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July 19th 2012
Published: July 19th 2012
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The Group At The Blue LagoonThe Group At The Blue LagoonThe Group At The Blue Lagoon

Silica for the skin and warm 90 degree water for the soul!
It is rather incredible just how much a group can pack into one cycle of the sun! We left Seattle "this morning" (Wednesday) at about 4pm and flew with the sun which never set. We arrived here in a barren yet lush Iceland. Volcanic rocks blanketing the landscape. The surroundings remind me of many other locales, the hills of Scotland, the sharp volcanic earth of the Big Island of Hawaii and even the short cropped dry grass of Malta. It is a place like no other, yet like many others, a true dichotomy of design.

We arrived at 6:30am and easily made our transfer. It was a bumpy approach through the clouds toward the steaming earth, full of geothermal goodness that would play a pivotal role in the remainder of our day.

After a half an hour on the bus we arrived at the steaming ponds of milky cobalt blue water rich with silica. We spent the day relaxing in the warm waters and enjoying every second of it. As the day wore on some struggled, and some failed outright, to stay awake. It was an incredibly enriching and unique experience. The Blue Lagoon is a treasure trove of relaxation related activities. We spent our day floating in the 90 degree waters and relaxing in the saunas.

Here we sit now, awaiting our final connection to Hamburg. It is 11:30pm on Thursday as I type this and the sun has yet to set on our journey, both literally and figuratively. Hopefully those who have been up for 36 plus hours will be able to get some sleep as the sun finally begins to set.

We are anxious and excited to reunite with our German friends! It promises to be a phenomenal three weeks! Let the sun set on our journey, and the sun rise on a wonderful exchange experience.

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