Uni-Packing in Iceland: Day 4

After three days of Icelandic gravel roads, it was finally time to ride on the famous Laugavegur hiking trail. Day 4’s route was almost 30 km long, through colored mountains, snow slogs, and rocky volcano valleys. I knew it was going to be tough, but I didn’t expect to get injured near Landmannalaugar and have to decide whether to push on or turn back. I managed to dredge up a bit of mental toughness and pushed on. And I’m very glad I did. Continue reading “Uni-Packing in Iceland: Day 4”

Uni-Packing in Iceland: Logistics

In July of 2017, I embarked on a 6-day mountain unicycle/trekking trip through a series of gravel roads and then on the Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls hiking trails. In the interest of open-source knowledge sharing, here is a ridiculous amount of logistical information from the trip, including a packing list (with item weights!), food breakdown (also with weights!), route itinerary, and recommendations for accommodation on the trail. Enjoy, future adventurers! Continue reading “Uni-Packing in Iceland: Logistics”

Becoming Iceland’s “Crazy Unicycle Girl”

In July of 2017, I completed a 150-km backpacking trip with my mountain unicycle through gravel roads and over the Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls hiking trails. The hiking trails were by no means remote, so I often encountered surprise, disbelief, and even some scepticism. “But why do it on a unicycle!?” My exact responses varied, but the core idea was the same: I had planned the trip to challenge myself. To force myself to do something outside of my comfort zone. And I succeeded. Continue reading “Becoming Iceland’s “Crazy Unicycle Girl””

A Wedding in Chile

Let it never, ever be said that the Chilean people lack warmth or hospitality. I learned this lesson well in March of 2016, when I flew to Chile for a two-month backpacking trip to celebrate the completion of my Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. Less than 48 hours after landing in Santiago, I found myself in a situation I had never imagined in my wildest dreams – adopted by a Chilean family and invited to be a member of their wedding party in Valparaíso. Continue reading “A Wedding in Chile”

Listen to This: Rock Edition

I listen to a variety of music, but the broadband genre called “rock” has long been and continues to be my favorite category of music to listen to. From soothing, soul-touching bluesy rock to head-banging metal, the genre has it all. And it’s a crying shame that so much amazing music is out there, but never makes it to the radio to be consumed by “the masses”. To counteract that, at least a little bit, here is a brief collection of my favorite rock songs that you might not have heard before. Plug in, turn up, and rock out, audiophiles! Continue reading “Listen to This: Rock Edition”