I have always joked with friends and cousins, lets runaway to some unknown place, every now and then when I was exhausted with mundane work, but this time I told myself and I did. Well, doesn’t that say I should have just told myself this much earlier and would have visited many more places and made more memories to share? Nevertheless, when I finally did, I came back with tons of experience, some that I consider adventurous for my standard 😉
- Glacier Hike: Not sure if I was over confident after having learnt ice skating that I booked myself on a Glacier hike tour, without giving it a much thought. In my Rockies trip, we did a Glacier tour where this humongous bus took us all the way up to the glacier and all we had to do is get down from the bus and pose for the pictures and get back. Well, that’s exactly what I expected would happen and thought it just has a fancy name. But alas, I was wrong and realized its some serious stuff when I saw all those gears that we had to wear and carry with us to the starting point of the hike. It got even more exciting (not so), when I saw this small figure (read people, that’s how they looked from distance) on the glacier and asked the guide if that’s where we were going and pat came the answer “Beyond that, in fact”. It was about 3 hours hike, Oh boy! How I loved every moment of it. From peeping into a 30 feet hole to breathtaking views to naturally carved ice, it was all worth it.
- Exploring the Ice Cave: Going on a Glacier hike was not enough that I wanted to see Ice Caves as well, this was also one of the reason that I wanted to go to Iceland in winter. The beautiful pictures that I had seen was reason enough for me to book a tour and it was exactly how I had imagined it to be. The walk was even more rigorous than the glacier hike as we had to climb the glacier where there were no defined path or manmade steps. There are too many ice holes which are not too obvious if you are not familiar with the glacier or don’t follow instructions. But, you will be amazed with the beauty of nature and gods creation.
- Snorkeling between Tectonic plates: This was just not on my travel plan for sure. After I had planned my Iceland trip, I see a friend’s FB post that she is in Iceland. I was thrilled and was following closely the places that she was visiting. Out of 5 days, I had 4 days all booked with my plans and was left with just one day and when I was thinking if I should go whale watching or just explore the museums, I see this beautiful snorkeling pictures from a friend who was touring Iceland. That was the deciding point but I was going in winter and she was there in Fall but I dint want to back-off so I started reading reviews and most of the people said even though it was one of the best experiences, cold can be very nasty and your body would turn blue and all the horrifying experiences but there was one post which said – “cold is not that bad and its a experience of lifetime, if you get a chance, do it”. Well, there was no looking back and I went ahead and booked my tour. Everybody in my group were very cold, since they all had come from warmer places, as Canada is much more colder than Iceland (Yes, that’s true), I dint feel the cold much and no, my body did not turn blue or my hands go numb for hours. You are given a body suit and a dry suit, so you have 2 layers apart from your clothing. When you give your clothes size, just make sure to give the right size, carry 2 pairs of thick socks and cover your mouth with the head gear until you go into the water, then you are all good. The dive is for about 40min but mostly people get out in about 30min.
- Staying in a Hostel: I call this adventure since I have never stayed in a girls hostel leave alone mixed nor have I shared room with my own siblings. There is always something that goes wrong in your planning invariably and for me it was booking a mixed hostel. I just assumed that the hostels are generally separate for men and women and booked a hostel for 3 days of my stay. Surprise hits me when I enter the hostel room and see a big guy sleeping middle of the day and I go back to the desk asking if it was a mistake and they say “No, you are booked in mixed room”. Not only had I dared to share room and bathroom (I don’t share bathroom even with my husband) with the species from Venus but also with the species from Mars. Rooms were all booked that I could not even change, well what do you do for next 3 nights? You become friends with them, spend sleepless nights even though people were so very nice and keep account of who came at what time and who has checked out early, who snores the loudest and where did that nasty loud noise came from, eeeks.
Each one of these experiences has thought me something, I need to get fit (yes, for the first three activities, you need to be physically fit and for the last one mentally unfit :)) , double check every booking and go with your gut feeling, when you want to try something new.
Get Adventurous, It’s Fun!