8. The Pendulum

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Prague, Czech Republic

This photo benefits from a bit of backstory. The sculpture is called the Prague Metronome and it was built on the site of a former statue of Josef Stalin. The base of the Stalin statue still exists and it is massive. The Metronome overlooks the entire city of Prague and the views from this vantage point are spectacular. As a history major in school I thought this place had particular symbolic significance for the history of Prague. Read More

9. The Weight of History

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Berlin, Germany

I can’t think of any other city I’ve been to where the history of city and the nation sits as heavily on the shoulders of everyone there. It felt like very street, every square, every building has some mention of atrocities or human suffering that occurred at that spot. Pictured here is the Holocaust Memorial in the heart of the city. Walking amongst the stone slabs quickly became a disorienting and claustrophobic experience. Read More

10. Amsterdam By Night

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

I think what I enjoyed most about nightlife in Europe was how it was more of an accepted part of city life. Entire streets would be closed to pedestrians, city centers weren’t designed for cars they were designed for people to walk. This made the entire experience feel more open and accessible than in major US cities. Read More

11. The Highest Room in the Tallest Tower

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Vienna, Austria

Taken from the top of the dome of Karlskirche, this was a common site from viewpoints across Europe. Every landmark that had some vacant wall space would have hundreds of names, messages, and thoughts inscribed on them. I thought it was extremely fitting that many of these would be written in a church. Quite literally people were writing their prayers on these walls. Lovers who wrote each others names hoping that their love for each other would last eternally.  Read More

12. The Beautiful Irony

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Vienna, Austria

Anyone who knows me knows that I love soccer. This photo was take at a Rapid Wien game (Vienna’s true team suck it Austria Wien). They were playing Spanish side Valencia in a Europa league game. Despite loving soccer you have to admit that there are some obvious issues with the game and fan support. It seems ironic that FIFA would preach “RESPECT” boldly on the field while nearby Rapid fans display a massive banner “PUTA VALENCIA”.  Read More

13. Radstadt

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Radstadt, Austria

From this view, mountains stretched as far as the eye could see. It was unfamiliar territory for me. Having grown up in the Northeast United States all the mountains I were used to were lone bastions in a flat sea. This was something entirely different. The mountain range stretched into the horizon, clouds would roll over the tops of distant peaks and suddenly they would engulf you obscuring your vision.  Read More