My First Greek Island- Zakynthos!

     This past weekend the roommates and I packed our bags and jetted off to our first Greek island; Zakynthos. Many thought we were crazy for wanting to go to an island so early in the semester (the weather is still far from tropical). Although we knew the island was going to be quiet, we decided to make the most of the short time that we have in Greece and booked the trip anyways! Our hotel was in the port of Zakynthos and just a short walk from Solomos Square. Carnival is being celebrated over all of Greece at this time and the town of Zante held a small festival in celebration. Floods of families, food vendors, and games popped up around Solomos Square. It was really fun seeing the kiddos in their costumes and we strolled around the square trying to avoid being covered in silly string and confetti. The island was beautiful, the people were welcoming, and the food wasn’t too shabby either. I envy those who get to visit Zakynthos in the summer season!

The first night was spent eating food and snuggling while trying to translate Greek television.

 On Saturday, we headed out and spent the day exploring the town of Zante.

 

In the middle of our exploration, we came across a horse who looked beautiful and lonely all at the same time. I guess his view isn’t too bad though.

 We played a mid-afternoon game of Uno in a sports cafe. I never thought Uno could get so intense, but you haven’t met my roommates.

Sunday was rainy and gloomy, which brought on some feelings of being homesick. This picture is something that is worth looking at from time to time to help remind myself that my friends and loved ones aren’t gone, just a little further away than usual.

 Aurora noticed I was feeling down and escaped to the kiosk near by for my guilty pleasure; cheetos. While munching on my cheetos and sipping hot cocoa, we played card games and kept cozy while watching the rain. I am so thankful to have been given roommates that are as fun as they are caring.

This is for taking selflies on my phone when I thought you were taking a picture of me… :)

My parents and sister will be here in one week and I couldn’t be more excited! I have decided that they should skip packing and just put my friends and boyfriend in their suitcases instead. Sounds reasonable to me. All of my favorite people in one place!

Kisses,

Katie

A Trip to the Acropolis

Thursday of this past week was a religious holiday for Athenians which means no school for us! My three roommates and I decided to make a day out of exploring the Acropolis and accompanying Acropolis Museum. The day began around 9am with a short metro ride to the Acropolis entrance. We explored the grounds surrounding the Parthenon and enjoyed some fabulous views along the way. Although thousands have visited the ancient sites before, standing in front of the Temple of Athena, Erechtheion, and the Parthenon took my breath away. After a morning of “ooing” and “awhing” we headed to the Acropolis Museum which in itself is a work of art. The modern and industrial architecture of the museum is a beautiful housing for the ancient artifacts that it contains inside. After wandering through the museum, we decided it was time for some fuel. The Acropolis Museum has a great cafe with lots of yummy dishes. The best part of the whole experience? You can see the Parthenon from your table.

Until next time!

Katie