07 Jan Serenity in Iceland (KEF)
The woes of standby life can be often looked at as a negative in the flight attendant world. However, there are times when you are called for duty and you can’t believe the destination that was just assigned to you.
It was a regular day on standby for me. I was in my Queens crashpad watching Netflix. Excited that several seasons of A Different World was now available for me to go back down memory lane. It was close to almost 4pm and I still hadn’t been assigned anything. I reached out to my brother to see what his plans were for the rest of the day. He only lived about 15 minutes from where I was. As soon as I sent the message to him my phone began to ring. I see crew scheduling calling (rolls eyes). I had already checked open time and nothing was available so I thought to myself someone must have called out. I answered and listened to the automated recording deliver my assignment. My eyes lit up and I began to jump up and down with excitement. I WAS GOING TO REYKJAVIK, ICELAND!!!!!!!! I could not believe it and it was a nice 48 layover. WHOOO HOOO!!! The first thing on my list to do was book The Blue Lagoon.
When we finally arrived in Reykjavik we deplaned outside. OMG!! No better way to get you braced for the arctic cold. The ride to our hotel was an hour long. The roads are completely deserted and very few street lights. Talk about scared to break down out there. We arrive at the hotel, have breakfast and get some sleep. There is a 4 hour time difference from eastern standard time so I still needed to rest. I was beyond thankful my layover was 48 hours so I didn’t have to rush and do everything in one day. I booked the lagoon for the next day so I could explore what was in close proximity to me.
The strange thing about Iceland is the sun didn’t even come up until 9:30am. Actually, I wouldn’t say sun more like a dim gray light. I never saw the sun the entire time I was there. Downtown Reykjavik reminded me of a little town that was built on top of a table. The cute buildings and lava rocks that covered the streets were all so breathtaking. I ate fresh salmon and vegetables on a skewer. It was divine. After dinner, I ventured into some of the cute gift shops that were overflowing with Puffin souvenirs. I had to grab something for my girls before I left.
The next day was the day I had been waiting for. It was Blue Lagoon time!!! Our bus picked up and we traveled an hour away from town. Again it was another deserted adventure except for the Port town of Hafnarfjordur that we breezed through. Walking into the entrance of the lagoon was more than I had anticipated. You could not just enter from the bus into the facility. We had to walk about 5-7 minutes through the lava rock like maze. That time may seem short to you, but when the wind is blowing and it feels like the Polar Express outside it felt more like 50 minutes. We hurry to get changed into our swim wear and head outside. Now you won’t have time to stand around and contemplate what part of the lagoon you want to enter first because the cold on your skin will make you want to swan dive into whatever part you can get to first. Once in the hot springs my entire soul was held captive. The feeling was amazing. The warmth was so comforting and soothing. It was heaven on Earth. I made my way over to the Silica mud mask bar to give my skin a little mini facial. I had a glow for days after this. It was truly amazing!! For a few more hours I floated through the water thinking nothing about the worries of the world. I let go of any stress and just let my mind & body relax. The feeling was overwhelming.
I still think of those moments often. I pray I can go back and take my family with me. Everyone should experience that feeling as it was like no other.