S5-EP1: Debbie & Sam Explore Iceland With Two Grandchildren
Debbie and Sam debrief a recent trip to Iceland with two of their grandchildren: the best parts and the one big mistake they made.
Welcome to Season 5 of [B]OLDER where Debbie Weil talks about “making the most of growing older,” both the good and the not-so-great parts of aging.
But today it’s all GOOD.
Becoming a grandparent is something many people look forward to. Debbie and her husband, Sam Harrington, are lucky enough to have six grandchildren thus far.
In this episode she chats with Sam (aka “Ba”), to debrief their trip to Iceland this past summer with two grandchildren.
They talk about why they chose Iceland, and which grandchildren they took with them – and why – and how Dorothea and Lius fared as fellow travelers with their grandparents.
They both remark on the stunning natural wonders of Iceland, most notably the glaciers, the volcanic lava fields, and the waterfalls.
They also reflect on their experience as grandparents and how it’s (mostly) different from being a parent.
This is a leisurely conversation and perhaps most useful if you have grandchildren or if you have ever considered traveling to Iceland.
No matter why you’re listening, be sure to get to the last few seconds… for a nice surprise.
Mentioned in this episode or useful:
- Trapped (excellent TV series filmed in Iceland)
- Höfn (Icelandic fishing town on the southeast coast)
- Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon: the marvelous (wet-clothes) hotel they stayed at for two nights
- Heimaey: largest island in the Westman archipelago south of Iceland. A 1973 volcanic eruption on Heimaey lasted for six months and prompted the evacuation of all 5,000 residents. The main town has since been rebuilt.
- Eldheimar Museum: award-winning museum on Heimaey island depicting the volcano eruption
- Tips on traveling with grandchildren
- Backroads Adventure Travel
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