So I have not managed to write in the past few days, so will be covering off on the last portion of my trip and the last entry of my blog for now. I unfortunately am victim to the limited vacation time in the US and may not travel again for a bit!
Stockholm, Sweden was our next stop from copenhagen. In comparison a much larger city with a 'big' small city feel. We lucked out with fabulous weather the first day and decided to spend as much time as possible on the water. We took 2 boat rides around the city, 1 that took us around Stockholm, and the other which took us out to the archipelago- not realizing there were some 30,000 small islands all around stockholm. It's amazing to see how much of life here revolves around the water. It's one of the few cities in the world that the water in clean enough to swim in and can get relatively warm. We saw people just hanging out on rocks tanning, jumping into the baltic sea, enjoying various islands, kayaking, on their boats, etc. We met friends in the evening and enjoyed a nice Swedish meal and sat by the water in the evening ( the sun sets at about 11pm here!)
Stockholm offers a few interesting sites to see as well, so we tried to do those the next day when it was cold and rainy. The vasa museum is the most famous attraction of sorts- its basically a ship that was commissioned by the king in the 1600's (from what I remember) that sank 20 minutes after it set sail. Didn't really appeal to me but once we got to the museum I was rather impressed. 90 percent of what is displayed of the ship is real which was actually really cool but after an hour of being there we felt like we could do a phd on it! This is so worth it but not for more than an hour. The line to get in was crazy long and would have managed to take 1 hour in itself but fortunately I have a good travel buddy who managed to get us in!!
Helsinki, our next stop was a bit different from the last 2 nordic countries we visited. Not as eventful, not as much to see. We got our bearings, took a boat out onto the water in the evening, saw an amazing sunset, and were with great company - our friends joined us again in Helsinki.
Nothin in particular stands out as a must do here, or even a do.
Day 2 we decided to take an impromptu trip to Tallinn, Estonia- only a 1.5 hour high speed boat ride to check out a different country. The boat was awesome and very comfy and next thing you know we are in Estonia. The main attraction in Tallinn is the old forted medieval city- reminded us a bit of Dubrovnik actually. The architecture changes quite a bit here with more russian influences. The main castle was beautiful, the various churches, etc. The outskirts of the old town did not appear to be as interesting so we spent all of our time in the old city.
Overall a great way to end an epic vacation. We managed to do 12 countries which was absolutely insane but I wouldn't trade this experience for
anything. Hope you all enjoyed tid bits of our trip!
Talk to you from the west coast.