In some ways, the Athens airport has become home to the 37 of us living in Greece this semester. So far, we’ve been in the airport nine times in the past six weeks. Recently, we flew to Santorini–a picturesque island with the classic blue roofs, cobblestone streets, and donkeys as the primary mode of transportation.
If you’ve ever seen Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, you’re probably picturing a flawless kind of beauty only found on the big screen. Let me be the first to tell you, Santorini does possess that ageless type of beauty.
Several of us decided to do the ten kilometer (6.2 mile) hike from Oia to Thira. It was a four hour long, mostly uphill trek across the island. Worth it? I still haven’t decided.
Because our agenda was wide-open for the weekend, we all split up and each found our own adventure.
The majority of us enjoyed our good books and the Mediterranean sun on our balconies overlooking the Aegean Sea. Our hotel was made up of multiple houses carved into the edge of the island.
For the two English majors on our trip, the Atlantis Bookstore, which was nestled in a quaint shop along the main street of Oia, was an oasis. There were books tucked in every nook and cranny, with dozens of first editions lining the walls. And the fact that the shop owner was American made it feel a little more like home.
A couple of the boys enjoyed an afternoon at the archaeological museum, filled with ancient artifacts and history galore.
A few fan-girls followed in Lena’s (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) footsteps to her grandmother’s house and down the hundreds of stairs to the infamous port where she met Kostas.
To conclude a very memorable weekend, we regrouped to watch one final sunset and enjoy delicious crepes. No words can accurately describe this incredible island, but I hope this gives you a better picture of life here in Greece.
Written by Hannah Foust [currently attending HUG]
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