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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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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Norwegian Fjords: Beautiful, Magical, Breathtaking.

Approaching the Seven Sisters. While all of Norway is beautiful, the fjords are breathtaking. It is surreal to be totally encased by enormous mountains in every direction. Waterfalls, vivid greenery, and small fishing huts line the mountainside and small, rocky shorelines, making you feel slingshotted into a Nicholas Sparks novel about a lady from the …

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Northern Arizona: The Land of Freak Snowstorms.

Beware of the 10. It's a 2-lane interstate and the most southern highway from California to Phoenix. A semi overturned and it became a parking lot because there is literally nowhere else to go. Purgatory. When you think of Arizona, what first comes to mind? It's probably something along the lines of hot, barren, desert, …

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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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New Orleans: The City of the Dead.

The storm??? Hurricane Katerina. Known as The City of the Dead, New Orleans is the most alive city I've ever been to. Whether it's the beauty and history of the French Quarter, the rambunctious and sensory-overloading Bourbon Street, the mysterious swamps, or the mixture of (very) colorful locals and overly carefree tourists, NOLA pumps energy …

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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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