So here we meet again blog, I am so sorry for neglecting you for the past couple of weeks. I could not even begin to tell you the craziness/adventures I have had. Well, I'm going to and that is why I am here. **warning this post will be long, but I promise interesting. Just imagine Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" in the background.**
When I tell you this, you may not believe me, but I would never lie (okay maybe sometimes I lie to myself about how much money I ACTUALLY have in my bank account...). On March 25th, April 3rd, AND April 5th I saw the Pope. You think I'm kidding? Fine, here's the proof!
March 25th - General Audience / Papal Blessing
April 3rd - Good Friday Procession / Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum (cut me some slack I know it's blurry)
April 5th - Easter Mass
So now do you believe me?! If it makes you feel any better, I cannot believe it myself. Sometimes when I look at those pictures I have to pinch myself. Especially when I think about how I was able to spend Easter weekend in Rome. Like, okay, I got to see the Pope AND receive the Eucharist from the Vatican. That's something only few people in the world can say they did. It is truly a blessing, and I cannot explain to you what that feeling is, because I cannot explain it to myself. But, just know, if you are here in Rome for Easter Weekend, catholic or not, you MUST go.
And what did I do right after I saw Pope Francis? I sat in Rome for a week...and although that would not be the end of the world, I did not do that. I WENT TO GREECE. G-R-E-E-C-E. The best place on this planet (besides Rome of course & maybe New York...okay you get my point).
Myself and 9 of my girlfriends stayed in Santorini from Sunday April 5 - 12. The island was small, but we found ourselves busy each day. While the weather told us it was going to be sunny everyday, we really only had 2 days of pure sunshine. But that did not stop of us from having the time of our lives.
The way we planned staying around the island was awesome. At first we stayed south in Perissa Beach, and rode ATVs EVERYWHERE. If you ever want to piss of a Greek driver, have a line of 5 ATVs on the road and occasionally lost. But we made it to Red Rock Beach and the Lighthouse...oh wait! Did I mention that both of these places required walking to extreme heights?! and that I am afraid of heights?! But, you never want to be that one guy who sits at the bottom while everyone else has fun. So I had to get over my fear of heights...and boats...for this week.
Fira was our next stop (the city of infamous cheap gyros and lots of bars, too many to actually count actually). & Oh yes, Natalie did a boat tour...in the rain...and the boat rocked, a lot. I really thought that was the end, BUT YET AGAIN DO NOT WANT TO BE LEFT OUT. And I am happy I did it. Because on that boat tour, I climbed up a volcano and swam in Greece's hot springs and mud baths. And it was awesome. Sure I was seasick for the entire day, but it was worth it. I loved Fira, regardless of how tiny it was. I ate gyros all day and had my feet be tickled by tiny fish, like the Kardashian's did. & after my lovely, oh so unforgettable time in Fira, we traveled to Oia. Yes, Oia, like the google'd pictures of Greece. And I stayed there. Yup still pinching myself.
Oia and the place we stayed at, Oia Suites, was absolutely to die for. The buildings were breathtaking. You could just watch around and climb on them all day (hopefully you won't get yelled at by the hotel/home owners). & you stay all day because YOU HAVE to watch the sunset. Pictures do not even do the sunset justice. Any pictures I post will not do Greece justice. It was the best week of my life, and I got to do it with 9 of my girlfriends. Not many people can say they did that at the age of 20.
So after my short, yet amazing time in Greece, it was back to reality. Back to papers, tests, class, etc. But I will never forget Greece, and I will never forget the memories I have with her (him? I'm not sexist).
Here's my advice to any travelers...plan it YOURSELF. It will absolutely be worth the stress and money. Yes some things will go wrong, some you can be in control of, and some you cannot be in control of. You will disagree with people, and maybe even yourself. But, in the end, whatever will be, will be. AND! Have absolutely no regrets about it. None. I mean it. That's life!! (and now you must go listen to that song by Frank Sinatra).
Also, 21 days till I'm home.
View from Red Rock Beach
ATVing around the south of Santorini
AND IN THE MORNING, I'M MAKING WAFFLES (if you do not understand that reference you did not have a childhood)
Volcano climbing with the crew
Holy tickle! Dr. Fish Spa, Fira
I ate 3 of these in 1 day.
OIA <3 <3
Sunset at Oia