Muted and Mutual Relationship With Iceland
I’m attracted to change and strength, to the challenge for the human body and mind. To discomfort, which mingles you down to the state where you finally recognize something new. To inconvenient situations, which open up the very robust version of yourself. It’s a game of the eternal improvement.
by IEVA JUODELE
photographer DARIUS MARKUNAS
I’m the element of water, carrying Nazare within myself. Alternately, I rise in waves and glitter as a flat surface of the ocean in the sun. My name is Simona and I work in the field of failures. I organize events for people to gather around and find out why failing is sound. The reason behind is to approach something we fear close enough, so that this could actually guide us in the future. Therefore, I also work as a consultant for start-up business development with a high focus on business transparency.
In the light of a very busy life, I tend to break my routine in pieces by challenging it with either travelling alone, or to lonely places, either by motorcycle or car, ferry or plane. I want to arrange the puzzle of the travelling experience myself, so I like my trip being really flexible and easy to modify, independently if it’s a solo ride or a ride with a company.
Icelandic route contained 2500km, coloured in grey, moss green, blue, constantly interrupted (or shall I say fulfilled) with the enormous amount of wind, which races itself in the wide endless plains. It does really feel that in Iceland you remain a small piece of the wilderness surrounded by unpredictability. Therefore, Iceland is like an indrawn friend, who never asks how it is going, yet, knows you very well. It allows you to develop a very deep, muted and mutual relationship with this country. For me, it was easy, as Reykjavik is not bigger in size than Zverynas – one neighbourhood in Vilnius. It‘s very compact, with its architecture being influenced by the element of wind. In Iceland, one might feel tiny and surrounded by mystery. There I learnt that I can actually handle truly, undeniably inconvenient situations; and in the extreme cases even find hidden gems of strength to move on. To discuss rather than fall out. To be flexible rather than refuse any raise of my personal limits.
During our stay at the locals’ home, I realized Icelanders are hospitable as long as it doesn‘t break their comfort zone. They provide you with privacy, safety and awareness of sustainable living. Recycling, farming, pragmatism is a huge part of their life, which helps them to sustain in this ever-changing nature conditions. People who wish to leave their warm and cosy comfort zone shall visit Iceland before its government places tourist quota, since they see tourism as a noise in their natural silence. However, silence might be somewhat wrong. It‘s rather a wind whispering behind the rocks and ripping off whatever hoodie jacket you are wearing on.