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Here I am in Iceland for a quick pitstop before I head to Barcelona. This spring/summer is one of the gloomiest Iceland has seen in many, many years. Odd, yes, since the rest of Europe doesn’t know what to do with all the heat and sunshine they have been getting.  Apparently, Iceland rained Every. Single. Day in the month of May, and here we are in June and it’s been raining ever since I have been here. Oh well. I suppose people don’t come here for the sunshine, do they?

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Malibu, California

June 28, 2018
written by cijida5_wp

I love Malibu. This was my first beach visit of the year, and it couldn’t be more beautiful. What is it about hearing the waves crash that brings so much peace– And the sound of the wind whistling past my face that has me forgetting about all of my worries? I hope to get out to the beach more often now that the weather has started to clear up.  It’s been pretty chilly since January and today was really one of the first warmer days in a long time.

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Sitting in one of the most meditative spaces of the Getty Villa The beautiful Villa arches My view of the peristyle garden from the balcony of the Getty Villa

My daughter and I visited the Getty Villa, Malibu California and the day of our reservation happen to be during the warmest days of the year thus far.  The grounds, statues, and sculptures were all very impressive. We watched a short film on the history of the Getty Villa and took advantage of the free individual audio tour, which I recommend!

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Entering Rauðfeldsgjá through the massive crack on the Eastern side known as Botnsfjall. -1COn my way to falling downGerðuberg Cliffs were hard to get to, but totally worth the mini hike in the snow. 0C

Prepping to climb into the massive crack known as Botnsfjall.-1C Standing right in the middle of a roadMy Atlantic Ocean view from the black rock cliff Such an adventure! I had the opportunity to visit a part of Iceland I had never been to. Starting off in the city, the weather was fine…about 2C (36F), but as soon as I made it in the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, temps dropped and a snowstorm presented itself!

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Stockholm, Sweden

November 29, 2017
written by cijida5_wp

Gustavsberg, Stockholms Län, SwedenTwo adorable little summer houses in  Gustavsberg, Stockholms Län, Sweden

Skogskyrkogården is a cemetery located in the Enskededalen district south of central Stockholm, Sweden. It’s the most beautiful cemetery I have ever seen.The interior of the Stockholm Public Library The exterior of the Stockholm Public Library  Gamla Stan, Stockholm SwedenSodermalm marketKarolinska InstitutetAt Vete-Katten, having a fikaThe first day of the Christmas decorations on display at Harrods, Stockholm SwedenFotografiska (photography museum)

I was told by friends and colleagues that this is the worst time to visit Sweden since it’s the greyest most rainiest time of the year…The weather was in my favor as it didn’t rain at all, until the last day! It was quite humid and freezing though.  I explored the city and a bit of the countryside during my visit. I hope to be back during a summer!

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