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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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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Edinburgh, Scotland; Bagpipes and Mr. Boots 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

If I were asked, “What are the top five cities where you’d like to live for at least a year?”, Edinburgh would make the list. I’d put Edinburgh in the top three cities I’ve visited in Europe. There’s just something special about the Gothic architecture, vibrance of the city, and of course, the infamous dark …

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Berlin, Germany; The Fatherland 🇩🇪

I haven't sent in my “23 & Me” genetic testing kit (yeah yeah, the government is collecting our spit) [Edit: Hello from 2021. I did receive my 23andMe back. I am: 49% Ashkenazi Jewish, 25% NW European (German, Scotland, Britain, and Ireland), 22% Spanish, and 2% Native American] so I don't yet know exactly where …

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London, England: The Unofficial Capitol of the World.

Arguably the unofficial capital of the world, London is as overwhelming and amazing as it is old and historic. Each of the four days we spent in this capital city was jam-packed with things to do and brand-new experiences. I got to visit the world-renowned Stonehenge; saw the classic play Oliver, presented in its original homeland; …

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Norway; Mountains & Trolls 🇳🇴

Of all the European countries I visited, I'd say that Norway is, without contest, the most scenically beautiful and serene country. Norway didn’t have grand palaces like Russia, England, or Germany, but its natural beauty left those countries in the gutter. We visited 4 cities in Norway: Bergen, Alesund, Geiranger, and Hellesylt, although I would …

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