Eurotrip!

Eurotrip!  I traveled for 2 months through 10 countries in eastern and central Europe; it was quite the adventure! I’ll write about my adventures in each country, but in the meantime, here’s a quick photo tour of my trip.

Countries visited:
Sweden -> Finland -> Estonia -> Latvia -> Lithuania -> Poland -> Prague Czech -> Munich Germany -> Greece (5 islands!) -> Budapest Hungary.
I wasn’t planning on backpacking through Europe for two months. I had stopped working a couple of weeks before, and decided I wanted to take a trip before starting a new job. But where to go?
Adventures through 10 countries, including the Czech Republic
Adventures through 10 countries, in Europe. Prague in the Czech Republic was one of my favorite cities!
The Baltics intrigued me – the trio of former Soviet Union countries that border the Baltic Sea.  I had only planned to travel for a 2-3 week trip to the Baltics – Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania – but loved it and kept extending my trip. I’d never been to any of those countries, and didn’t know anyone that had been to any of them either. Imagine visiting a place that wasn’t even a country when you were born. Fascinating!
To get into that region I flew into…
Stockholm is nearly surrounded by water, so a boat photo was a must
Stockholm is nearly surrounded by water, so a boat photo was a must

Stockholm, Sweden!  Coincidently, I have friends in Sweden that I met on my southeast Asia trip. I stayed with a friend that I had last seen while snorkeling with whale sharks in the Philippines. Click that link to see what that was like.

Then I hopped a $37 flight to Helsinki for a quick stop in Finland. I met up with another friend that I met on my Asia trip – we had last connected for a few nights in Beijing. Five years later, reunion in Helsinki, Finland!
Jumping in Helsinki
Jumping in Helsinki
I didn’t actually realize how close Finland was to Estonia. I took a 90-minute ferry Tallinn, Estonia. It’s so easy to get to, and thus you can feel the influence of so many Fins coming to visit.
I loooooved Tallinn! There was just something about it that I was drawn to – I explain in more detail (with photos like this one below) in future posts.
This photo looks like Moscow but it's actually Tallinn, Estonia
This photo looks like Moscow but it’s actually Tallinn, Estonia
Then I took buses to Riga in Latvia and then to Vilnius in Lithuania. It was so easy to get from city to city via bus (thanks Lux Express!).  The Baltics are so interesting, with impressive architecture in each country.
Riga's architecture is fascinating; notice the huge faces on the buildings
Riga’s architecture is fascinating; notice the huge faces on the buildings

I was planning to meet friends in Prague, but since I was passing through Poland anyway, I budgeted a 1-day stop in Warsaw and another in Krakow on the way over. I still need much more time in Poland, but it was on the way so I got about 24 hours in each.

Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw, Poland
Heads rolling in Krakow
Heads rolling in Krakow

I loved Prague – I had high expectations and it met them. I could have spent weeks exploring there. It was magical!

Jets opening day (American football) - I searched the entire city for a bar that might have the game on. Success!
Jets opening day (American football) – I searched the entire city for a bar that might have the game on. Success!
At that point I was (surprisingly) getting a little tired of old medieval cities. Prague is amazing, but towards the end I was ready to switch it up. I was craving something different – nature, wildlife, or a beach. Hello Greece!
Prague has fairytale architecture
Prague has fairytale architecture
It was expensive to fly out of Prague for some reason, but really cheap from Munich. I needed a few hours of WiFi to catch up on things anyway, so I hopped a bus that morning and headed to Germany. It just happened to be the first days of Octoberfest!
Prost! Everyone's thirsty at Octoberfest!
Prost! Everyone’s thirsty at Octoberfest!
I went to opening weekend of Octoberfest. The people, the outfits - everything at Octoberfest is so much fun!
I went to opening weekend of Octoberfest. The people, the outfits – everything at Octoberfest is so much fun!

I arrived in Munich on that Saturday, just in time for the opening weekend of Octoberfest. I spent 2 days meeting new wonderful people dressed up like these (above). Then spent a day exploring Munich before hopping a flight to Crete.

Create's beautiful water
Create’s beautiful water
Nearly every afternoon had an impressive sunset like this in Crete
Nearly every afternoon had an impressive sunset like this in Crete

I actually couldn’t even locate Crete on a map before I went, but I figured once I get to Greece I could island hop. Crete was much larger than I thought – nearly 6 hours from end to end, but so worth it. Beautiful beaches, affordable lodging, delicious food. I’m so glad I went!

The water at the beaches in Crete was sooo beautiful!
The water at the beaches in Crete was sooo beautiful! 
While I was in Crete, my friend Cho was in Mykonos, so we met up in the middle in Santorini.  A year earlier we sat next to each other at the same job, and there we were on separate trips meeting up on the other side of the world. So much fun!
Santorini - with iconic blue rooftops
Santorini – with iconic blue rooftops
Santorini’s famous for epic sunsets, and the views live up to the hype.  Towards the end I met a new friend, so he joined my adventure as I continued on to the underrated island of Ios. Then Mykonos and Paros.
I went to 5 islands in Greece, each with a slightly different personality than the last.
View from my hotel in on the island of Ios in Greece
View from my hotel in on the island of Ios in Greece
Then historic Athens.
Historic Athens
Historic Athens
I finished my trip in Budapest, meeting up with some new friends that I met on the small island of ios.
Budapest turned out to be one of my favorite destinations of my trip. It rained nearly every moment of every day, yes I still loved it. I can’t even imagine how much I’d enjoy it if it was remotely nice weather.
Budapest is underrated - loved it there!
Budapest is underrated – loved it there!
I’ll be posting about every one of the places I’ve mentioned, with stories, highlights, and photography of my experiences. It was quite the adventure!
View from the window
Flight home sweet home. It was quite the adventure!

2 thoughts on “Eurotrip!”

  1. Omg that sounds like a trip of my dreams! Not many people visit the baltic states on their eurotrip so it was wonderful seeing you had a great time there! Could you please give a brief breakdown of the lodging and travel cost between all these ctities? It will be real helpful for me as i am also planning a eurotrip in near future… thanks 🙂

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