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Blog 2: First Day in Athens!

Traveling to Europe was definitely an experience. First, Nicole and I had a flight to JFK, New York, which was around three hours long. To think that I would consider that a “long flight” just a few months ago is insane to me. Then, we had our flight to Athens. Despite my anxiety about something going wrong, everything went smoothly. I ate the sandwich I had prepared for lunch on the plane and managed to sleep for around 2-3 hours. By the time we landed, I was extremely tired. Sadly, it was 2 pm in Athens, so I still had a full day ahead of me.

Reflecting on my pre-departure blog, I would say I forgot to pack body wash. I could have sworn I packed some, so now I’m stuck with the unscented hotel wash. Not too bad, but definitely not my first option. Alongside body wash, I forgot to pack body lotion, so I’ve just been using my facial moisturizer for now. Besides all that, I’d say I did a great job packing. This was definitely a good way to test out my packing skills before my trip to Paris next month.

Some things I’ve seen in Athens so far that I would like to visit later are the Acropolis (duh), various museums, and a local cat cafe that I would like to snack in and explore. With this, I’ve heard that the Plaka district is very nice, so I’m ready to go shopping and dining there as well!

On day one, the food we received was absolutely delicious. First, we were served some bread with hummus, which was genuinely the best first meal to have after a long flight. Then we were served a plate of chicken and potatoes, with this orange sauce and yogurt that I really enjoyed as well. I skipped out on dessert because I don’t really like Greek yogurt or blueberries, and we were served frozen yogurt with blueberries in it. Still, I made sure to buy some gelato after dinner, and it was delicious!

Nicole and I have a long list of places we want to explore in Athens. Our first stop will be the iconic Acropolis. Just thinking about standing at the foot of this ancient marvel gives me a sense of awe and reverence. The Parthenon, with its majestic columns, is something I can’t wait to see up close. We plan to spend hours wandering through the ruins, soaking in the rich history and imagining what life must have been like in ancient Greece.

After our historical excursion, we intend to head to the Acropolis Museum. The museum’s collection of artifacts sounds fascinating, and I am particularly looking forward to seeing the intricate details of the sculptures. It will be a perfect complement to our visit to the Acropolis, providing a deeper understanding of the significance of the site.

In the afternoon, we are planning to venture into the Plaka district, known for its charming streets and vibrant atmosphere. The narrow alleys, lined with shops and cafes, should be a delight to explore. We’re excited about indulging in some retail therapy, picking up souvenirs and gifts for friends and family back home. The highlight of our visit to Plaka will undoubtedly be a leisurely lunch at a quaint taverna. I’m looking forward to feasting on moussaka, souvlaki, and a refreshing Greek salad. The flavors are sure to be incredible, and I’m expecting the friendly staff to make us feel right at home.

One of the best parts of traveling is trying new foods, and I have high hopes for Athens not to disappoint. Each meal promises to be a culinary adventure. I’ve already discovered a small bakery near our hotel that serves amazing pastries. My favorite, I’m sure, will be the bougatsa, a creamy custard-filled pastry dusted with powdered sugar. I can already tell it will quickly become our go-to breakfast.

In the evenings, we plan to explore different neighborhoods in search of the best dining spots. I’m particularly excited about finding a rooftop restaurant with stunning views of the city. Enjoying a sumptuous dinner while watching the sunset over Athens sounds magical, and I can’t help but feel grateful for this incredible journey we’re embarking on.

We also want to visit the local cat cafe I have heard so much about. As a cat lover, I’m thrilled at the prospect of spending time with adorable felines while enjoying a snack. I imagine the cafe will be cozy and welcoming, with cats lounging on every available surface. I’m looking forward to ordering a cappuccino and a slice of cake, and spending a delightful afternoon petting the cats and chatting with fellow cat enthusiasts. It promises to be a unique and memorable experience that will add a touch of whimsy to our trip.

As our time in Athens progresses, we want to make sure to immerse ourselves in the local culture. Attending a traditional Greek dance performance is high on our list. Watching dancers in vibrant costumes twirl and leap to lively music will be an incredible experience. The energy and passion of the performers are sure to be infectious, and I can already picture us clapping along with the rhythm.

We also plan to visit the National Archaeological Museum, home to an extensive collection of Greek artifacts. The museum’s exhibits range from ancient pottery to exquisite jewelry, offering a glimpse into Greece’s rich cultural heritage. I’m particularly fascinated by the statues of Greek gods and goddesses, each one telling a story of mythology and legend. As I look ahead to my time in Athens, I can’t help but feel a sense of excitement and anticipation. This trip promises to be an incredible journey of discovery, filled with unforgettable experiences and new friendships. From the breathtaking views of the Acropolis to the delicious flavors of Greek cuisine, every moment is sure to be a testament to the beauty and wonder of travel.

I’m also excited about my upcoming trip to Paris next month. If this adventure in Athens teaches me anything, it’s to embrace the unexpected and take in every moment. Europe has so much to offer, and I can’t wait to see what else is in store. Until then, I’m enjoying the excitement of the following week ahead.

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