It’s been almost 3 weeks since I arrived in Greece. I have my midterms this week and yet I feel like I just had my first day of classes. Time flies by when you’re not counting the days. It feels like I’ve been going to Deree for my whole college career; everyone is so welcoming and friendly.
Besides the stress of the upcoming midterms, AIFS has been giving us the time of our lives. Last weekend, AIFS took us to Hydra for a day trip. It was absolutely breathtaking. To be honest, prior to my trip here, my idea of Greece was the way Hydra looks: houses on top of one another on high mountains and old cobblestones. I didn’t expect donkeys though- that was a pleasant surprise! The beaches, although rocky, were almost fake looking. I had to keep pinching myself to see if I was dreaming or truly experiencing such beauty.
The staff are magnificent here. They organized a karaoke night and this ghost club was filled with study abroad students having the time of their lives. I’ve never felt so free in my life. I’m not a shy person, but I most definitely do not sing or dance in public. But with this group of people, it was so easy to let go. I wish to hold on to the feeling I felt that night for a long time. And the friendships created here are special. I may not see any of the other students again, but I’m lucky to spending a month with them. Everyone comes into your life for a reason and I intend to remember that.
In addition to the organized trips, some friends and I took a train to Meteora and hiked up to the floating monasteries at 6:30 am. We spent seven hours walking and climbing through the most incredible scenery I’ve ever witnessed.
I could go on and on but I have to go study for midterms!