In two and a half weeks, I will be leaving for Europe for the first time since 2006. It’s been seven long years of dreaming about my favorite cities, yearning to return, reading relocation books and sending my resume to any architectural firm I could get an address for. London, Dublin, Copenhagen, Rotterdam, you name it.

And now I will get to go back for twelve days. Twelve days of jet-setting across northern Europe, seeing Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and finally spending a few days exploring more of my favorite city, London.

Last May, Sara and I were given comp tickets from United Airlines because we were bumped from the last leg of our trip home. Armed with a flight voucher, I was able to book a roundtrip flight from Portland to London.

I leave on the 1st of May, and travel directly to Stockholm, spending two days exploring the city.

Stockholm; photo courtesy of Tripadvisor.

After that, I will hop on a morning flight and make my way to Helsinki, where I will have the afternoon to explore, but then will get on a cruise ship with St. Peter Line Cruises. I’ll get to explore their cruise ship, enjoy the entertainment, and when I awake in the morning, I will be in St. Petersburg.

Helsinki; photo courtesy of

Explore St. Petersburg will hopefully be the highlight of my trip. I will get to spend my 30th birthday in St. Petersburg, and it is a city I have been interested in for as long as I can remember.

The Hermitage, St. Petersburg; photo courtesy of

When I am back in London, for my final four days of my trip, I will get to meet up with a group of bloggers that I have known for almost five years. If that’s not enough, solo travel, flying, a cruise and a blogger meetup – this trip is shaping up to be one of the best trips I’ve been on yet!

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