Leaving for Iceland: Hannah

Hello! I’m Hannah, Sue and Sean’s eldest daughter who hasn’t been part of the “adventures of the madills” for a few years now since turning 18.

I’m 22 and in my third year at the University of Alberta, taking Elementary Education, with the goal of teaching primary grades in the Northwest Territories. (That’s the fun about being a student, it get’s easier to introduce yourself. The top questions are always: “what’s your major?” “what year are you in?” and “what are you going to do when you graduate?”)

About a month ago, I got a text from my mom asking if I could come home during reading week to watch Philippa while her and dad went on a trip. I said, “sure” and then a few minutes later she said that my dad couldn’t take the time off work and asked if I wanted to come to Iceland. I immediately said YES!!! in all caps.

I’ve been super into family history and reading and learning all about my ancestors who came over from Iceland. (I’ve lost many hours to familysearch.org) Last year I took a course on Scandinavian mythology at the University of Alberta, that went over the history and mythology of Iceland. (SCAND 341 with Natalie Van Deusen. I HIGHLY recommend it) The chance to actually go, especially after the rest of the family went twice, was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up!

Mom’s been all packed for the past several weeks, but I just packed before I left Edmonton. #studentlife, I don’t have enough clothes to be able to pack enough for a trip in advance. Of course mom wasn’t super impressed by my “nice dress” that I packed, because I focused on the “nice” aspect and forgot that it’s a pink cotton dress with a back cut out… in November. Luckily I brought another dark blue dress and she has a black dress she didn’t pack that I’m bringing.

I’m not sure how I’m going to blog about everything. Pictures, stories, comments, the usual stuff hopefully. I haven’t blogged in earnest since I was a moody teenager, and that was always locked down and now erased.

Mom’s twitter @symadill is definitely the best to follow for the travelly stuff. I’ll probably post pics on instagram @rad2themax occasionally. I’m going to try to write my account of the day after mom does, so there’s two views on the same day. We’ll see how it goes. 🙂

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