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Blog 5 – Aegin

We had such an amazing day in Aegina! I think this was my favorite day of our entire trip. We began our day early with a ferry trip to the island, which set a great tone right from the start. As we approached Aegina, the excitement among us grew. The island’s beautiful harbor came into view, there were so many fishing boats and it was one of the most beautiful, postcard-like views I’ve seen.

Upon arrival, we immediately kicked off our scavenger hunt, which was a fantastic way to explore the town. The hunt took us through different streets and historic landmarks,. It was a joy to interact with the friendly locals, who were more than happy to help us with directions and share the quickest ways to get to our destinations. We took countless pictures, capturing the beauty of Aegina and the joy as we walked through the streets of this beautiful town.

The scavenger hunt was a lot of fun, but the heat was intense! The sun was blazing, and we could feel the temperature rising with every step we took (at least that’s what it felt like). It felt like the hottest day of the year. We tried to find shade whenever we could, but it was hard to escape the scorching heat. We were sweating and constantly reaching for our water bottles to stay hydrated. Despite the heat, everyone kept their spirits high and worked together to find all the clues. The heat made it challenging, but it also made our victory at the end feel even sweeter.

After completing our scavenger hunt, we decided to head towards the beach to relax. As we were walking along the street, a sign caught our eye. It said, “Boat Trip to Moni Island.” Intrigued, we decided to inquire about this trip. The idea of visiting a small, secluded island was too exciting to pass up. After a short discussion, we agreed to go ahead with the plan!

When the ferry approached Moni Island, we were greeted by the clearest blue waters I’ve ever seen in my life. It was like something out of a dream or a movie. The water was so clear and vibrant that it almost didn’t seem real. I was in complete shock and awe. My friends and I eagerly got off the ferry and immediately asked for an umbrella with chairs. We sat at our spot right by the water and settled in for a day of absolute relaxation.

The hours seemed to fly by as we lounged by the beach, taking turns dipping in and out of the water. The feeling of the warm sun on our skin, while we laid out after getting in the water was so peaceful. We laughed, swam, and simply enjoyed the beauty of our surroundings. The tranquility of the island, with the stunning natural beauty, made it feel like our own little paradise. I would highly recommend to anyone!

As 4 PM approached, it was time to catch the ferry back to Aegina. We sadly had to pack up our things, take one last look at the mesmerizing waters and then go board the ferry. The ride back was just as beautiful and we got to talk about our favorite moments and the incredible sights we had seen. Everyone was so happy, knowing that we had made the most of our day.

Back in Aegina, we decided to go get some gelato as we waited for our ferry back to Athens. The local gelato shop had a wide variety of flavors, but we were particularly excited to try the infamous pistachio ice cream. Aegina is known for its pistachios, and the ice cream did not disappoint. It was delicious and I am so happy we were able to try. Ultimately, I decided to go with cookies and creme!  We savored every bite, enjoying this last view of Aegina before our departure.

As we sat by the harbor enjoying our gelato, looking at all the boats docked in the water and enjoying the shade after being out in the sun, we couldn’t help but reflect on the day’s adventures. From the ferry ride and scavenger hunt to the unexpected boat trip to Moni Island and the delicious ice cream, every moment had been perfect. It was a day filled with laughter and lots of fun!

In summary, our day in Aegina was definitely a magical one. The island offered us a beautiful blend of culture, adventure, and relaxation. Whether it was exploring the charming town, interacting with the locals, or taking in the beauty of Moni Island, each experience added to the our day. Aegina left a lasting impression on all of us, and I know I speak for everyone when I say that we would love to come back. It was a day that will forever be in my memory, definitely a highlight of our study abroad!

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