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Travelling to Reykjavik in Iceland


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So I went to Reykjavik from 8th – 11th December 2017, for a friend’s birthday to slowly but surely freeze to death. I prepared for it well but it was still colder than a witch’s tit. I was also expecting some spectacular sights from everyone else recommending some of the most popular tourist sights that it has to offer.

Preparing yourself for Reykjavik

My suitcase is partially packed, I’m showered and my hair is soaking wet. I eventually fall asleep at around 2.30am, my phone vibrates right next to me. It wakes me and it’s my friend telling me he’s outside waiting for me so we can go to the airport. Disorientated and absolutely frothing with disarray, I scramble as I realise that I have overslept and slept through my alarm. I curse to myself, some kind of sleepy profanity as I try and get myself together. In a rush, I throw the remaining items into my.. mostly packed suitcase and rush out the door. I’m tired, groggy, discombobulated and feeling like an absolute mess. On the way to another friend’s house, I realise that I’ve forgotten my glasses, my phone charger and a few other bits and pieces. About to go to one of the most breathtaking countries in the world and forget my glasses, awesome. Just awesome.

The drive to the airport went quickly, and the flight also went incredibly fast. Lacking in sleep and getting a little anxious as the plane got closer and closer to Iceland, I decided to have a wine. Not like it was 9am or anything. I expected the weather to be -6 degrees Celcius there. But, I was totally prepared for how cold it was going to be… I think. I definitely packed accordingly, long johns were definitely essential.

The plane lands and I check my back pocket for my gloves, of course, I’ve lost a damn glove (good job I packed a spare pair.) so I guess I’d have to suffice with just one pair of gloves, for now.

After landing in the airport, I walk straight past the most marvelous Storm (X-men) mural on the wall, I mean.. it was cool as fuck. I could tell as Iceland was going to be a cool place (literally) after seeing that.

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Storm Mural in Reykjavik Airport

Thingvellir National Park

After collecting our rental car from the carpark (which looked like an ice cube by the way) we got in and headed to our first destination. We couldn’t get into the apartment for a few hours, so we decided to check out some of the Golden Circle first and take in the sights. Daylight was limited for the time of year in Iceland and we only had a few hours left.

The first stop was Thingvellir National Park. We parked the car and of course, I took a huge sip of wine to prepare myself for the cold. Exiting the car was like drowning in a sea of torment and despair and I thought, well it’ll be okay, we should get used to the weather and well, we didn’t. I had no thermals on the first day as my base layer. Big Mistake.

Seeing the views of the frozen landscape made up for the subzero temperatures though. I mean, forgetting my glasses wasn’t the best idea but I know beauty when I can see it. The views were absolutely amazing. My beard was starting to freeze over while I looked at views like this.

Geysir

Daylight was running out, we only had a couple of hours of daylight left, so we decided to head to Geysir to see the hot springs. When we got to the carpark at Geysir, I grabbed a fleece from my travel case and had it on under my jacket. The hot springs were pretty fucking cool and looked amazing. It would have been ideal if we’d have come here when it was slightly lighter out, so we could really take it in. Amongst the rocky terrain on the floor, there were streams of water running through that looked cool, we’d have to jump over a few stones in the streams to get across to a different side of the hot springs.

Iceland-Geysir

Geysir was pretty cool. They had a restaurant here, a cafe and a few shops. There’s a women’s clothing store called Geysir and it was full of cool women’s clothes for Winter (no pun intended.) I picked up a few pairs of different coloured knee-high socks for bae to do her Yoga in.

After visiting Geysir, we headed back towards Reykjavik and to the apartment. As the sun was setting, some of the views were really lovely. I mean, I literally came on this trip just to see the views and they were worth it so far.

Gullfoss

The next day I was abruptly woken up with a blinding hangover, running again on just a couple of hours of sleep. We had to wake up as early as possible so that we could catch as much daylight as we could. We were going to head back towards Geysir because we didn’t get to catch Gullfoss. A frozen waterfall, fresh air and an enormous canyon. Yeah, count me the fuck in.

In the passenger seat, I was navigating our way there with my trusty friend – Google Maps. This also gave me an opportunity to take in some of the landscape and get some pictures and videos. There wasn’t a place on Earth that I’d been to that looked like this. It looked phenomenal. It was around 11am and the sun had been rising pretty slowly. It was like the ice planet of Hoth but with beautiful rosé champagne pink skies and rocky terrain, covered with fluffy snow. The morning’s sunrise was dreamy, that all I can say about it, it was dreamy. I could write poetry about this shit. Oh wait, I do.

We made it to Gullfoss and I think I was beginning to climatise. It was definitely freezing cold but I wasn’t feeling it as much. The air was crisp and full of vigour. There was a certain clarity to being up there. I’m next to a motherfucking frozen waterfall and my hand is frozen while taking pictures and videos because I took my glove off to do so. If I must have my hand amputated then it’s totally worth it.

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Iceland, Gulfoss

Kerið Crater

We started making our way back past Geysir and headed towards a volcanic crater called Kerið. The volcanic crater freezes over during the winter months and I wasn’t really sure what to expect from it. We parked the car in the car park and walked over towards the crater. We had a good view of the crater from the top and from where we were, we could see people below standing on the frozen ice that covers the top of it. There was a treacherous path down the side that seemed a little frozen over and quite slippy but we thought, we if die, we die. We were about half-way down and decided to snap a couple of pictures of the gorgeous view. It’s hard to believe that the thing we’re standing next to is a volcano and it’s frozen over. Out of all of the places we had visited so far, it was this place that I felt a strong connection to and I felt an enormous amount of energy pouring out of this place. There were definitely some good vibes here.

 

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Kerið Crater

We headed towards the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal hot spring, which was apparently “very touristy.” But I wasn’t about to get butt ass naked after recovering from a respiratory infection. On the way into the Blue Lagoon, we noticed this formation of rocks outside which looked pretty ace.

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View of a Rock Formation Outside the Blue Lagoon

I didn’t go into the Blue Lagoon but stayed in their restaurant area and had sushi and wine, while I waited for my friends.

It was starting to get colder and I was running on fumes, we had another night of drinking ahead and it was Saturday night, so it was going to be a big night of drinking. So much drinking.

I hadn’t had any greens for a whole day, so we had to stop off at a store and grab a lot of fresh greens and coconut milk to make a smoothie. The plants were going to help me power through the night ahead while every other fucker in the apartment was taking a nap. The spinach, kale, celery, avocado and coconut milk infusion was hulk green and delightful to the palate.

After getting in about 5am and waking up around 10am, it was Sunday. Today was going to be a chilling day and we fucking needed it. After sampling Iceland’s signature drink “Opel” (which tastes like mouthwash on steroids by the way), it’s pretty safe to say I won’t be drinking that ever again. That shit is fucked up.

I made scrambled eggs for everyone in the morning, while I drank the remainder of the green smoothie. We decided to take a short hike up a mountain on our chilling day.

We were heading towards Mount Esja and as we got closer towards it, it looked fucking huge. We parked the car and walked up a hiking trail at a place called Mógilsá. There were a few different routes that can be taken up the mountain, I’m pretty sure we chose the most dangerous because… hangover.

We saw some more sublime views from Iceland. Unfortunately, we came to an impasse and the pathway was starting to get a bit more dangerous. We couldn’t get any further without proper hiking equipment.

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View From Mógilsá

After reaching a point where we couldn’t get any further, it seemed a little pointless trying to break our necks. We decided to head to Reykjavik and find somewhere to eat in the main part of it.

We passed the iconic Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral on our way to the main part of Reykjavik, to find a place to eat and have a little browse around the shops. It was pretty quiet around and everything was lit up with lights. It was very unique and pretty.

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Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral

We found a cute, little restaurant called Solon Bistro Bar that had food and wine. I felt these were two crucial factors in the decision making process when finding somewhere to eat.

Being the most British, I opted for Fish and Chips. It was served with fries, salad and tartar sauce. Over the past year, I’ve been cutting down on my intake of meat and had eaten it less and less. Everyone else was opting for burgers and one of my friends went for “Whale and Chips” which just screamed all kinds of wrong at me.

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I was pleasantly surprised by how good the fish and chips were. The Haddock was fluffy and cooked well with a crispy breadcrumb coating. The tartar sauce was tangy and had a delicious sharp aftertaste. Paired with a Cabernet Sauvignon, this meal was going down quite well.

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We needed sugar after a salty meal like that and we all opted for the Hot Lava Cake. A soft, spongy chocolate cake that’s filled with chocolate ganache, serviced with pistachio ice cream, decorated with white chocolate, strawberries and blueberries. The fruit was a bit of a random addition to it, however, the cake was beautiful. It gave every tastebud an orgasm.

After dinner, we headed towards some of the shops as we hadn’t really explored many of them while we were there. There were mainly clothing stores and touristy gift shops. We were hoping to see the Northern Lights on the last day of being there but solar activity was quite low all the time we were there, despite having fantastic visibility. It kinda sucked to have gone to Iceland and not got a chance to see the Aurora Borealis, the Universe was just toying with me again. *rolls eyes*

We had a quiet night in and watched a movie for the last night. It seems quiet on a Sunday, I imagine people didn’t really do much on Sundays.

The next morning we were up early, as the flight was around 11.30am. We headed towards Reykjavik Airport. I picked up a couple of bars Icelandic because the packaging looked so good.

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Icelandic Omnom Chocolate

Iceland was a lovely place to visit. Despite the cold weather, it was some absolutely gorgeous views and it was well worth the trip. It’s a shame we didn’t get to see the Aurora Borealis but maybe I’ll be lucky enough to catch it on a return trip to Iceland, or perhaps a trip to Norway. It’s also a shame we didn’t get to visit Vatnajökull, a glacier and the largest ice cap in Iceland. It’s meant to be quite a sight and I’d have loved to have visited it, however, it was a 6-hour drive there from Reykjavik.

The best advice I’ve ever gotten about going to Iceland is to layer up to keep yourself warm. I would wear a base layer of thermals, a good thick mid layer, like a fleece and a waterproof, fleece-lined jacket over the top. Hats, gloves and thermal socks are also essentials.

Be prepared to spend money in Iceland as it’s quite expensive, fortunately, I’d already read all about how expensive things are and mentally prepared myself. The majority of things there almost triple the price of things in England. Renting a car gives you a huge advantage, relying on public transport when you’re freezing your ass off in the middle of nowhere is a big no.

All-in-all, a fantastic experience, that I’d highly recommend to anyone looking for a good adventure.

Spirituality

What Kind of Meditation Are You Into?


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I was very lucky growing up in a family that was open to their spirituality, my parents and my siblings always had a firm grasp on karma and the law’s of the universe (does anyone have a firm grasp of the law’s of the universe though.)

So as a child, I had a slight understanding of the holistic and mystical. It wasn’t until I was about 15 that I decided to read a couple of books on meditation and broaden my horizons. I read a book called “A Handbook for Light Workers” by David Cousins and I also read another book that was my sister’s called “Barefoot Doctor’s Handbook for the Urban Warrior: Wayward Taoist Survival Technique” Barefoot Doctor’s book kinda shaped my perspective on the universe and how everything is connected. Everything is tied together in a big web of energy. The book showed me different types of exercises and meditations to do that would aid in raising my vibration and would help me to attain a higher level of being. I mean, I was like 15, so I was kinda like what the actual fuck but at the same time I’d been conditioned to stuff like this by my family.

As I got older I started to experiment more with different types of mediations and not just the Taoist meditations that I had read about in books. Taoist meditations were great and I would feel fantastic afterward. I’d feel refreshed, rejuvenated and I’d feel that sense of clarity, that we’re all seeking. All the answers are within and blah blah blah and as time progressed I wanted to experiment more.

Awakening the Third Eye

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At the moment I’m practicing a third-eye meditation (or, I’m trying to.) This involves sitting down in your quiet space and beginning to relax. Enter a state of mind that’s tranquil, peaceful and start to filter out all of the everyday shit that floods your mind (of course this is a difficult task, so please be patient with yourself and every other noisy fucker around you.) From here, focus all of your energy towards your pineal gland (your third eye.) You want to be accurate with the flow and direction of your energy, it shouldn’t just be “somewhere around there” but it should be with pin-point precision, like a laser. Direct all of that lovely chi that you hold so dear to you inside your body towards it and keep it there. Focus your mind and your soul on the sound current of the universe. This is the resonance of the universe that ties everything together. You need to be able to sync your being to the vibration of the cosmos.

Once you start to practice this third-eye meditation, your head will feel heavy at first… I mean, you’re focusing the majority of your internal power towards your pineal gland, so. This was completely normal for me. After practicing it for a while I discovered that the heavy feeling would subside and I could harness my power more without thinking to myself “damn, is someone sitting on my face right now.” If you begin to see things, visions, people then I would consider that to be completely normal (you know because visions aren’t weird at all.)

The Key to Enlightenment

There is no shortcut, no quick route to enlightenment. Mindfulness comes with consistency, you need to keep working at it. Some people like to meditate the conventional way and others like to do moving meditations like yoga, if you can do both then you’re on some next level shit.

Keep at the meditation and keep pushing yourself with yoga. Make sure your energy circuits are as fired up as possible and when you meditate it will help you to clear any energy blockages that you might have in your circuits.

Keep going, growing and glowing and you’ll be doing Yoga Flames and levitating in no time.

disclaimer: yoga flames and levitating aren’t a prerequisite for enlightenment.

 

 

 

life

8 Ways to Simplify Your Existence


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Simplicity is an acquired taste. Mankind, left free, instinctively complicates life.” – Katherine F. Gerould

Life for the average human is wild and chaotic. We get so focused on the day to day commitments in life and really lose perspective that there’s an entire world out there. There are lots of ways to keep your life as simple as possible. Here are 7 ways to combat the myriad of stress that life hurls at you.

 

Identify

Write down the most important things in your life, make a list of all of the essentials and then that will help you filter out what isn’t necessary so that you can strip it away. This process of elimination will help productivity because you’ll have removed the lesser important things from your mind.

 

Meditation

We all need to meditate. I’m a firm believer that meditation comes first, it is the primary point of our existence. Everything else comes secondary. Whether you choose to meditate in solitude or within a group, as long as you are clearing your mind and searching within then it will help to collect your thoughts. Meditation will calm you and soothe you.

 

Routine

Do you strive to be on-time? Do you eat regular meals? Do you wake up and go to sleep at specific times? Get yourself into more of a routine! set your alarm clock, have your meals at regular times and workout at specific times. Pick a routine that works best for you and stick to it. Routine will greatly improve your time management.

 

Throw Out the Shit You Don’t Need

Declutter your space. Do you still have old junk lying around the house? Throw it away and clear your space, this will allow your energy to flow more freely.

 

Disconnect Yourself

In a world full to the brim with distractions; iPhones here, tablets there and social media consistently edging its way into our lives more and more. There’s an unhealthy obsession with social media in this day and age and it consumes a lot of time. Spend some time away from your gadgets, otherwise, life will pass you by and you spent it checking to see how many likes you received.

 

I’ve Had Worse Things in My Mouth

Your body is a well-oiled machine and regular exercise and eating the right foods can drastically improve your day. Fuel yourself with lots of fruits, veggies and drink plenty of water. Did you know drinking water helps fuel your muscles? Gives you younger skin and research even shows that drinking half a litre of water within 30 minutes can boost your metabolism and help you burn calories faster.

 

Remain Positive

Keep your negativity in check, keep the bad thoughts to a minimum and remain positive. This will help raise your morale and keep you striving towards your goals, even when you feel trapped.

 

Adventure More

Try new things, explore more and adventure. See more of the world. Even if you don’t have the money to go to another country, try and find new places to visit and activities to do that are local. You will feel liberated.

 

 

How This Will Help Your Life

I have talked about 8 small changes that you can make in your life to greatly improve it. The bottom line is, less is more. Spend more time reflecting on yourself and working on yourself to drastically improve who you are. Improving yourself will improve your life.