Ana Raab


In the summer of 2016, I traveled completely on my own for the very first time. Over the course of seven weeks, I wandered through Scandinavia exploring the Swedish heritage of my grandmother, made my way to Berlin by train, explored the stark beauty of Iceland and endeavored to discover a small piece of myself along the way (while doing my best to pronounce words like "Siglufjörður!").

Follow my past and future travels here.

Blue Lagoon

So the Blue Lagoon is most certainly a tourist trap, but one that I happily stepped right into, plastic iPhone protector in hand! How could I pass up taking a selfie in a geothermal glorified bathtub?! The Blue Lagoon is another of Iceland's beautiful natural wonders, as the salt water is heated entirely by the earth and filled with good-for-you minerals like silica and all kinds of other stuff. The bright blue hue is quite stunning, although I've heard it's perhaps not natural and instead a result of nuclear plant activity nearby. But who cares right?! Like I said, a complete tourist trap that I would happily wade right back into for a second dip.