I’m getting mentally prepared to make Iceland 2.0 a reality. We’re tentatively planning to go again in early autumn this year.
It’s a three pronged attack.
1. prepare physically (plan is to cycle tour the Ring Road plus) by bicycle training and gearing up.
2. study hard at learning the Icelandic language (one of the more challenging of the world’s languages, IMO, up there with Zulu).
3. finish my travelblog(ue) about our last trip to Iceland (which is now quaintly dated but still rewarding and satisfying to revisit in memory as I work on it). Really, it would be too embarrassing to not be done describing the last trip before embarking on the next.
Fortunately, I’m rabidly motivated to do all three. My keyboard is set to Icelandic and my heart is tilting all my memory towards it.
Unfortunately, there is no time, there are more pressing agenda items, and, because of the long-term fruition, these are all things which are easy to get shunted for the projects that dominate the here-and-now.
So I’m dredging up old learned techniques for “finding the time”, like those pitched at new mothers. “Set priorities; collect scattered moments; let the housework go; fit into existing routines”, etc. Aside: one suggestion I’ve always remembered for its strange perversity is “Use your grocery basket to do bicep curls while you shop”. However, all these techniques usually devolve into “stay up later”, and “get up earlier”.
Good advice about bike touring Iceland: