The Great Opportunity

11,700 miles and 42 days later, I'm headed back home. This trip went by in a blur, and it's crazy to think I fit 14 countries in such a short amount of time. My trip was filled with so many incredible sights and some great company. I was able to experience both sides of the …

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Ruins and Remnants

My Balkan tour continued after Athens towards Thessaloniki. Greek ruins are spread throughout the entire country, and its very surreal to see how the first civilizations began and developed. We stopped in Delphi, an ancient city that was once considered to be the center of the universe. Preserved statues and engravings tell the stories of …

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Off the Beaten Path

After my time exploring Estonia, I took a bus to Latvia and Lithuania. I didn't know much about the area beforehand, similar to most of my stops on this trip. It's always more exciting having no clue what to see or do when you arrive in a new place. I had about a week for …

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Amidst the Past

After a short 2 hour ferry ride from Helsinki, I made my way towards the medieval old town of Tallinn, Estonia. The Baltic region of Eastern Europe has a rich culture and history that seems to often get missed on tourists' plans. I definitely didn't know much about this area before my visit, but I …

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Saunas and Salty Licorice

As I have been traveling throughout Europe, I always make a stop in the nation's capital city. I expect the normal hectic activity of a large city with thousands of people; the traffic, the lines, the prices. However, when I landed in Helsinki, I could sense that it was different, which was a pleasant surprise. …

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The Scandinavian Splendor

I started my second backpacking trip in Oslo, Norway. From my past experiences in Scandinavia, I had very high expectations for this stop, and they definitely were met. Oslo is vibrant, serene and admirable. Even in the cloudy days, its colors shine through and create a welcoming atmosphere that everyone can enjoy. My first day …

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The End of a Journey

"We travel because we need to, because distance and difference are the secret tonic to creativity. When we get home, home is still the same, but something in our minds has changed, and that changes everything." 139 days ago, I wasn’t sure what to expect when boarding my flight out of Omaha, the most familiar …

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