64° 8‘ 7 n, -21° 53‘ 43 w
all is connected
Iceland let me fall out of my usual state of mind. Completely.
Even having traveled to all sort of different places, I’d never felt so remote before.
All the noises of the man made world disappeared.
Finding places where I could look around 360° without seeing a building, a person or anything really, maybe some horses in the distance.
The road I’m standing on, the only one for miles and miles, suddenly feels misplaced. Pushes me to step off the pavement and onto the grass.
Breath in, breath out, breath in – hold it for one second.
Suddenly I realize that it’s possible to imagine this world without humans.
It’s calm. It’s peaceful. I’m the intruder.
The Icelandic horses I mentioned?
Seeing them standing stoically in cold wind and never ending rain:
if survival is the goal, there is a lot one can adapt to.
It is a magical thing to experience that unfamiliar silence.
It widens the mind, opens the senses and especially with no one around, I started to feel a connection, that I too easily forget in our concrete palaces:
to the earth, the planet, the „real“ home, where we’re all from.
Midnight. Dark sky. Cold little raindrops land on my face.
My feet can feel the wet, soft mud under them.
I’m surrounded by cosy warm water and the raindrops form circles on the surface.
Without my glasses, everything gets blurry in the distance.
Blurry leaveless trees build a mystical background for the golden traces of steam, rising to the sky.
Did I dream that?
Next day, next lection in Icelandic scenery:
a greenhouse – filled with tomato plants, taller than me.
Yes, I’m sure that I am fully awake.
The affiliated restaurant serves tomato soup, tomato juice and tomato… ice cream.
Apparently everything on this island feels a little off.
When at my next stop a guy excavates the bread, that I am supposed to try, right next from the earth by the river, it almost feels perfectly natural.
Back to those horses.
They are not the only ones here, who adapt.
100% sustainable energy is possible.
And it could be elsewhere, too!
I do believe that it takes the will to change something above all else.
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