I found pictures from October.
RAVEN, YOU MUST FIND THIS AS HILARIOUS AS I DO!!
If you want to see pictures from any of the places I went, let me know and I can post some :)
Finland: Well obviously I think very highly of it. I came here in August of 2008 for Rotary Exchange, and at first I was using it as an escape from my life back in Canada. But this place has opened up places in my heart, that I would never have known if I hadn’t come. Now that I am back this summer to visit, I realize just how much I love it.
Estonia: It’s a fairly ‘new’ country, since it’s independence from Russia. Tallin has quite a few Finnish tourists, because the alcohol is much cheaper there. I actually rather enjoyed it, just because I love places with history. I’ve been there twice, once being in 2008 and another time, in summer 2010.
Russia: In May of 2009, I was in St. Petersburg. I absolutely loved it! The history, as I mentioned before, was just so amazing to see. I was able to visit the Hermitage museum, which literally took my breath away. It was so gorgeous. Also, I took a tour inside of “Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology”, which was very cool. I love science, and to be able to see some of the things there was very neat.
Sweden: February of 2009 I went with the host family that I was staying with at the time. We just went to Stockholm, and I thought it was really cool. We went by ship from Helsinki, so we stayed the night on the boat, and the next day had some hours to spend in the city. Mainly we just walked around, so that I could see everything, but it was very very cool. I also went in June of 2009 with my exchange group.
Denmark: June of 2009, with my exchange group we went to Copenhagen, which was also terrific. We went to see, “The Little Mermaid” statue, which was very cool. To be in the place where such a well known story was written, was cool. I got a massive sunburn this day however, which leads me to believe that the sun in Denmark hates me, hah.
Germany: June 2009. By far one of my favourite places that I have ever been to. We mainly stayed in Berlin, but I loved it. Seeing the place where the wall was, taking the typical “one foot on each side of the line, showing Easy and West Berlin” picture was cool. It was quite funny, because the day we went there, I didn’t even think about what I was wearing, and when I was looking through pictures later, I realized that I had a HUGE peace sign shirt on. It was just one of those life irony things.
The Netherlands: June 2009. Another cool place to go, which was very similar to Venice in Italy. I went on a boat tour of the city, to the Anne Frank museum (the actual secret annex!), to a clog factory, a cheese factory, and we stayed in a 5 star hotel. That was pretty cool, and I felt sassy haha.
Belgium: June 2009. We actually didn’t get to spend very much time in Brussels, but from what I saw, it was pretty cool. I liked the building structures in the main square, and well, the waffles…were good.
France: June 2009. I did the obvious, Eiffel Tower climb…but really I wasn’t too impressed. Personally I think it’s too talked up, and I found that most people that I met weren’t very friendly. It was cool to be there, but I much preferred the Louvre/Versailles Palace/Moulin Rouge. So, Paris wasn’t my thing. However, when we travelled to the south of France where there were mountains, I was in love. It was so beautiful! While in Cannes, I swam in salt water for the first time in my life. It was really awesome.
Monaco: June 2009. Beautiful, yes. Expensive, very.
Italy: The first time I was in Italy, was March of 2006. The second time, June of 2009. During my first time, I was in Sorrento, Capri, Rome, Venice, and Florence. I didn’t particularly care for Rome, because it was quite dirty, and I’m a germ freak. Also our tour guide got us lost for 4 hours, making us miss our supper. The second time I went, I was in Venice, Lido di Jesolo, and a few other small towns. It was beautiful, and one of my favourite destinations.
Austria: June of 2009. The tour group only stopped here for a few hours, but it was a pretty nice place. I didn’t really have enough time to form an opinion about it.
But yeah. I still want to travel to more destinations.
Oh, also I’ve been to Pennsylvania and Ohio in USA, since I have family there. Haha.