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.
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.
(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.
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.
our hiking paths overlooked the world’s largest olive grove
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.
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.
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.