Back in the Spring of 2011, my brother and I decided to take a trip on short notice, deciding a couple of weeks in advance. We made a list of possible fun locations and examined the timing, climate, desirability, need for visas/vaccinations, etc. Using these criteria we narrowed down a list that also contained India, South Africa, and Nepal and decided to take a trip to Greece and Turkey.
Me at the Parthenon in Athens, Greece.
Greece was an incredible place to visit! It was awe-inspiring to see the stunning monuments from ancient times and to stand in places like the Agora of Athens, Mars Hill, the Temple of Zeus (one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World), and Mycenae. It was fun to have our own contests in the original Olympic stadium with no one else around. It was thought-provoking to visit the site of the Oracle at Delphi. It was enriching to stop at a mountain monastery, the abandoned Larissa Castle, and beautiful Peloponnesian towns, and it was downright frightening to happen upon a storage site for giant parade float statues of people, animals, and things straight out of an Alice in Wonderland/Little Nemo-type nightmare. It was a blast to practice (essentially learning) driving a manual transmission in a Fiat Panda on the raucous yet flowing roads of Greece and it was a thrill to spend a windy day racing around the island of Santorini on a 4-wheeler and scooter despite becoming separated for almost an hour and fearing that my brother had been blow off a cliff.
Each of these experiences could warrant an individual post, and perhaps I’ll write in more detail about them in the future (and other experiences, such as performing magic tricks to a group of fashion students on spring break in Santorini!)
If we made an album, this would be the cover art.
A week or so before our departure I had met up with a good friend to catch up on life. In our talking, I mentioned the trip and invited him along. He met us in Athens and it was a lot of fun traveling with him. I don’t know how long it would’ve taken us to maneuver our rental car through the intensity of Athens to the highways outside if it weren’t for his driving skills. It was insightful to listen to him and my brother respectfully debating their sometimes differing views on politics and the like.
Greece is a wonderful place. The food is delicious, the landscape (both earthen and human) is beautiful, the history is inspiring and fascinating, and the people are friendly and inviting (like they are everywhere, as I’m continually reminded). I’m excited to return someday.
Backpacking in Santorini.
Have you always wanted to visit Greece? What about the country is compelling to you?
Have you ever been to Greece? What did you like about it?