Ana Raab


During the summer of 2016, I traveled overseas completely on my own for the 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, and confronted the stark beauty of Iceland—stretching myself along the way.

Follow my past and current journeys 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.