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BLOG 2, Long Journey

A Long, hard Journey

After months of anticipation, the day finally arrived: my trip to Greece. The journey was as long as it was eventful, with two layovers one in Lisbon and the other in Genoa. The flights themselves were fairly uneventful, though the food onboard was merely okay, a far cry from the culinary delights I was eagerly awaiting in Greece.

My arrival in Athens was far from smooth. Navigating the airport was more complicated than I had anticipated, and I found myself lost in a sea of signs and foreign languages. The situation only worsened when my taxi driver, sensing my disorientation, took advantage of the situation and overcharged me for the ride to my hotel. Exhausted and frustrated, I finally checked into my room, hoping that the rest of my trip would be less stressful.

Settling In and Preparing for Santorini

I waited in my hotel room for Anchal, my travel companion, to arrive. Once we were both settled, we wasted no time in booking a flight to Santorini for the next day. Santorini had always been a dream destination for both of us, and the prospect of exploring its famous white-washed buildings and stunning sunsets was invigorating.

Santorini: A Dream Realized

The next day, we took our eagerly anticipated flight to Santorini. The island was everything we had imagined and more. The breathtaking views, iconic architecture, and serene atmosphere made it the perfect getaway. We spent our time exploring the island, soaking in the beauty, and enjoying the local cuisine. Santorini was a dream come true, and it left us with memories that will last a lifetime.

Reflecting on Pre-Departure Plans

Before leaving for Greece, I had meticulously planned and packed, or so I thought. Reflecting on my pre-departure blog, I realized I had overlooked a few essentials. Most notably, I forgot to pack a fan and more sunscreen—both critical for the sweltering Greek summer. Additionally, I should have packed more light clothes and shorts. Greece’s heat was far more intense than I had imagined, and I found myself longing for the comfort of breezier attire.

Exploring Athens

Despite the initial hiccups, Athens quickly proved to be an enthralling city. Our first day was spent exploring the ancient wonders of the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Standing in the shadow of these monumental structures was awe inspiring, a tangible connection to the rich history that defines Greece.

The Archaeological Museum was another highlight, offering a treasure trove of artifacts that brought ancient Greece to life. We also planned a trip to Delphi, a site steeped in myth and history, which I was particularly excited about.

Dinner in Greece: A Culinary Adventure

Dinner in Greece has been a mixed bag. I quickly realized that I’m not a big fan of gyros, which seem to be a staple at most meals. However, I did find a few standout dining experiences. One such highlight was in Arachova, a charming little town we visited after our trip to Delphi. The quaint streets and cozy restaurants offered a much-needed respite, and the dinner there was delightful and let’s not forget that vanilla strawberry Ice cream we had as desert.

Another memorable meal was at L’Amiral. The ambiance was perfect, and the food was exceptional, offering a taste of the authentic Greek cuisine I had been craving.

Final Thoughts

Despite a rocky start, my trip to Greece has been a wonderful adventure. From the ancient splendors of Athens to the idyllic charm of Santorini, every experience has been enriching. As I continue my journey, I look forward to more discoveries, both expected and unexpected. And next time, I’ll make sure to pack a fan and extra sunscreen.

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