How I Spent My Summer Vacation
It was the trip of a lifetime: Twelve days sailing the Baltic Sea from Copenhagen to Kiel (Germany), Tallinn (Estonia), Saint Petersburg (Russia), Helsinki (Finland), Stockholm (Sweden), Rostock (Germany), and back to Copenhagen.
The travelers — 17 in all — were my wife’s extended family and their kids (and our kids), and the occasion was to celebrate my father-in-law’s 80th birthday.
It took me almost six months to edit down the thousands of photos to the relatively small collection here.
All photos were taken using my iPhone 7 Plus. In an upcoming post I will detail the equipment I used and the decision-making process that went into what I took with me and why.
It really was the trip of a lifetime. Just take a look!
Day 1: Copenhagen, Denmark July 4, 2017
Day 2: Kiel, Germany July 5, 2017
Days 3-4: Tallinn, Estonia July 6-7, 2017
Days 5-6: St. Petersburg, Russia July 8-9, 2017
Day 7: Helsinki, Finland July 10, 2017
Days 8-9: Stockholm, Sweden July 11-12, 2017
Days 10-11: Rostock & Berlin, Germany July 13-14, 2017
Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Oranienburg
While the rest of our group decided to putter around Rostock, Jack and I jumped at the opportunity to head to Berlin. On the way, our train stopped in the town of Oranienburg, site of the Nazi Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. The camp was used primarily for political prisoners from 1936 to the end of the Third Reich in May 1945.
Over 30,000 prisoners died there from exhaustion, disease, malnutrition, pneumonia and other ailments, due to the poor living conditions. Many were executed or died as the result of brutal medical experimentation. Over the course of its operation, over 100 Dutch resistance fighters were executed at Sachsenhausen.
Days 12-13: Copenhagen, Denmark July 15-16, 2017
2017 Copenhagen Jazz Festival
On the last day of the trip, I decided to wander the streets of Copenhagen. I ended up in Kødbyen, the Meatpacking District in Vesterbro, a hipster neighborhood. The 2017 Copenhagen Jazz Festival was in its last weekend, and there was music everywhere. I spent some time in Kødbyen, then decided to wander back to meet my family for dinner. On my walk back, I bumped into one impromptu musical venue after another.
Yep, there’s video:
The Flight Home