It’s been awhile since my last post (which was about an exciting location other than my travel experiences) however it has also been awhile since I have been in Italy, as I have just returned from a week long adventure throughout Greece. The journey began with a short bus ride, and a 24 hour cruise ship to the beautiful island of Corfu. The festivities did not take long to get started on this spring break, as the first night was an authentic greek toga party at the lovely Pink Palace hostel we stayed at in Corfu. Despite my best efforts below, I never felt quite as smart as the great Aristotle.
The following day was rained out for the most part, however we didn’t let that stop us. Thankfully we were granted some sun later in the afternoon and got to enjoy the beach for a few hours. The next day, our last in Corfu, we went on a 5 hour ATV Safari traveling many different parts of the island, from the highest point with beautiful sights, to the lowest down by the beach. Not to mention riding the ATV’s for the first time was pretty fun by itself.
After a night full of traveling via bus and ferry, we then struck land in Athens by the next morning, or as my mom called it “the cradle of civilization. We began the day with a much needed power nap, then took advantage of the gorgeous 70 degree weather and set out for a long walking tour of the city. At ground level, there’s no hiding its economic struggles as nearly all of the buildings are littered with graffiti, but the culture remains fully in tact. The first stop of the tour was the national gardens of Greece, which were nothing special aside from the mini zoo inside of it with rams, peacocks, and the baby bunny we got to hold. Next stop was the original Olympic Village and an old Greek bath, followed by the Olympic Stadium itself! For a small fee we were able to climb the stairs of the Olympic Stadium, as well as go down and run on the track and even pose for pictures on the podium. Our group then walked by the Temple of Zeus on our way up to the legendary Acropolis. Pictures haven’t been able to truly do any of my travels justice so far but here are a few shots from what felt like on top of the universe on the Acropolis.
That night, our whole group went to an authentic Greek restaurant with all you can eat food which provided many laughs, feta, tomatoes, pita and lamb giros.
The next day, our last true day of culture, a smaller group of us took a tram (part of Greece’s recently upgraded public transportation system) to a not so lovely beach in Athens. Although somewhat disappointed by the beach itself the fried calamari made up for that with ease on our way back. I then took the rest of the afternoon lounging at the rooftop of our hotel which had a gorgeous view of the Acropolis as well as the rest of city. That night, we had a great last supper and went out to a few local spots around Athens to top off our trip, followed by another long cruise ride home.
Overall it was an unforgettable adventure, between the good friends, tzatziki sauce and gyros aplenty, and the breathtaking scenery combined with some ancient legendary culture…Greece definitely surfaced to the top of my list of travels. Thanks again to Mom and Dad for granting me this once in a life time opportunity.
PS: special shoutout to my brother Ben for his awesome speech at the United Nations (which I live streamed while I was doing my last second packing) you never cease to make us proud. Go Red Sox.