This year I was not able to go home for the holiday season, and wanted to do something extra special because of it. Therefore, at the last minute, I decided to book an excursion to Scandinavia that included a cruise to four cities: Helsinki, Finland; Saint Petersburg Russia (visa free!); Tallinn, Estonia; and Stockholm Sweden. This was a student trip led by an organization in Germany, so I got a steal for what I did!
I also went to Prague for New Year’s to visit a few SDSU friends who were also studying abroad. What an experience to celebrate New Year’s in the second most popular European city to visit for the occasion.
Below are a bunch of pictures from my travels, as well as descriptions to give you a little bit of background.
Dec. 22: Driving up to Stockholm Port and Departing
Dec. 23: Helsinki, Finland
Dec. 24: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Dec. 25: Tallinn, Estonia
Dec. 26: Stockholm, Sweden
Dec. 31 – Jan. 3: Prague, Czech Republic
Here’s a 30 second clip of the fireworks at midnight — literally everywhere you turned there were fireworks going off!
While I was not able to go home for the holiday season, I got to do something that was really a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I will never forget it!