Helsinki, Finland: “The Pearl of the Baltic Sea”.

While Helsinki and Finland are lovely, with friendly people and charming historical sights, truthfully, it was my least favorite city/country duo that we visited. It was not because of the people, how we were treated, or even Helsinki itself, but compared to London, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Edinburgh, all of Norway, etc..., Helsinki felt just a …

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Lakes of Prescott: Watson, Lynx, & Goldwater.

Watson Lake. Prescott, Arizona’s three most popular lakes - Watson, Lynx, and Goldwater - could not be any more different from one another. Watson is a geographical wonder, with rocks that look like they were transported straight from Mars. Lynx and Goldwater are much more of a run-of-the-mill lakes, nice and relaxing, but nothing crazy. …

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The Superstitions: The Most Haunted Mountain Range in America.

Tucked far into a deserty corner of Arizona is a mountain range that is small, but very mighty. Located inside the Lost Dutchman State park, within three different counties (Maricopa, Pinal, and Gila), sits the Supes, as they are known to locals. This mountain range is located right outside the small city of Apache Junction, …

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Ålesund, Norway: Charming and Colorful.

Of all the European countries we visited, Norway was hands down my favorite. It didn’t have grand palaces like Russia, extravagant parliaments like England, or famous historical classics like Germany, but what it did have, that those countries lacked, was extraordinary natural beauty and unparalleled peacefulness. We visited Norway’s 2nd and 12th largest cities, Bergen …

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Dover, England: Home of the White Cliffs.

***Important note: as I researched for this blog to rewrite it, I found that the castle is currently open to the public; however, the underground secret wartime tunnels are temporarily closed due to Covid, and the underground medieval tunnels are currently closed due to “conservation work”. It is best to continuously check the website https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/dover-castle/

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Phoenix, Arizona: Volume 1.🌵

Shot of Northern Phoenix during the fires. Routinely ranked as the hottest state in the United States, during summertime Phoenix lives up to its claim to fame. We moved here at the very beginning of March, when it was still at a normal, functionable temperature, and were sadly fooled into thinking “this isn’t bad, what’s …

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Bearizona: Bison, Wolves, and Bears, oh my!

In northern Arizona, right off I-40 (one of America’s major cross-country highways), is a super cool place called Bearizona. It is exactly what it sounds like. Coined as a “wildlife and safari park”, the park is most known for the black bears that freely roam around (in an enclosed area; I’ll explain more in a …

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Evansville, Indiana: Angel Mounds State Historic Site.

About 8 miles southeast of Evansville, Indiana’s 3rd largest city, right next to the mighty Ohio River, sits a centuries-old Native American archaeological site that few know exists. Officially known as the Angel Mounds State Historic Site, it encompasses around 600 acres and was a large residential and agricultural community. It primarily “served as the …

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