How I define Iceland- 10 things that I loved the most!

It was only few years back when I did not even bother to see where this small country is located on world-map. My attention was drawn when I read that it has the highest happiest quotient and then saw those unbelievable landscape photographs.

Finally, I was lucky to get a week-long vacation in last August to Iceland. There are hundreds of blogs and articles, travel journals about tourism on internet. So, I have decided to list down the most appealing aspects that defines Iceland in my eyes.

Photo courtesy: Mihir Y. C.

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A year unfolded in Scandinavia

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”

And this quote has again proved its essence in my life.

15th August 2016, when I marked my roller coaster journey of 365 days in this quite, calm and beautiful country. This has also been a time when I achieved those milestones in life which I even didn’t consider to have in bucket list! It has really been my saga of transformation from being ‘dreamer’ to ‘achiever’.

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Stockholm Outing (Part-I)

The very first thing you should do after reaching Sweden is , of-course to visit the capital city Stockholm. Also, largely known as the capital of Scandinavia.

So one fine morning in August, we happened to start ahead towards Stockholm- just 1.5 hr train journey from my city Västerås.  We took the morning train and came back by the evening one. This was the best way to get the first overview of the city. Returning back in the evening was decided because most of the attractions close down by 5 pm.

The train ride was quite comfortable having very less passengers due to the weekend. It was a beautiful bright sunny day and we got to see fine country side landscapes during the journey.

After getting down, it was easy to find tourist information desk at the central station. Among many SL ticket options including the city travel card, we chose to go with ‘pay as you go’ access card. The reason was we wanted to cover the nearby areas by walking only and get the feel of this city.

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Luxury of Bikes

How about living in a city that has clearly distinguished paths for cycle riders?

 You go out and see that there are only two type of private vehicles on the road – cycles and cars! This is was really a unique thing for me. After looking at so many bikes all around the city, I was super excited to get one for myself from the very first day 🙂

Buying a brand new good quality bike is going to be an expensive affair if someone is starting life here from scratch. It is again a better idea to try hands on used bike to see what are your daily needs, before buying a new one.

Also, I found that the style and break operation were different from the one I used in India. Here it takes little efforts to get used to the coaster breaks (foot breaks).

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Around the City

It is the time to just go out and see where I will be spending the coming years of my life. When I stepped out from the cozy apartment, the day was still bright. The sun was still shining up in the sky even at 6 pm and it felt as if the nature was just playing tricks with us.
The very first crossing seemed to be at the heart of the city, the ‘Times Square’ of  Västrås. It is the First Hotel Plaza, the tallest building of this town.  The fountains at the square was making the scene livewhen everything around seemed so silent. After staying in a country with 1.2 billion people, this place was just too quite and too different.

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Travelling to Sweden

Flying from India

It was the month of August and a very significant day for my homeland- 15th August, the Independence Day of India. Ironically we were getting “Independent” from our own country to travel, survive and hopefully thrive in the new terrine.
It was my very second international journey and so I was already excited to travel in Airbus a380!
OMG! what a gigantic it was! At 4 am, my sleepy eyes got wide open to see the engineering masterpiece! yeah.. too much exclamation  I know..but can’t help it.

The lavish journey of 14 hrs came to an end and there we were! I still remember that bright sunny day with the cold breeze, I was lucky to arrive at the best time in Sweden. The drive of Stockholm Airport to Västerås was the one I will remember for lifetime.

My very first glimpse of Scandinavia! The clear blue sky with soft cotton like clouds, those lush green fields, red and white country houses and the 18 hour shining sun. With my tired yet amazed eyes, I felt I went back to some Yash Chopra movie and the feeling was more sizzling with my sweetheart by my side, holding my hands lovingly.

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