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Greece Never Stops to Amaze

by Naras Prameswari

Time flies in Greece as if it has Hermes’ winged sandals; I cannot believe I only have around a week left until my course in Greece ends! I have no regrets coming to Greece; I even want to stay longer if I can.

But I am going to stop being sad and counting days, I am going to share what I have been doing here!

My sociology course is probably one of the best courses that I have ever taken. Dr. Gregory Katsas, the professor, is such a great person. If you ever come to the American College of Greece – Deree, make sure to take a course with him or just to get to know him! Dr. Katsas teaches in a really fun way, and he makes sure that everyone expresses their opinion and understands the material. He got his degree in the United States and he speaks fluent English. Dr. Katsas travels a lot and he is interested in cultural diversity and is probably one of the smartest people that I have ever met.

My midterm went well regardless of the fact that I was exhausted from the trip to Santorini.

Speaking of Santorini…Oh gosh, I do not even know how to start.

Santorini was so much fun. We stayed in Kamari area, where our hotel is literally a 1 to 2 minutes walk from the black sandy beach.

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The black sandy beach of Kamari!

Other than staying at the beach for hours, we did a volcano and hot springs tour with a boat to the western islands of Santorini.

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The boat ride!

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Volcano Tour!

The volcano tour was nice, the view from the top of the volcano was amazing. However, the hot springs experience was even more amazing. We jumped out of the boat from the lower dock directly into the ocean and swam to the hot springs. I did not have a problem swimming out there, but then I realized I had to swim against the ocean current in order to go back to the boat!

Moving on, the last stop in Oia was the best part of the tour. Oia is what you imagine Greece looks like: pretty white houses and churches with blue roofs on a hill. Nearly everything is blue and white (which are my favorite colors!).

We rode a donkey from the port, went shopping, and watched the sunset from a castle. I cannot even tell you how amazing the place is.

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With the donkey! 🙂

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The beauty of Oia, Santorini before sunset and during sunset! <3

Back from Santorini, I spent most of the days in Athens, studying and being touristy.

We went to Kallimarmaro or Panathinaiko Stadium. It was built to host the Olympic Games 1896 as the first modern stadium for the Games EVER! I felt like a champion, imagining what it looked like 117 years ago!

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Kallimarmaro!

Tassos, our beloved AIFS representative, took us to the Acropolis, where the Parthenon is, the Acropolis museum, and on a day trip to Corinth, Epidaurus, and Napflio.

The Acropolis was amazing. I still cannot believe that I can now say that I have been to the Parthenon! Our tour guide, Mariana, was really helpful and presented the history of Greece with so much enthusiasm.

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Spent a day at the Acropolis of Athens!

For our day trip to Corinth, Epidaurus, and Napflio… I spent most of the time sleeping on the bus because I was really tired from going out the night before, hehe. Anyway, Epidaurus is the place where Greece has the Epidaurus Festival in the legendary Epidaurus theater. The theater is magnificent! Even if you sit on the upper level, you can still clearly hear the performers talk without a microphone!

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Epidaurus Theater and Napflio City, taken from the top!

So that has been the highlights of what has been happening to me so far!

This weekend I am going to Mykonos for two nights and I am really looking forward to it!

Talk to you later, awesome people!

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