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So, I'm quite a ways into study abroad here in Copenheaven, and it seems I even lost track of just how many months I've been living in this European dream. Given the long recovery from my crazy, impulsive spring break I think i'm finally ready to detail the 5 day backpacking trip. Along with my visit to a handful of countries, I made it my mission to bus all the way from Greece back to Denmark.

The Acropolis of Thessaloniki

Heptapyrgion, Dimitriou Tzachila, Thessaloniki, Greece

Standing as a fortress from the Byzantine and Ottoman era, the Acropolis of Thessaloniki is not to be missed. Alongside the overwhelming views of the region there is an opportunity to admire the castle-like structure, which has towers dating back to the years of Roman rule. Regardless of its past as prison, today it calls to tourists and is recognized as a UNESCO sight. I know everyone rushes to Athens, but Acropolis' are plentiful around all of Greece, and the one in Thessaloniki is worth-while if you're a true culture geek like myself.

Belgrade

Belgrade, Serbia

After my core course's trip to Kosovo, I thought it only appropriate I pay a visit to Serbia and get a feel for the environment there. First, for an American, I don't necessarily suggest not visiting, but just have your whits about you and don't expect the friendliest treatment. All things considered, I was able to pay a visit to the largest Eastern Orthodox church in the Balkans, which is magnificent even with all the renovation being done. Additionally, I had a beautiful view of the region from Belgrade fortress, which is praised as a Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance, and even found myself smack in the middle of a Renaissance fair. For 16 hours I told myself I would never go back to Serbia, but when situated 125 meters high I began to question just how true that was.

East Side Gallery

Berlin, Germany

Berlin, Germany has my heart and I would've NEVER expected it. I had no interest in visiting the area, in fact I ended up in the area after taking the wrong bus from Poland. However, the minute I stepped foot into the streets I knew it was going to devastating to leave. There is so much to see it is impossible to do in one day, week, or even month (I suspect). Every corner tells a story, as the city holds so much history and culture. I don't even like art and I found myself looking like an idiot stopping in the middle of walkways just to stare at underappreciated masterpieces. I also stayed at an amazing hostel, which besides costing only 11 dollars for the night had a pool, laundromat, bar, restaurant, and bbq area/garden outside. Typing this is making me sad; if you have time in Europe and want to be stimulated this is definitely the place.
(And unfortunately I have no real photos to do this glory justice, so just go see it yourself!!!!)

Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

I'm throwing in Spain because I went only 3 days after my "long-trip" and I generally just want to. On this adventure I visited another student studying abroad (and my fave roomie at Scranton ;). Barcelona was so warm and medieval-ish. The weekend was extremely relaxing. We visited the famous sight La Sagrada Familia, yet tourists be wary, the outside is extravagant but the entire building is under construction. Friday and Saturday nights there is a colorful water show that is simple and memorizing. I took so many photos, and I'm pretty sure they're all more or less the same, but I was in awe so whatcha gonna do. Finally, I spent a relaxing Sunday exploring the region where the Parliamentary building is located. I stumbled upon what I'm going to deem Espana's trevi fountain, and having been to Italy i'm gonna go and say I found this one much more appealing (oops). As is the case in most European cities, Barcelona was large with cultural sights, but small enough that I got a good feel of the area.

 

The Acropolis of Thessaloniki

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Heptapyrgion, Dimitriou Tzachila
Standing as a fortress from the Byzantine and Ottoman era, the Acropolis of Thessaloniki is not to be missed. Alongside the overwhelming views of the region there is an opportunity to admire the castle-like structure, which has towers dating back to the years of Roman rule. Regardless of its past as prison, today it calls to tourists and is recognized as a UNESCO sight. I know everyone rushes to Athens, but Acropolis' are plentiful around all of Greece, and the one in Thessaloniki is worth-while if you're a true culture geek like myself.
 

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Belgrade

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Belgrade, Serbia
After my core course's trip to Kosovo, I thought it only appropriate I pay a visit to Serbia and get a feel for the environment there. First, for an American, I don't necessarily suggest not visiting, but just have your whits about you and don't expect the friendliest treatment. All things considered, I was able to pay a visit to the largest Eastern Orthodox church in the Balkans, which is magnificent even with all the renovation being done. Additionally, I had a beautiful view of the region from Belgrade fortress, which is praised as a Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance, and even found myself smack in the middle of a Renaissance fair. For 16 hours I told myself I would never go back to Serbia, but when situated 125 meters high I began to question just how true that was.
 

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Barcelona

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Barcelona, Spain
I'm throwing in Spain because I went only 3 days after my "long-trip" and I generally just want to. On this adventure I visited another student studying abroad (and my fave roomie at Scranton ;). Barcelona was so warm and medieval-ish. The weekend was extremely relaxing. We visited the famous sight La Sagrada Familia, yet tourists be wary, the outside is extravagant but the entire building is under construction. Friday and Saturday nights there is a colorful water show that is simple and memorizing. I took so many photos, and I'm pretty sure they're all more or less the same, but I was in awe so whatcha gonna do. Finally, I spent a relaxing Sunday exploring the region where the Parliamentary building is located. I stumbled upon what I'm going to deem Espana's trevi fountain, and having been to Italy i'm gonna go and say I found this one much more appealing (oops). As is the case in most European cities, Barcelona was large with cultural sights, but small enough that I got a good feel of the area.
 

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