How Pioneering enhances my Adventuring in a simple, but passionate, endeavor can be clearly defined in my most recent 10-Country “trip.” This adventure was a 9- country coach tour originating in Copenhagen, Denmark, on May 18th, and ending in Stockholm, Sweden, on June 1st, of this year. I chose to arrive in the country's Capital city, Copenhagen, a couple of days earlier than the Tour’s scheduled departure date in order to see more of Denmark's landscape, as well as live and learn within its history and culture. This exploratory portion is where the Pioneering spirit seeks new frontiering.
only a one night stay. In order to reach our ninth country, Sweden, we would again find ourselves traveling southwest
from Helsinki to another Port City city, Turku, Finland.
Pioneering one’s own journey brings on multiple new responsibilities.....it means first reaching the next destination, "setting up camp" (accommodations), distinguishing which historic sites are definite stops, and then making the best choices for oneself. For someone like myself, who wants to visit, see, touch and smell on a limited budget of time, this takes a lot of homework effort. It isn't for everyone, but my inner "Pioneer" loves the "homework." Gone will be all those wonderful perks of guides, leaders, time keepers, transportation, amongst other amenities, so readily provided on a Escorted tour. As much as I applaud and promote guided tours, I always suggest "pioneering" before and after the booked tour.
Pioneering time for me before the "Jewels of the Baltics and Scandanavia" tour meant extra time in Denmark to visit Tivoli Gardens, and cruise the enchanting canals, and stay out to enjoy the “white nights," also known as "midnight sun" till midnight. Copenhagen is the "Home" for the well reknown "Little Mermaid."
In 2013, Pioneers of modern times don't use covered wagons heading West as they did in days of old. In 2013, the means to travel would be in one of Sweden's comfortable, modern, and efficient SJ High Speed Train, which travels at the speed of 200 km/hr through countryside views including lakes framed with forests. Three and 1/2 hours after leaving Stockholm, we arrived in Gothenburg, Sweden's, located on the Western seacoast, having traveled the 700 mile distance.
Be sure to click here for YouTube video filming several of Europe's High Speed Train systems. Sit back and feel the surge of power that criss-crosses European countries, transporting people in a cost effective, timely manner.
Pioneering in Gothenburg meant learning about the founding and development of this enthralling city laced with canals and dotted with stylish architecture.
We had time to ingest its history by meandering and reading the inscriptions on monuments, or visiting some attractions in order to learn specific details of its complete devastation by Russian and German wartime bombings, as well as its courageous rising to become Sweden's second largest city.
Oslo, Norway, a treasure not to be missed in this lifetime, if possible. Oslo is truly a City offering more exploration than anywhere else I have ever traveled. This is one city I would have loved to "set up camp" for a longer time.
The Viking Ship Museum is dedicated solely to learning about recovered Viking ships, where three are actually under one roof in one Building. I
was amazed to learn the traditions and history behind the ships that were so well displayed.
Another museum, The Kon-Tiki Museum, houses the original
Kon-Tiki re-creation ship for the infamous 1947 sailing expedition taken
by Thor Heyerdahl. Film footage of the uncredible survival story made about the expedition won an Oscar for Best Documentary in 1951.
Oslo has used its waterfront exposure to an advantage by spreading museums and attractions up and down both sides of the river, thereby, creating a sense of exploration in order to simply get there.
Discover and Wear your Pioneer Hat
as we have new explorations to uncover,
and I invite you to try it with me soon!!!