It has been quite some time since I have written a blog and it feels good to be back! Let me give you a quick recap of the last few weeks for me. Majority of those weeks I spent in Florence. I have really gotten to know the city, and feel comfortable here. I have a routine, I go to my favorite coffee shops, I got to my favorite stores and I make my favorite meals, although I get tired at the end of the day and my meals just turn into a plate of pasta. For me being abroad has taught me a lot about being independent. I would find myself at home not going shopping or not getting food by myself, but here it is one of my favorite things to do. I can take as long as I want in shops and I can chose any place to eat and sit as long as I would like there. I think finding that peace of mind with being by yourself is something that comes with age and I am glad to have found it. This past week was my fall break and I was lucky enough to go to Greece for those 10 days, which was the most life changing experience I have ever had.
Greece is not easy to get to, let me preface that. I had spent countless amount of hours on boats and busses, but it was worth it. We first stopped in Athens. I do not mean to offend anyone but that place was not the highlight of my trip. I was expecting Athens to be more developed and overall, cleaner. There was a large trash issue. There was trash on every corner, but I do need to remember that ⅓ of the population of Greece lives in Athens, so it is inevitable. In Athens I went to the Acropolis which was the highlight of Athens for me. It was gorgeous but also very crowded. While I was standing there I had a surreal moment that they were so much history that had taken place there before. To think that the place I was standing would shape how so much of the world works today. Overall it was a place I am happy I got to see, but do not necessarily need to go back.
The next place we went to was Santorini. This was the greatest place I have ever been. I think in my wildest dreams I would be there everyday. I never knew somewhere that beautiful could exist. We had to take an eight hour boat ride to get there, which was 100% worth it, but if I could give advice it would be to not drink the tap water in Greece. I had gotten very sick from the tap water from Athens, and in Santorini the locals tell you not to drink the water. Back to Santorini, we got to Fira just in time to get ready to see the sunset. This sunset was the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen in my life, it changed into a million different colors. When I was in Santorini that first night I needed to facetime my mom and my dad to show them the view because I was just so thankful they helped me through this process. My friends and I all became emotional when we were here because we were so overwhelmed by the beauty and experience of it all. The next day in Santorini we got to go to two different beaches and go to a winery. We ended that night in Oia which is the typical Santorini pictures you see on the internet. In Oia is was overcrowded by tourists, everyone was constantly pushing and shoving to get the picture perfect moment. Luckily my friends and I found a place to watch the sunset early and got to enjoy yet another breathtaking sunset. The next day we spent going to small shops in Fira and of course getting a large iced coffee, something that Florence lacks. From there on we went to Corfu.
Corfu is a small island, a tad underdeveloped, but had the most amazing beaches you could imagine. We had perfect weather in the low 80s, so we were able to be on the beach for the whole day. One of the days that we spent in Corfu we had the privilege to go on an ATV around the whole island. We got to see all the hidden gems of the island. To conclude the tour we reached the peak of a mountain and we got to see mirroring mountains which ended up being Albania. We stayed in a place called The Pink Palace and everything, as you would imagine, is pink! It was definitely the end of season, and I learned they were going to close down for the season right after we left. We mostly stayed there and it was so relaxing. We could get a gyro served to us on the beach for three euro, the prices were unheard of. It felt like I was on a hidden island away from all of my problems.
My trip to Greece was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I am so grateful I had. I felt as though I blinked my eyes and my trip was over. I have lots coming up for the next few weeks. Checking places such as Amsterdam and Paris off my list, but most importantly my mom and sister are visiting for the week, which I have been waiting so long for! Again if anyone wants me to write and particular article on tips and tricks for abroad let me know! Thank you all for reading and ask me anything in the comments below!
As always, talk soon,