Sunday, September 21, 2014

nykeiko travels: Day One in Reykjavik in Pictures

Day one in Reykjavik started when we landed just a bit before 6 a.m. Like I mentioned before, we were stuck on the tarmac for more than an hour due to hurricane Cristobal's high winds. When we finally escaped, we picked up our rental car, grabbed some breakfast and coffee at Reykjavik Roasters, checked into our apartment we booked via Airbnb, napped and had lunch at Dirty Burgers and Ribs just before driving out to the Golden Circle for some geyser action. For dinner, we checked out a local fare, Snaps which was just a few minutes from our apartment. A jam-packed first day but totally worth it!

Watching the movie that inspired our trip to Iceland on the plane: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Weekend snapshots and oh, I'm one year older!

At Harpa in Reykjavik
I'm still in an Icelandic state of mind and haven't had much time to write here. My birthday, visits from family (my cousin from SF and Dave's cousin+mom+baby+husband!) and a wedding last week has made our being back home quite hectic. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

In pictures: Snapshots from Betsey Johnson's Spring Summer S/S 2015 "Pre-Nup" Runway show

Betsey Johnson 'Pre Nup' Spring 2015 NYFW show
Iceland was amaaaazing and it was a bit sad to leave the ethereal landscapes and come back to a bustling city with no mountains, glaciers or roaming wild sheeps in sight. But what made it a bit easier for me is to have a seat at the Betsey Johnson's NYFW show waiting for me (Thanks T.Y.!)

I was ready for NYFW but not my feet. First day back from Iceland. 

This would be my first time attending a Betsey Johnson fashion show and it is probably the most entertaining fashion show I have experienced thus far. I mean you've got drag queens, real housewives and a transgender model (from America's Next Top Model) taking the runway; Christina Milian in front row (what is she up to nowadays?), cameo by Dancing with the Stars' Tony Dovolani (Betsey's partner on the show), a dedication to marriage equality (yay!) and finally, seeing Betsey's signature cartwheel split (with her granddaughter!). All there. Am I missing something? Probably. There was so much going on. I'm happy to see first hand why there's always a buzz echoing from NYFW's most eclectic show. I wouldn't necessarily wear any of the clothes because you know, I'm married and not because I would dare wear a sheer wedding dress with furry pom-poms covering my lady bits. I was trying to figure out which items are the buyers interested in. Her clothes are just a tad too crazy for me but fun to see on the models. I caught myself giggling a few times. Some of the models were just so quirky. Actually, all of them.

Who goes to a fashion show and forgets her camera? Me! But handy iphone in hand, I got some pretty decent pictures from second row. Enjoy!

First Look

#TBT=#ThrowbackTravels #22: Jökulsárlón Lagoon, Iceland

This is throwback to last Thursday (okay, Wednesday)... 
There's going to be a ton of posts about Iceland. You have been warned...

Monday, September 8, 2014

nykeiko travel: Instead of the aurora borealis, we saw this... [Bárđarbunga, Iceland]

Red glow from Bardarbunga volcano seen from our campsite by Lake Myvatn  
(Tomorrow is our last day in Iceland. Feeling pretty darn sad right now).

After almost a week of rain and cloudy skies, we finally enjoyed some sunny days and clear(er) skies north of Iceland. That's also when I started waking myself up at random times during the night in hopes of catching a glimpse of the aurora borealis. At our campsite by Lake Myvatn with minimal city lights, I was hopeful to see some light action. I peaked my head out of our tent at random hours of the night (1:00, 2:00, 3:00 a.m.) but saw nothing. Just plain old boring shiny stars (no, no, they were also pretty especially the shooting stars.) At around 3 a.m., I decided to make a trip to the bathroom to make good use of my time and that's when I noticed a bright red glow from afar coming from the direction where Bárđarbunga is suppose to be. About 110 km away. You know Bárđarbunga, that volcano on the news you surely heard about and that has made many people question why we were still going to Iceland for our vacation destination. The fact is, we knew (hoped) that the volcano would not affect much of our itinerary and it really didn't. 

As you can see on the map below, everything north of the volcano was closed off due to the potential risk of flooding, but we had no plans of going there at all. Lake Myvatn falls right on top of the closed off area and that's where we spent one night close to "danger". Just close enough for me to get these pretty cool pictures. It's no spewing lava or anything but that's perfectly fine with me. (If you want to see spewing lava, click on the volcano's live webcams here!)

More pics..