|This is Greece!|
Regardless, our first day in Athens we were up bright and early and our hostel (despite the plug situation) was actually located in an amazing area. We were only a short walk away to the ruins of the Temple of Zeus and from there it barely took us five minutes to reach the Acropolis. We knocked both out before even eating lunch. The weather in Athens, unlike the gloomy and cold Hungary, was beautiful (a little too beautiful, Alana and I, in our paleness, are both suffering the consequences of some serious sunburns).
|Alana and I in front of some pretty cool rocks|
|Pensive look on the Acropolis|
After lunch, we took a walk around the park and found the Olympic Stadium that hosted the "first" Olympic Games. I thought it was a little dishonest to call them the first in Greece, since the stadium was from the 1896 games and not the ones dating back to the BC years (776 BC exactly, according to Wikipedia). After that, we made our way back to our hostel and had dinner at yet another wine bar. Also fantastic, also highly recommended called Kiki de Grece. Again, our waiter was super nice and helped explain everything on the outdated English food menu and explained all the Greek wines (interestingly, he gave us two of the more expensive options for us to choose from...) After this dinner and trip in general, I think our bank accounts were and are sufficiently wiped and we decided that there should probably be minimal wine bar-ing in the near future.
|On top of the Acropolis|
|View of Aegina from the Ferry|
And we were finally, finally back in Copenhagen. The more I leave, the more coming back to it feels like home.
And now for some overall reflections of the trip:
Planning is so stressful. And not just planning, oh no, when you're done with fretting over planning then you have to move on to the execution of said planning. How are you going to get to the airport? How about to the hostel? How much money should I take out? How much am I going to spend? How much should I spend? etc, etc, etc. It almost takes away from some of the magic of the trip since you always have to worry about the next thing. However, it's so much more fulfilling when you complete them successfully. Yeah, all the mistakes are your fault but all of the successes of the trip are also yours!
|The Central Market|
Getting to travel with Alana was so helpful and eye-opening for me. Having someone there with similar interests was always so nice, but it was wonderful to travel with her specifically since she hasn't traveled much at all. I've realized that, despite my love of travelling, sometimes I don't get as excited or enthusiastic about some things. Having Alana there looking at all these things with new eyes, so to speak, allowed me to take a step back from my cynical self and really appreciate what it was like to be at this place, at this very moment, at this point in my life and take it in. Her enthusiasm rubbed off onto me and made me appreciate the smaller things, as cliched as that sounds.
There are so many other things I could say, but I'll leave it at that for now. I'll try to write soon (maybe a post on some travelling horror stories or my upcoming weekend in Samso, Denmark, we'll see!)