Things I will miss about Europe

I don’t think I could live in Europe permanently, but it’s definitely a nice place to visit and I had a great time. Here are a few of the little things that I’m going to miss about Europe while I readjust to life at home here in the States:

(Some of these items are pretty specific to the cities that I visited in the Baltic Sea region. Some aren’t specific to Europe necessarily and can apply to many countries abroad.)

  • Smoked salmon all the time

    A delicacy I will miss
  • Being near the sea
  • Friendly Scandinavian people
  • Reading non-English signs
  • Drinking soda made with real sugar
  • Juxtaposition between a 1-year-old building and a 1000-year-old building
  • How a building is “modern” if it is primarily covered in glass
  • Cities claiming to be “the Venice of the North” (I visited 3)
  • Seeing TV adverts for Game of Thrones while I watch Home Improvement
  • Fabergé eggs

  • Castles
  • Throwbacks to medieval and feudal history in general
  • Winter palaces
  • Magnificent cathedrals
  • Bullet holes in scorched stone & brick walls
  • Royal seals and emblems
  • Histories of royal families
  • Dining al fresco
  • Dusting off my 6 years of French “skillz”

I had a lot of fun, and these are just a few of the little things that made my vacation spectacular. I hope I can go back someday.

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