My glorious dream of a spring break trip came to an end with a final stop in Athens. Lori and I met up with the fam, Holden and Dafni. Dafni is from Athens, and graciously offered the three of us housing for our visit. While we used Airbnb to get more of an authentic feel, rather than a touristy vibe, for the whole of our trip, it was incredible to be able to stay in a place that actually felt like family.
During our stay, we didn’t actually do too much. The first day was us three Americans going to the mandatory ancient sites like the Acropolis and the Parthenon. The next day we went to the market, and in the evening did our first Escape Room. I had never heard of them before this trip (even though there are a couple in KC), but basically you’re locked in a room with a group of your friends and you have an hour to figure out the puzzle that will open the door. Sounds fun, except for the fact that the clues were in Greek and only three of the six of us knew more than two words.
We spent a lot of time at Dafni’s house interacting with her family. We ate so much home-cooked food it made me miss my own. We learned a new card game, Tichu, which I bought to take home and have since taught my family. It was a great end to an amazing trip and I will forever treasure the memories.
While the entire study abroad experience as a whole was incredible, the memories I made and the things I got to see and experience throughout the trips I took elevated it. I am so thankful to be able to have these pictures and posts to look back on. Thank you for everything, and I still have a couple more posts to conclude with, so stay tuned!