όμορφη Περιπέτεια

Yassas!

I am finally finding some time to write in my favorite diary. I returned to Bologna last Sunday after a 10 day trip to Greece. I never thought that I would have a school orientation in Greece! I am so thankful for this unforgettable experience and wanted to share a few of my favorite parts.

Our first destination in Greece was Zakynthos. Our hosts in Zakynthos, Paulina and Arsen, were two of the coolest and sweetest people I have ever met. They welcomed us to the island with a delicious home cooked meal. The next morning, we headed to a family’s home in the mountains where we had a delicious breakfast, learned how he makes his wine, and got a tour of the woman’s art studio.

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The rest of the day consisted of touring an olive oil factory, swimming at a local beach, and enjoying a delicious dinner with some Greek dancing.

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(this may or may not have ended in a Dirty Dancing lift)

The next day began with a hike through the olive groves to a delicious breakfast, followed by some time at the beach where we swam to a beautiful island where weddings are held. That afternoon, we boarded a glass bottom boat and explored the sea. We saw sea turtles, jumped off the boat, and swam into the caves. For dinner we enjoyed a delicious, homemade Greek BBQ.

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After a few incredible days in Zakynthos, we went to Arahova, which is a beautiful mountain town. In Arahova, we hiked to a shepherd’s home, where we enjoyed some wine and cheese while admiring his goats. We hiked Mount Parnasus, and enjoyed a homemade dinner and lamb roast at a family’s home. We also visited Delphi.

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our hiking paths overlooked the world’s largest olive grove

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Delphi

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Our next city was Athens. Our time in Athen’s consisted of more delicious Greek meals, walking up the oldest street in the world, a meeting with the head of the International Organization of Migration, and a visit to the Parthenon, of course.

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The final city we visited was Nafplio, which was a beautiful little town! On the way to Nafplio, we visited Agamemnon’s Palace and the Beehive Tomb. In Nafpoli, we walked up 999 stairs to a beautiful castle, did some shopping, and once again had an incredible meal.

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I am so thankful to have experienced so many aspects of this beautiful country. The people who hosted us were beyond welcoming and shared so much love with us. I cannot wait to return to this incredible place someday.

Now I am back in Italy and have started school! Back to school blog coming soon! Everyday is an adventure and I am loving every second of exploring this beautiful world. God is good, y’all.

Xoxo,

Riley

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