My First Visit to the Charming “Emerald Isle” 

Jenny here!

I was fortunate enough to spend nearly 2 weeks exploring the stunning countryside and coasts of picturesque Ireland, with a couple of days at the end spent in the city of Dublin. (This means this will be a long post.)

When I left on this journey, I had definitely planned to visit Ireland and Scotland at some point, because these were 2 countries that I hadn’t been to yet, and because I knew that I’d fall in love with the lush landscapes, scenic views and friendly and genuine people that are widespread in both places. I was especially lucky in the case of sightseeing in Ireland, as I had a personal, local tour guide in Derek.

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Prague, Czech Republic

Holy wow. Prague is mind boggling in such an amazing way. The city is littered, covered in graffiti in a lot of places, quirky with it’s random sculptures and absolutely beautiful. The buildings, the parks, the general landscape of it all… it is so wonderful. When I originally booked Prague, I had nine days scheduled in the city. Then I decided it was too much, so I looked for cheap flights to another location for a few days and eventually settled on a total of five days in Prague. This gave me more than enough time to see the city, do some research, settle in with a few books and whatever else I wanted to do. I arrived in Prague mid-day on a Saturday and immediately said “wow”.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

I had a quick visit to The Netherlands after Stockholm. I had visited before, so I wanted to take this trip to see a lot of the great museums in the city and spend some time out of the city center. In my two full days I did my best to squeeze in as much as I could while also trying to catch up on sleep at my Airbnb. What did I do? Here’s a quick rundown…

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Stockholm, Sweden and The Great Ben and Jerry’s Overdose

I arrived in Stockholm on a Friday morning with high hopes, a long to do list and immediate disappointment. The area around Central Station was far from attractive, the sky has opened up and the ground was bizarrely sticky. I hustled to my hostel, checked in and settled in for an uneventful afternoon.

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2 Weeks in Amsterdam…a Tour of Great Friends, Food, Festivals and loads of Fun! 

Jenny here!

Over my travels, I’ve been blessed to have met and made some people who have become great friends. One friend I met in Thailand on the scuba liveaboard was Jackie, who lives in Amsterdam. We have been constantly in touch and keeping up since we met at the end of March, and she had extended an invite for me to stay with her when I reached Europe, and she would host me for my time in Amsterdam and show me around her beloved city. When looking at a possible route for after Scandinavia, it made sense to land in Amsterdam in time to celebrate my birthday with a good friend!

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Copenhagen, Denmark

The train rolled into Copenhagen on a beautiful Monday afternoon and I was immediately in awe of the city. As I wandered to my hostel I took in some of the views that were on my list of things to do: Rosenberg Castle, The King’s Garden and more. I checked in and settled in to my room before coming up with a plan for the remainder of the day: grocery store dinner in the park. It was sunny and beautiful and I wanted to make the most of it. But when I stepped out of the hostel doors to head to the store the sky opened up and the rain came down in buckets. I changed my plans and grabbed a bizarre combination of foods to eat in my hostel bed. I spent the evening relaxing, reading, blogging and researching. The next day I had a lot planned and I wanted to be well rested!

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Hamburg, Germany

Almost 10 hours after leaving Texas I landed in Frankfurt, Germany. Why Frankfurt you ask? Well, it was the cheapest direct flight from Dallas to Europe. However, I chose to spend my time in Germany in Hamburg since I had read good things and it was on the way to Scandinavia. I had about 6 hours to kill in the Frankfurt airport before my train left for Hamburg, and my Priorty Pass Select lounge access came in handy once again. I plopped in a chair for the entire time with minimal movement and frequent naps. Then I started my first train journey in Europe.

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