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 Magnitude of a Moment

“Do I need to remind you of the finite nature of life? It’s like the song says, enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think.” Life is so fleeting; memories come and go every second. Moments with the people we love, in the places that take our breath away, and the emotions we crave. Each day …

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A Yearbook of Travelers

"A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles."  - Tim Cahill My journey abroad was one filled with days of both quiet solitude and joyful laughter. Nearly every day, I met someone new. Just when I would begin to feel lonely in the vast world, I would meet someone who brought a new …

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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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The Art of London

I have grown up learning to “expect the unexpected.” That phrase has followed me throughout my entire lifetime, and many instances have proved it to be true. But London, let me tell you, is the epitome of a place where you need to anticipate what you thought you never would. I love this city, I …

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Upward and Onward

I’ve been on dozens of planes in my life, each feeling different emotions. I’ve felt the nerves kick in while flying cross country to national gymnastics meets. I’ve felt sheer joy coming home with my teammates after winning a national championship title for cheerleading. I’ve felt excitement when trekking to Montana to reunite with my …

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