For the three weeks I’ve been in Iceland I keep feeling like I’m an explorer on another planet. I’m not sure if it’s due to me reading some old school sci-fi novels right now (an anomaly), or the fact that the sky keeps glowing green at night. Either way in Iceland everything is weird. I think the word for it is otherworldly. Actually I think the word otherworldly was created especially for Iceland. It is another world. I almost feel sorry for the author of said old school sci-fi novel because right now I am seeing crazier things than he imagined to be on another planet. All he needed to do is travel a bit and he would’ve discovered that all of his crazy ideas for what exists on other planets already exists on planet earth. For example today I went for a walk through a lava field to get to a glacier with massive ice blocks floating into the sea and onto a jet black beach. Then that afternoon we drove past some earth that was steaming. Now I’m waiting and hoping for the northern lights to appear and put on another magical show. Compare this to my beautiful home town Perth in WA. Blue balmy beaches, white sand, pretty parks. No ice blocks or glaciers or lava fields in sight. At night time we have some pretty spectacular star shows but I’ve never noticed any dancing green streaks in the sky. Anyway, I’ve decided after my foray into sci-fi that the world is more wonderfully varied, beautiful and bizarre than any of us mere humans could possibly have imagined.
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