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To conclude my solo journey around Reykjavík, I finished my days at the Galaxy Pod Hostel. After I packed all my things, I left Three Sisters Guest House, said farewell to my host and friend Thor, and began the 2.5-kilometer walk towards my newest accommodation. An easy trek considering luck was on my side and all I had to do was walk down the same street for 30 minutes. Through the tourist attractions and “gift shop district” of the old town, I slowly made my way. Passing the city to my right and to my left, through each intersection, the breathtaking views of the Icelandic geography.

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The hostel was easy to find since it is in a large developed area and my directions involved little to no complications. There I dropped off my bags and went out to do some more exploring before my 2pm check-in. Fortunately, this was one of the better days to be outside weather-wise, and I was also doing well with my budget, so I treated myself to a lunch at a restaurant and passed the time writing in my journal. After picking up a couple snacks from a grocery across the road, I returned to the hostel to check-in.

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Prior to this moment, I had no idea what to expect from hostel life, but after a little coaching from a well-traveled friend and seasoned hostel hopper, I felt mentally prepared for what to expect. Fortunately I got incredibly lucky at Galaxy Pod. As far as first experiences go, this one takes the cake! The staff was exceptionally kind and helpful. They offered discounted breakfasts and dinners all while there was a fully equipped kitchen to host any other meal planning needs you may have. With a fully stocked bar and a movie playing almost every night in the common room, I started to feel like I was in college again.

For the Zenon fans, this is what I imagined living on the main space station would be like in the year 2049. My personal pod was in a room of 24, but for others interested in trying, there are a variety of room options to choose from varying in sizes and privacy.

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In moments of needed solitude or travelers exhaustion, it is nice to go into the pod, with no windows and really absorb the moment of rest. While the world keeps turning, it feels like the human version of recharging. While the pods are not soundproof, it is still quite cozy to take off your outerwear, tuck into the pod, close the door and get a good nap, or just watch a movie on Netflix. Whichever your version might be of recharging, this little space makes you feel like once you are ready to emerge, you will have arrived in a future universe.

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I really enjoyed taking a few hours to myself in the pod during the days to rest or wait out bad weather only to arise at 10pm just in time to catch sunset pictures! At the end of the day, it was nice to enjoy the common area as well, take advantage of the happy hour special, and just watch the clouds pass through the mountains. Galaxy Pod is a special place, and I am forever a fan of this efficient accommodation service. Since returning from my trip, I have since seen pod style hostels and hotels from all around the world. So even if your plans are not taking you to Iceland this summer, be sure to check out if there will be a pod in your destination of interest. And if you are going to Reykjavík don’t forget to look for my tag on the community wall at Galaxy Pod!

 

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Located near the Old Harbor district in Reykjavik Iceland, the quaint space of Three Sisters Guesthouse offers a homely accommodation for any weary traveler. As I made my way to the city center from the airport, still flooded with adrenaline after arriving in 33mph winds, I am anxious to meet my host and see where my journey abroad will begin. My connection with Three Sisters came on a whim, but I was eager to know more about the guesthouse as the opportunity grew closer.

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My husband, just over 2,000 miles away, is in Helsinki, and I am on my own traveling solo for the first time since we got married in 2015. My emotional levels ranging from a sense of vulnerability to a peaking awareness of independence. After getting from the plane to the bus, to the van, to the front door of Three Sisters Guesthouse, I am greeted by the kindest face a tired traveler can see! Thor, the owner of the facility, greeted me as family and escorted me to my room on the third floor. Although I have never been there before, somehow space felt familiar. As if walking into your Grandparents home only to sleep in what once in time was your own parents’ bedroom.

 

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In the entryway was the coat rack and bathroom and just passed that in the corner was a kitchen and opposite to that was a small coffee bar. Past the bed, on the opposite side of the room, two wing back chairs framed the coziest view of the neighboring corner store. Thor sat down with me on the wingback chairs and we talked about my travels, his company, and our spouses. As if visiting a relative I havent seen in a long time, it was comforting and easy to talk.

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Then all at once, I was alone, abroad, and amazed at the situation I found myself in. Gazing out the window of the overcast neighborhood, I wondered what the week ahead would have in store. First and foremost a meal was in my near future, since I was traveling on a budget groceries were needed. The following few days would be filled with window gazing and neighborhood wandering.

What started out as a spontaneous journey to the island of Iceland, turned into a surpriginly comfortable journey to a place of framiliarity. Three Sisters Guesthouse made traveling easy when every nightless night I could sit in the window ledge watching the moon and occasional pedestrian pass in the dusk light. Waiting for the streetlights to come on became an evening ritual as it would be well after midnight before the flicker of electricity would grow into a luminous light. Just enough to glow into the shadows in the sidewalk.

For anyone looking to have a cozy home away from home expereince, please consider this darling space. It truly is pleasure to stay here, and easy when all that you need is easily available in the various studio apartments to chose from at Three Sisters Guesthouse. Best of all, Thor will be your first friend in Iceland.

This post has been in collaboration with Three Sisters Guesthouse.

 

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As I have mentioned before on the blog, my love for leather goods runs deep. The smell, the texture, the way every piece tells a story, I don’t believe there is another material like it! So when a local Finnish designer asked to do a collab, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity!

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Luava is a little company with big dreams. Established only a few short years ago, the designer has evolved a few simple goods into a full-fledged lifestyle!

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Impressive as that may be, the ideas just keep flowing. Which makes sense when the name itself is a play on words. In Finnish, luova means creative, and adding the extra a simply creates a more charming dialect to a beautiful word.

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One huge perk from this collaboration is my new outstanding camera strap! Customized with a cheeky personal detail, it is easily my new obsession and just the right detail to boost my photography inspiration. Cause let’s be honest, these generic straps scream tourist! FullSizeRender.jpg

Huge thanks to Luava for this collaboration, and even more gratitude for my killer new camera accessory. Check out all of their creations here, and follow on Instagram here. Until next week,

xx – nasty trash

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Calling all Punavuori people! There is a new cafe in the neighborhood! Levain is the place and it is on point with the trend, menu, and atmosphere. Rumor has it everything is made in house too, only outsourcing to local suppliers for special offers.

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This morning is the second time I have eaten here. After only opening its doors a week ago, popularity has picked up!  I am grateful to see the healthy business for a one of a kind experience vs having just another franchise chain to conform to, but Punavuori is special like that. Almost everything is one of a kind here.

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Levain is no exception with authenticity. After previously housing a trendy restaurant a few months last year, it closed their doors for the Christmas holiday (a common practice in Helsinki). For months afterward, they kept a sign in the window extending their “holiday” vacation into the early months of spring.

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Finally, as Spring rolls around, this new beautiful little space graced our neighborhood with some delicious eats and treats. If you’re in the area, it is a must, you won’t be disappointed!

xx – nasty trash