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Blog 6 final days

Exploring Athens: Our Last Few Days

As our journey winds down, we’ve decided to stick close to Athens, exploring some of its most iconic sites and soaking in the rich history and culture. Here’s a recap of our final days in this vibrant city:

National Archaeological Museum

The National Archaeological Museum was a breathtaking experience. The vast collection of artifacts, spanning thousands of years, offered a deep dive into Greece’s ancient past. My favorite part was seeing how they preserved human bones, providing a tangible connection to the people who lived so long ago. The meticulous preservation techniques were fascinating and added a profound sense of continuity between past and present.

Museum of Greek Culture

Our visit to the Museum of Greek Culture had a rocky start. Nicole and I got lost on the train while trying to meet the group, which left us feeling exhausted and frustrated. To add to the challenge, we discovered that the scavenger hunt we were supposed to participate in was a fake, designed to teach us a lesson about sticking with the group. Despite these setbacks, the museum itself was beautiful. The exhibits were thoughtfully curated, showcasing the evolution of Greek culture through various periods.

Panathenaic Stadium

The Panathenaic Stadium was, without a doubt, my favorite site. The grandeur of the stadium, steeped in history as the host of the first modern Olympic Games, was awe-inspiring. What stood out the most was the underground cave. It provided a refreshing break from the blazing sun and added a mysterious element to the visit. The cool, shaded interior was a welcome relief and offered a unique perspective on the stadium’s history.

Our Farewell Dinner

Our farewell dinner was a fitting end to our journey. As expected, we were served gyros, a beloved Greek delicacy. The evening was marked by a joyful celebration as we sang “Happy Birthday” to Bella and Nicole. Afterward, we enjoyed mocktails with our professors and friends, making for a memorable conclusion to our time in Athens.

Conclusion

This trip has been incredibly eye-opening. It made me realize that I’m not a big fan of traveling with a large group of people. The dynamics can be challenging, and the logistics often stressful. However, it was a fun experience overall, filled with laughter, learning, and unforgettable moments. While I would definitely come back to Greece, I’d probably skip Athens next time and explore other parts of this beautiful country.

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