Our trip to Iceland began with a long plane ride. We were greeted with cold weather and in anticipation of Orange County girls being unprepared for the obvious, Lydia planned a shopping trip to head off any problems. Girls and shopping is a classic combination which can bring out the best in every situation. As such, Vicki and Tamra started to reconnect. You could see they had a bond. They understood each other and hopefully, things will get better.
We finally arrived at Hotel Ranga — not been the five star accommodations we might have imagined, but it was still very luxurious. Our suites were decorated differently and each room was detailed with the country of origin’s specifications. The low table in Tamra’s room is where I saw she and Vicki connect again and I think something is brewing. My room was very comfortable, and I enjoyed the peace and quiet it offered.
That evening, Fridrik offered us Black Death (a specialty drink), fermented shark, and puffin. All I can say is that after I tasted the Black Death, I thought it would be better if I passed on the rest. Thank you to Fridrik for introducing us to these delicacies.
The following day, we explored a black sand beach on ATVs. Wow! It was stunning. The waves on the beach were glistening, and I don’t understand why the ladies weren’t enjoying the scenery. It felt as though everyone was a little bored and wanted to get back. I felt bad because I am certain Lydia spent time planning these outings. But that evening when she was inadvertently left out of the group text, I believe she was hurt. Why wouldn’t she feel sad? She planned this trip, and she should have been informed if people were not going to be joining us. I would understand if I was left out, but the one who invited us should be kept in the loop. Though Lydia’s feelings were hurt, Vicki was definitely taking on the role of big sister and counseling her to apologize for her behavior. Vicki stated that it is important that people can learn from her mistakes.
When we arrived at the glacier for our hike, we were greeted by Olaf, Soffia, and the 18 tons of equipment we had to strap on. Safety first! It was complicated gear. Throughout the hike, I kept hearing Shannon complain, not about anything in particular, just complain. We were in the middle of nowhere, it was stunningly beautiful. The views were breathtaking, and it was like we were on top of the world. Why are you still talking? Just be quiet and enjoy! I was so happy that I went on that trip. I missed my family, but I don’t think I would have experienced any of it if it weren’t for Lydia and Nobleman!
Finally, after a long day with so much activity, we headed off to our rooms to rest and get ready for dinner. Vicki told me she wasn’t feeling well. When I arrived, she was vomiting, had pain in her arm, and was sweating. It couldn’t be good. I was worried, scared and uncertain about what was happening. Thank goodness the police arrived and announced that the ambulance was on its way. I have never been so scared in my life.
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