Katarina is studying abroad with us in Greece and she shared some of her first impressions on Hawaii Pacific University’s study abroad blog.
I have been in this beautiful country for over a month and I cannot believe how fast the time has flown by! Since being in Greece I have explored Athens, visited the Oracle at Delphi, tried my hand at Greek cooking, met some stray dogs, learned the Greek alphabet, and visited Barcelona Spain.
Since arriving in the land of over 3,000 islands, the days have been a whirlwind of exploring one of the most unique countries in the world. AIFS (the American Institution for Foreign Study) and DEREE (short hand for The American College of Greece that no one knows the meaning of) started the program by immediately immersing all of the students in Athens and the history of Greece. During the first weekend the study abroad students were taken on a walking tour of Athens. We were able to walk through the old neighborhoods that surround the base of the Acropolis and see the small homes that made up the area. We were then treated to a local delicacy known as souvlaki. Souvlaki is what most of the world knows as gyros, however in Greece “gyro” is the meat that spins around an open flame that is shaved and then put into the pita. This meat is than accompanied by a sauce, either tzatziki or another sauce depending on the meat, then there are tomatoes, onions, sometimes lettuce, and always fried potatoes. During the Greek cooking class held in the residence hall we learned how to make ΝΤΑΚΟΣ (dakos) and TZATZIKI two typical Greek foods.