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Greece Proti Mera

Kalispera and welcome to my Greece trip day one, or Day Ena. It’s about 1:45am here as I start this so that’s as much Greek as this post is gonna get. My pronunciation can definitely use some work and I feel safer writing in Greek than speaking it. A little recap of the last few hours. 

We took off from JFK International airport at about 8pm Friday August 24th. We landed in Athens, Greece at about 11:30am on August 25th. After a short layover (during which everyone napped at the gate) and a 30ish minute flight from Athens to Mykonos, we arrived at one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever been to. 

We were given Greek lemonade, which is sparkling deliciousness, and sat out on a patio overlooking the ocean and the hotel’s 3 incredible pools while my parents checked in. Once checked in and situated in our rooms, we went back down to the pools and sprawled out on the bed like lounge chairs they have. My dad wants to take one home (he’s said it multiple times now and I don’t think he’s kidding.)

We had dinner in the hotel at 10, and finished about an hour ago. I had shrimp risotto that I probably should have documented photographically but I was too busy scarfing it down. 

For dessert, the waiter described what they had and we chose from those descriptions. He mentioned some Greek teas and he described one that he loved so I ordered that one. I misunderstood. He said cheese. I returned to my room about an hour ago with a giant plate of goat cheese and could not be happier.

Hello breakfast!

I wanted to show some pictures of the beauty of Greece and the craziness of my family but the wifi is pretty weak in my room and won’t let me, I’ll try again tomorrow.

  
Until tomorrow (and better wifi,) kalinikta fĂ­lous, good night friends!

 

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Today’s the Day!

Happy Friday dudes and dudettes. Welcome to the weekend…

Today is the day I leave for my week long adventure in Greece! I’m so excited. I love new places. And airports. And travel sized things.

This is how I’m picturing my life for the next 8 days. Wish me luck.

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Packing Adventures

I love packing but I also loathe packing. It’s a terrible relationship. I never know what to pack but I love getting it to all fit perfectly.

LUCKILY back in November I learned about packing cubes and bought myself a fairly cheap set to test out on my European adventure with my boyfriend, Nick.

WELL, now I’m obsessed with them. I cannot go on a trip without them. It’s amazing how small and compact they are and how they can fit EVERYTHING. 

On Friday I leave for Greece with my family. I had to pack 9 outfits, 8 bathing suits, 8 cover ups, and 16 pairs of underwear, as well as a few bras and pajamas. And do you know how I did it? That’s right PACKING CUBES! The little square thingies from heaven. 

  Excuse my ugly hand writing but CAN YOU BELIEVE that all of that fits into those three little cubes?!? I still have so much room for my shoes (which always take up soo much room) and my toiletries and, of course, souvenirs!
I love trips, I love going places I’ve never been, I love meeting people who speak different languages and have completely different cultures. I just love experiencing the world. And I love packing cubes. 

So there’s that.

Paradise Island Day 4 and a half

Last night my family and I got home from the Bahamas. We landed in JFK International Airport a little before schedule and I was finally able to sleep in my own bed. I was not happy waking up at 6 this morning, but work is important… Or so I’m told.

The last day and a half of our Paradise Island experience was definitely that. I sat in the water and fed cheezits to little fish, I went on a tube ride called “The Surge,” I drank a 25oz yardstick strawberry margarita, and we took a million pictures, of course. I was excited to come home to my own bed and normal LTE phone service but I do miss having my aunts, uncles, and cousins in rooms down the hall. Kids are annoying but cute, so they make up for it. 

All I know is that I am extremely grateful that this week is only 3 days long for me, because I am ready for bed like you would not believe!

   
        
                          

Paradiso Day 3

Today was spent by the pools, burning the bottoms of our feet and fighting over chairs. Obviously the weather was perfect and everyone was happy… Kind of. Tonight was spent celebrating love and watching a parade. Both were perfect in their own way,

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this yet but my mom’s immediate family came on vacation to the Bahamas to celebrate my grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary. They barely knew each other when they got married, and they’ve lasted together for 50 years. I hope for a love that strong one day.

It’s not even late here and I can barely keep my eyes open. I’m calling that a good day.

   
                     

Paradising Day 2

What I like about this island is that there are a lot of options when it comes to things to do. 

That being said, we spent the entire day in one place, not moving. I love the beach. My back is burnt because of my love for the beach. I think I spent the first hour sitting in the water not even moving. Today was nice.

To get to the beach, you have to walk through the entire hotel, but they made it insanely cool looking so the walk is no biggie. There are giant tanks of all kinds of sea life all over the Atlantis hotel. My goal for this trip is to pet a sting ray. Wish me luck. Here is my cousin James and myself in front of a fish tank on our way to the beach  

Here’s ones of the divers blowing bubble rings in the tankHere’s a bunch of spiny lobsters in a tank above my head. It was a strange feeling  Fish!     Atlantis things       A storm came in     Baby stingray pool!