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The moment I see Reykjavik disappearing in the rearview mirror of our rented car, I’m starting to feel different. The landscape is changing and our road trip has now officially started. You can’t compare a capital like Reykjavik to any other capital in Europe. It often feels more like a village than a city. But you don’t go to Iceland for its urban life, you come to explore its extreme and magical landscape. And that’s what we’re doing now. We’re hitting the main road (route 1), pressing play on our Iceland road trip playlist, still not knowing exactly what’s waiting for us along the way.

I’m not gonna lie. When I travel I appreciate a bit of luxury. Well, let me rephrase that, I like to travel in style. I love design boutique hotels and they often come with a certain price tag. But at the same time I don’t want to spend my entire travel budget on a place to stay. So what if you could find an accommodation that’s both stylish and affordable?

When I heard that KEX was a hostel, not a hotel, I was a bit hesitant. Me, in a hostel? Does that mean I won’t have my own bathroom? But then I saw the pictures on their website and I knew this was exactly the kind of place I wanted to stay at in Reykjavik.

It’s impossible to describe Iceland in just a few words. As we were driving through the country I realized that you can’t compare it to anything else. It’s so unique, so beautiful. And of course super photogenic.

I’m working on my photos which I hope to share with you very soon. But I also tried to capture our road trip in a little video, which will give you a nice preview of the upcoming stories and photos.

You know when people ask you what’s the first thing you would save if your house was on fire? While some might save their children first (priorities, people), most will say they’ll grab their photo albums before running out the door / jumping out a window. Years of memories that you don’t want to lose. As a photographer the thought of losing my photos can literally keep me awake at night. And the problem is, having my house on fire is not even what scares me. Computers crash, laptops get stolen, external hard drives get lost or for no apparent reason stop working. Or I might just accidentally delete the wrong folder and empty my trash because I like to keep my computer organized.

So instead of waking up in the middle of the night and missing out on a lot of much needed beauty sleep, I decided it was time to come up with a foolproof photo organizing and back-up plan. Yes, I know backing up is something you’d rather do tomorrow than today. But if you make a pretty drawing of your strategy it’s so much more fun….. No? Just me?

I was not going to miss it this year! The first time I heard about it – I had just moved to London – it was after the fact. The next year I had already booked a trip to Madrid. So no, no matter what, I would not miss it this year. For someone who wishes there would be such a thing as a leisurely bike ride in London but at the same time loves everything else that comes with living in this city – including all its quirkiness – what better event to attend than The Tweed Run?