We awoke to the first truly sunny day we'd had in Iceland, and we made the most of it by wandering outside, taking in the buildings, the waterfront, and the impressive Harpa concert hall.
We had time for a stop by the Culture House where some of the oldest copies of the ancient sagas are on display, along with some contemporary Icelandic artwork on the upper floor....
...and then, sadly, it was time to make our way to the airport, enact the incredibly sketchy (though undeniably convenient!) rental-car return plan, and wing our way back home.
We had an amazing time on this trip. And although this was a great chance for the two of us to strike out on our own a bit, our "real lives" back home were always close as well. We felt the support and generosity of so many friends with us in spirit each day, as we ventured to places and met people that we never would have known except through our friends.
Normal life starts up now, with Lauren returning to law school and me returning to work. But we're so grateful to have had the opportunity to have this adventure together.