Connecting ON THE ROAD
One of the coolest secret places I’ve ever seen.
Walking down this dark pathway, you could feel a wave of warmth fluttering by. I had my headlight on, crawling and moving patiently over the rocks, past the nooks and finally got to the other side where a few other travelers were standing, crouching and appreciating this hidden gem. I hopped down to get on one of the lower rocks because of course I wanted to touch the 42.5 degree water INSIDE THIS COOL CAVE!
A confident guy beside me seemed to be quite the adventurer. I had my GoPro in hand under the water filming and I watched him drop his watch beside me. For a second I just stared at him thinking he was an idiot for throwing his watch in the water, and then he clarified after catching my expression.
"It’s waterproof and it has a thermometer built in it."
"What do you guess the temperature is?"
"38" I said.
He guessed 42 (from what I remember). We chatted a bit, I was very interested in his story. He was in Iceland to run a marathon in the city, Reykjavik meanwhile traveling with his father and sister whom I saw a little while later. I was so comfortable in his company, the conversation flowed very naturally. “42.5” he said, “I win.”
We had spent about 5 minutes in the cave waiting for the temperature to come up and once we had it confirmed, we made our way back outside. I said it was nice to meet him and he replied that it was a pleasure.
Most often when I meet people I like to get their contact information because I like to stay connected of course! For example through this connection if I was ever to travel to Hungary, I’d stop in and pay him and his family a visit and I’d expect no less from him if he was in Canada. This time I let him leave without saying anything about getting contact info for whatever reason.
That evening, Jeff and I made a stop into Myvatn’s Nature Baths. It was 35.00$ entrance fee, sooooo worth while! It was the best hot spring we hit in all of Iceland. I mean the photos are beautiful but how do I put into words some of the things we experienced? I guess I can only try.
Turquoise, light blue, pale silky water. It felt thick and slippery. The water fought me as I tried to walk through, in a gentle way. Resistant against my thighs and calves, like silk caressing and massaging you simultaneously. It warmed every inch of my being, especially with the view. I watched the sun set for quite a while - she took her time. The layout of the hot spring made it seem like one of those infinity pools, as if the water was spilling over the edge of a cliff. Tall, bold mountainous peaks surrounded us. The steam rolled along the surface of the hot water as the air grew thick and chilled. Italian, French, Spanish, British and everywhere in between; couples from all over the world embracing one another. This warm body of water was filled with love and satisfaction.
What do you know, as the universe would have it, when two people are supposed to keep in touch with one another they will be! It’s as simple as that. I turned around to face the entrance of the hot bath, everything was quieter by this time. The sky was dark and filled with dense spread out clouds. Everything was losing it’s illumination. It was hard to distinguish colours, things were more easily defined by contrast.
There he was. Smiling at me, Adam, the Hungarian. Close behind were his sister and father.
“What are the chances?"
“I know right!”
So there we all were, myself, Jeff, Adam and his family all in a circle chatting and enjoying the company. People were quite closed off in Iceland so meeting friends even for 5 minutes gave a greater sense of connectedness and appreciation as it was such a rare event. I made sure to tell both Adam and his sister my name on Facebook although I figured the chances of them remembering were very unlikely. I hoped they would though. I wished him luck in his marathon coming up in a few days.
Back in Canada, I got an add from him on Facebook, then I asked him for his sister’s info so I could connect with her. We had some great conversations over messenger and did our best to reminisce our trip, exchanging opinions and feedback from our different experiences. He sent over a great video of Hungary, I’d love to go one day. Apparently it’s filled with hot baths, one of the largest thermal lakes in the world I believe!
In the end, more memories, more connections, more friendships, and more of the universe working her magic to bring people together.