Top Ten Reasons I Want to Move to Europe

Lately, I have been greatly missing Europe; it has already been seven years since I visited. Especially since I now have a child I want the best for, I would really love to make the move to Europe. So here’s my top ten reasons I would want to move across the Atlantic:

 

10. Fluoride is not allowed in the drinking water. 

Europeans have a history of knowing what fluoride really does and wants nothing to do with it.

I have to say, the best water I’ve had came from the taps of Switzerland.

9. Enjoyment of Life

Sure the cities tend to more high-speed than the country side, but the people bring a realization of what’s important in life to wherever they go. I feel like most people don’t have as much of the same stresses over there because they take life at a different speed: life should be enjoyed, not rushed. Although, some countries are more so than others; not all European countries are equal. The United States needs to take some pointers from our neighbors.

8. The Architecture and History.

No matter what country in Europe you visit, you will find yourself walking through history. The buildings are ornate in designs and hold hundreds of years of memories within them. Vatican CeilingThe first time I walked through London in the evening, I felt as if I were strolling through a fairy tale land. And as I took step after step down the road to the Coliseum in Rome, I could feel the spirits of history running down the same path I was taking. No where in the the United States holds such a long rich past and brilliant constructions.

7. Healthcare.

The healthcare system takes care of their citizens, and the maternity leave puts the United States to shame.

6. The People.

Everywhere you go, people are unbelievably nice and super helpful. In the U.S., people tend to keep to themselves; Europeans tend to be more outgoing. Also, with each country you visit, the immersion of each of their accents is intoxicating.

5. The Quality of Food.

Oh… my… gosh…, I love the food in Europe!German Dessert

From the pastry shops, the meats and cheeses, to the fresh fruit, chocolates, and gelato; all the food is done and tastes much better over seas. I feel that you can actually taste the care that was put into each thing you consume. You really can’t debate me on this unless you’ve dabbled in the European delights.

4. GMOs are Highly Regulated.

In a lot of Europe, food products need to be labeled if they contain Genetically Modified Organisms. “France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and Greece are among the countries that have either total or partial bans on GMOs. And in Italy, 16 of the country’s 20 regions have declared themselves to be GMO-free when it comes to agriculture” http://www.alternet.org/world/10-things-europe-does-way-better-america.

3. The Educational System.

Here in the US, education is not about learning anymore; it’s about training children to do well at taking tests. As well as becoming a massive business for corporate test makers, as seen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6lyURyVz7k.

Teachers in the U.S. aren’t allowed the room to be creative in the classroom, instead, the educational system hands teachers a strict curriculum that they should not get “side-tracked” by. Teachers are no longer initiators of learning and critical thought, but drones to create a generation of robot test takers. Which sucks any interest or passion of learning from a child; as a result, the United States is now very low on academic standing in the world.

I’m not saying that Europe has the best educational system, but compared with the U.S., who comes in at #28 worldwide, many European countries are way ahead http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32608772.

Also, as a side note, as I backpacked across Europe and have known people from all over the world, I have to say I feel like a “stupid American” for only knowing English. Most people all over the world know at least two languages. Thank you U.S. educational system.

2. The Trains!

Europe has a massive amount of rails to ride. Each morning you can wake up and just Train Along European Countrysidehead to an easily accessible station and go to a different country on a whim. They have high speed trains, which go up to 252 mph. You don’t have to deal with traffic or even need a hotel room for the night because you can save money and spend the night in your train car.

1. Location, Location, Location!

What other continent do you have the ability to easily the spend the day in at least three countries? Each country borders numerous others and allows you to spend each weekend in a different culture. Europe is a travel addicted person’s paradise!

The Completion of Backpacking Europe

My journey around Europe came to a close, with my last stop on the British Isle. London provided the TowerTower of London of London, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, beautiful parks, and countless other places I remember with joy. I look back and feel so lucky to have spent a month as a free bird across 10 countries. I viewed countless landscapes, historic landmarks, and took a crazy amount of pictures. I stayed in hostels with other people from numerous countries, slept on night trains, and used charades to communicate with everyone who didn’t understand English. Every day as a backpacker, I woke up excited to pick which country to visit; the Eurorail gives you countless destinations at your fingertips. Each morning, I spontaneously choose which direction to go and allowed myself to get lost for fun. Normally, people stress the heck out when lost, but when you allot yourself a month to do whatever you want, you don’t need to worry about a thing.

Tower BridgeThe next several months after settling back into life on U.S. soil, daily life seemed so boring compared to the adventures I experienced. The smallest things still remind me of my travels and make me long to go back; as an example, the intercom at doctor’s offices calling numbers remind of a train boarding announcement.  Ask anyone who traveled as a backpacker in Europe, they’ll carry the same excitement about their journeys (and we could talk for hours and hours about backpacking Europe).

I can’t wait to make my way back across the Atlantic; until then, I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to travel the world – you will never regret it!

Train Along European Countryside

London: Where Old Meets the New

London can be described as a place rich with historical architecture as well as modern contemporary pieces. Old pubs covered in detailed craftsmanship and paintwork sit next to high rise buildings. The Millennium Wheel watches over century’s old landmarks. Consumerism advertisements blanket the sides of buildings at Piccadilly Circus, resembling a smaller version of Times Square of New York. Here showcase of the mix of old and new:

Pub among giants

Piccadilly CircusLondon Eye Overlooking Big Ben

Favorite Architecture of London

Some buildings showcase more architectural details than others.  London boasts beautiful designs from most views from any street. From Gothic arches, domes, to the use of bricks, I love the contrasts of features in one each one of these historical constructs.

London architecture

Westminster Abbey

Contrasts of features

London Street View

Westminster Abbey 2

Westminster Cathedral

One Last Stop

Once I left my hostel on my last full day in London, I made my way wandering across Egyptian ArtifactsLondon at a slow pace, but with one final destination in mind: the British Museum.

Egyptian MummyI spent a good long time viewing the many floors of artifacts, sculptures, pottery, and etc. Each wing dedicated it’s space to a region of the world. I found the Egyptian wing the most fascinating due to my life long interest in their regional history. Since I hit my double digits as a child, I loved to hear and see about anything thousands of years old from that part of the world.

While searching the Museum, I came across artifacts that I had learned about in my Art History class in college; such as the Lord of the Dance statue. I enjoy art, so upon findingLord of the Dance pieces I remembered from class, I was quite excited. However, one wing held many pieces that I have grown up seeing all over my homeland: totem poles. If you grew up in the Pacific Northwest, I guarantee you have seen these Native American Indian art pieces many many times. So, when I saw this section I passed on by the huge crowds of people who appeared in awe of these poles – apparently not everyone has heard of this type of artwork that I am so accustomed to.

After several hours soaking in history and art, I felt that I really was far from home and I must really be a nerd for spending more than several hours of my day in a museum.