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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Living Within the History

After finishing my lovely trip through Spain and Portugal in March, I hopped on another flight to Berlin. This was the start of my visit through the most central and eastern countries of Europe. Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland were the first three stops on my travel itinerary for April. I had visited Berlin …

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Luck of the Irish

Ireland was something out of a dream. It was my first country that I was traveling completely solo, my first time truly having to break out from what I’m used to. I already had very high hopes for what Ireland would bring; my grandparents were coming to visit, I was going to some culturally and …

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Belgium’s Treasure

As Brooke and I sat near the famous Mont St. Michel in northwest France, we tried to decide how we were going to continue on our planned journey of southern France. The trains were all full, and the buses were more expensive than we had hoped. Nothing major was drawing us to stay in France; …

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