A historical walking tour of Tallinn's Old Town

Tallinn is a quaint, medieval city of less than half a million people, located on the cold shores of the Baltic Sea. To historians, it’s known as the best preserved medieval city in Northern Europe (more on that later!), to techies, it’s known as the birthplace of Skype, to Olympic fact collectors, it’s known as the only city to host the Olympics that was not located in a country that won the bid for the Olympics, and to Finns, it’s known as the place to get cheap alcohol...

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11 facts that will make you want to visit Lithuania

Lithuania will surprise you and shatter all preconceived ideas you had about the country (if you had any at all!). After spending a week road tripping, Lithuania became one of my favorite countries in Europe, for it's lush, green fields, it's view into pagan folklore, and it's quite serenity -- largely due to the tourists that pass over it for Riga or Warsaw. If you've ever dreamed of visiting an underrated country, full of history, then Lithuania should quickly move up your list!

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Birthplace of Hip Hop Hush Tour

I’m a big advocate of day tours/activities while traveling — taking a local cooking class, signing up for a historical walking tour, singing your way through Salzburg, so when my friend asked me if I would be interested to go with her on a rap tour of Harlem & the Bronx in New York City, you know there was no hesitation...

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My travel favorites of 2017

I think I can say for most people around the world that 2017 was such a strange and heartbreaking, yet wonderful, year. As an American expat, I don’t even want to being to get into politics, and as someone whose current home base is Finland, I can’t begin to talk about climate change and the ramifications (which we see daily in the Nordics) of it, or I might just completely break down...

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A relaxing 24-hours in Helsinki

Helsinki has long been the overlooked capital of the Nordics. Tourists flock to Stockholm for it's ABBA and viking history, to Oslo for its greenery and accessibility to the fjords, Copenhagen for it's grunge-side and coffeeshop-lined waterfront, and Reykjavík for it's thermal pools. Helsinki is the second biggest of the capitals, surpassed only by Stockholm, but is often passed because it is thought to be one of the same...

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After a year of life in Finland: Part II

I moved to Helsinki in August 2016 and have spent the last 15 months confused, overwhelmed, and in awe. There were so many culture shocks and lifestyle changes that I didn't even consider -- it has taken a while, but I'm finally falling in love with living in Finland, so decided to share some stories and observations during my journey...

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Time in Bath: England's UNESCO World Heritage City

Bath is a small city in southwestern England, located in the rolling hills of Somerset. Bath is the only city in England to be granted UNESCO World Heritage Status, primarily for its ancient Roman buildings and infrastructure, its literary inspiration, and for providing picturesque cinema backgrounds...

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Prost to Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest: the name synonymous with being drunk, but so, so much more than that. Oktoberfest isn’t just about chugging as much beer as possible (although there are a lot of people that do ensure that it continues to live up to that idea)...

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If I had to pick restaurants in Lisbon..

Portuguese food is OUTSTANDING. Located right next to the ocean, Portuguese cuisine capitalizes on its local catch, especially cod and oysters. Its chefs highlight their fresh local produce, which is part of the reason why you may have never had a Portuguese dish...

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Portuguese tile making class (azulejos)

I'm one of those people that always signs up for a local cooking class while traveling. Does the info come back with me to my own kitchen? No. I'm still sitting here making the same chicken and lamb recipes I've always been making...

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Where to eat in Rabat, Morocco

After staying in Rabat for a month and eating out as much as possible (also can be read as: "every night because I was too lazy to cook and buy the things necessary for cooking"), I think I can safely give my top choices for eating out in Rabat...

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