“My hovercraft is full of eels!” and Other Common Icelandic Phrases

Jon Andrews
Earth Science Major
WMU Geology Club in Iceland

Hey yall,

I leave for Iceland TOMORROW and I am losing my brain over it because I have never traveled internationally before. I’m glad that I will be with a group of friends and two professors who are experienced at international travel to help me through the experience, hopefully preventing me from making any faux pas.

I suppose I should get down to some background info and introduce myself properly. My name is Jon Andrews and I am a grad student in the Geological and Environmental Sciences department and will be getting my MA in Earth Science once I finish up a few loose ends after the Iceland trip. I am a non-traditional student, and quite proud of it. It’s tough going back to school at age 32, thinking you know how the world works and finding out that you’re completely wrong.

Aside from being a middle-aged novice international traveler, I also have a disease known as Multiple Sclerosis. For those of you unfamiliar with MS (like I was two years ago), MS is an immune system disorder that causes my body to think that my nervous system is a threat and attacks it. The attack results in the myelin sheath being torn from the nerve cells. This causes my brain to fire like a pile of stripped power cords, resulting in the following symptoms found here in this list that I am way too lazy to type out because it’s finals week and I have been typing too much this week.

How the heck am I going to do all the cool things in Iceland like hike up a stream bed through a canyon to watch the water fall at Gljufrafoss? Thanks to a grant from The International Association of Geosciences Diversity we will have WiFi in our camp site so that my classmates can make a video call to me and have me view the trek from the safety of my tablet. Don’t you worry though, I will still experience as many things as I can and I will make sure to document it and share it with you.

I’m nervous. I have packed 5 times and I keep going over my list of stuff. It’s going to work out and all be amazing. This will be an experience of a lifetime, and when I get home I can take a nice hot shower and then a well deserved nap.

There will be plenty of pictures and blogs to come. Follow me @shoesasaurus on Instagram to see more pictures of my trip to Iceland.

Thanks for reading my Bronco Bloggers Abroad blog, if you would like to read my less formal (but still legal, kid friendly, and a great representation of what it is to be a Bronco) blog, please check out Jon Andrews Geosciences. It will be a conglomeration of geology, astronomy, and environmental sciences.

T-Minus 2 days and counting.

See you on the other side of the pond!

Jon Andrews, Geoscientist

PS: I do not have a hovercraft, and if I did it would not be full of eels.

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