count enjoyed in Croatia
That is what your suppose to do on vacation though right?!

First Reykjavik Gay Pride Parade

I have heard so much about this parade and was so happy to finally get to see it for myself. The atmosphere is just amazing and this float by Páll Óskar was by far my favorite.

One day full of amazing Icelandic landscapes
Gjainn_001Landmannalagaur Landmannalaugar
Gjáin and Landmannalaugar are two of the most beautiful places I have seen in Iceland. If you ever are in Iceland I highly recommend adding these two places to your to do list!

Multiple trips to the swimming pools
When the sun shines in Iceland you don’t spend anytime inside! My favorite way to spend a sunny day is at one of the local pools. In my opinion the best pool to spend a sunny day is Vesturbæjarlaug, luck me that this pool is also two blocks from my house.

Second soccer (or football) game gone to in Iceland
Iceland football
I am not the biggest soccer fan but it was a beautiful summer night, the sky was amazing!

117 days until I leave to visit home!
H and I bought our tickets to fly back to Oregon for Christmas this past week and I am beyond excited! It will be over a year since I have been home and I can’t wait to see my family and Azora!

An awesome month yet again, and after a rough few weeks adjusting back to work life has settled back into routine and time is just flying by. This weekend H and I are running in a half marathon together, it is culture day in Reykjavik with free concerts and activities all day and to end the weekend we are going to Justin Timberlake’s concert Sunday night. A fun weekend indeed! Have a great weekend everyone!

Previous by the numbers month recaps:
First Month in Iceland by the Numbers
Second Month in Iceland by the Numbers
Third Month in Iceland by the Numbers
Fourth Month in Iceland by the Numbers
Fifth Month in Iceland by the Numbers
Sixth Month in Iceland by the Numbers
Seventh Month in Iceland by the Numbers
8th Month in Iceland by the Numbers
9th Month in Iceland by the Numbers

Question of the Day?
Are you a JT fan? Anyone else find soccer a bit boring to watch? What books are you reading this summer?

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  • Samantha Krause

    Your Iceland pictures look way too pretty to be real…Iceland has been on my travel list, and you are making me feel like I have to make it happen this year! Hopefully my hubby will get a break and we can take a quick trip there. Congrats on your (almost) one-year..isn’t it crazy how time flies?!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Yes it really is beautiful and you guys are so close by you should definitely make a trip up here!

  • http://confuzzledom.wordpress.com/ bevchen

    Aaah, now I want to go to Iceland AND Croatia!! Your blog makes me want to spend aaaallllll my money on travel (and also quit my job so I have time for it all ;-))

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      That is how I feel when I read travel blogs! I wish someone just would pay for me to travel the world!

  • http://www.arctic-post.blogspot.com Marju V

    Conrats on ten months! Before you know it, it’ll be a full year!
    I’ve got Gone Girl on my to-be-read pile, must get it done before the movie comes out in the fall!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Thank you, time if flying by! It is a must read book I loved Gone Girl!

  • http://letuswanderlust.blogspot.com/ Carly @ Let Us Wanderlust

    Wow!! 10 months – congratulations!! And I have just started reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn!! I’m loving it and finding it quite hard to put down!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      I loved the book, I couldn’t put it down either!

  • http://www.gutenblogyall.com/ Margo

    Yay! So excited that you get to head home for the holidays!

    Now, where did you guys stay in Croatia? The view is perfect.

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      I am so excited to get to go home, it has been way to long! That picture is from Korcula, my favorite place we staying in Croatia for sure!

  • http://www.adventuresofadreamcatcher.com Lisa K

    I want to read other books by Gillian Flynn now! Also, I’ve always wanted to go to a gay pride parade to show my support and also because I think it’d be fun and colorful!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      I do too, I loved Gone Girl! It was exactly what I thought a gay pride parade would be, so bright and colorful!

  • http://anothercleanslate.com/ Kate @ Another Clean Slate

    I want to book a trip to Croatia immediately!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      I want to go back to Croatia!

  • http://thethingsiamcrazyfor.wordpress.com/ Camila

    It sounds like a pretty amazing month :) I can’t wait for more Croatia pictures! And I can only imagine how much you’re excited to head home soon(ish)!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      I am beyond excited to head home, I just want time to fly by!

  • http://weiderjl.blogspot.com/ Jenn

    I can’t wait to see more of your Croatia Pictures :)

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Just going through my pictures makes me wish I was back there!

  • http://www.thehappytype.com/ Crystal Turpin

    These are wonderful photos from a great adventure so far! I’m excited to see what the next few months brings your way in Iceland!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Me either, hopefully lots of good things are headed my way :)

  • http://www.thesouthernthing.com/ Dara @ The Southern Thing

    Those pictures are gorgeous! What an amazing place!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Thank you!

  • http://amiechristo.wordpress.com Amielle

    Croatia has been on my ‘to visit’ list for about a year now and I keep seeing photos of it popping up and if I didn’t want to go home so badly, I’d be hopping on a plane there!

    It looks like the stadium was fairly full for your football match, which always makes it better. Who were you watching play? And the Gay Pride Parade looks amazing. :)

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Croatia was never a place on my must see list but I am so glad I got the chance to go there, such a beautiful country!

      It was a pretty packed game, one of the Icelandic teams were playing a team from Italy I think (I really don’t follow football so I am not too sure ;) The parade was amazing!

  • http://www.rhymeandribbons.com/ Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    Do you have any exciting happy 1 year expat anniversary plans? x

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Not yet but I think I need to plan some soon! Have you had any expat anniversary celebrations?

      • http://www.rhymeandribbons.com/ Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

        To be honest, I haven’t! But I’ve never had an amazing counting series either ;) x

  • http://mariellegreen.com/ Marielle

    Beautiful photos. Croatia was never one of my dream destinations, but all the photos I’ve seen of it are gorgeous. Love those little streets!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Same here, Croatia was never one of my dream destinations but I am so glad I got to go, it was such a beautiful country!

  • http://www.adelanteblog.com/ Courtney

    Those landscape photos. Oh my GOSH… I need to go to Iceland right now!!! Happy 10th month expatversary! I hope you’re planning something exciting for your 1 year mark :)

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Thank you Courtney :) The Icelandic landscape never fails to be stunning!

  • http://montgomeryfest.com/ Annie Montgomery

    eeeee! all of these Croatia peeks! I can’t wait to see more of your trip!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Ahhh Croatia, such a beautiful country!

  • http://bluehairinbelgium.blogspot.be/ Kerri Heritage

    I’ve never been a football fan, or just a sports fan in general. I could never get into watching them. I have seen so many lovely posts about Croatia lately, I’m looking forward to yours as well :) I always feel obliged to be out in the sun when it’s here! It’s a good life motto to have: Sun = Outside.

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      I think that is an excellent life motto to have!

  • http://www.cubiclethrowdown.com/ Rika – Cubicle Throwdown

    Croatia looks gorgeous!! Can’t wait to hear more about it. Also, I think I am going to borrow that ‘expatversary’ word :)

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Yes I think the word has a nice sound to it :) Croatia was gorgeous I can’t wait to share more!

  • http://voyageofthemeemee.com/ Amanda MeeMee

    Yay for the JT concert!!!! You guys are going to have a blast!!!!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      JT was amazing, that boy can dance and sing, swoon!

  • http://welaughanyway.blogspot.com/ Yalanda_Meshell

    I’m continually stunned by your photos of Croatia! So gorgeous !

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Thank you, Croatia was just a stunning country!

  • Mar

    Gorgeous photos! I’m still trying to convince my husband to plan a trip to Iceland.

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Yes you guys need a trip to Iceland, such a beautiful place!

  • http://www.longdistancebaking.com/ Stephanie @ longdistancebaking

    I loved seeing all of your Croatia pics on IG…so gorgeous! And the end of Gone Girl…omg!! I couldn’t believe it!!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      I know right, I loved Gone Girl! I can’t wait for the movie!

  • http://www.jadeoak.com/ jackie jade

    ok i think i need to go to croatia asap – looks SO gorge!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Yes, Croatia was even more beautiful than I thought it would be!

  • http://www.thelotuscreative.com/ Kate Jordan

    I love when you do these posts!
    My best friend moved to Croatia 3 days ago now and I have been bugging her to fill me in on what it’s like, but now I see these pictures I’m pretty sure she is probably just out exploring ;).

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Thank you Kate :) Where in Croatia did your best friend move? I am so jealous, I hope you get to go visit her there soon!

  • http://www.tothedayslikethis.com/ Sammy @ Days Like This

    Oh lovely!! How exciting you will be home for Christmas!!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      I am beyond excited! I already have a countdown going!

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