For me, spring break never meant crazy parties in Cancun or living it up at some balmy beach destination. Spring break meant sleeping in and eating cereal out of the box all day in front of the television. With stressful weeks during the normal semesters, I always looked forward to spring break as my chance to unwind and relax. This year, however, spring break saw me on a Grecian getaway on the beautiful island of Corfu and the historical mainland of Athens.
|The island of Corfu|
|A small part of the Pink Palace!|
|The ATV Safari Ride|
|Overlooking the island on a high mountian|
|Pink Toga Party!|
|The Greek Dancers|
|Smashed dish remains on the floor|
|In Corfu Town|
We traveled throughout the night from Corfu to Athens and checked into our hostel early in the morning. I took a quick nap and woke up in time for the guided walking tour where we explored amazing sights such as the Parliament, the National Gardens, saw the National Guards, the 1894 orginal Olympic Stadium, The Temple of Zeus, and the stunning Acropolis where the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena once majestically stood until it was destroyed into barely there ruins. Little fact: every city has an acropolis as it is the highest point of any city, but the term is most associated with Athens, Greece. After the walking tour ended, we shopped around a bit in the markets, grabbed dinner, and called it an early night. The next day, the group set out for a small island off the coast of Athens, Agina, where we explored the small town, climbed the ruins, and walked along the beach. It was a full day event so by the time we got back to the hostel, we called it a night. The next morning was an extremely early one, because I wanted to see the 2004 Olympic Stadium and the Acropolis Museum. The Olympic Staidum was awesome but I was disappointed with how dirty it became with all of the grafetti and the garbage spilling over. The Acropolis Museum was quick and small, but filed with the amazing artifacts and statues that once decorated the Parthenon in the Acropolis.
|Remains from The Temple of Zeus|
|The Temple of Athena - You can see some of Athens in the background|
|Atop the Acropolis|
|Approaching the town of Agina|
Besides the painful, long, and extremely exhausting journey to and from Greece, (it was literally from bus to boat, to ferry, to bus for hours) the destinations were relaxing, fun, and informative. The food was absolutelt delicious and I made it a point to try all of the Greek delicacies including cheap 2 Euro lamb gyros, Greek salad with feta cheese, and lots of tzetzeki sauce.
Next up on the agenda is London, one of the cities that I have been most excited to see since I can remember!