Hey everyone! Last weekend I went to Greece and it was absolutely amazing!
There was so many things that surprised me about Greece. First, I had no idea that to get to the Island of Santorini, you had to first take a flight to Athens, and then a take flight to get there. This trip involved a lot of planning but I am so happy we did it on our own because I am getting so comfortable booking flights and planning trips which I used to not be feel comfortable doing at all before I came abroad. After we landed in Santorini, all ten of us took a taxi to the villa we were staying in for the next two days. While we were in the cab, I was totally shocked because as I looked out the window, it was not the Greece I always imagined. For miles and miles Greece was full of mountains on the water with absolutely nothing on them except for dirt. There were no houses as far as the eye could see! I never pictured Greece to be so desolate. After a couple miles of this, we turned a corner in the taxi and the beautiful picturesque blue and white houses that I always imagined Greece to look like were in front of my eyes. When we went to check into our villa, all of us just stopped and stared to take in the beautiful views we have all been seeing in pictures our entire lives. After this, we set off to explore. Something else that really surprised me about Santorini was that I did not realize that there were no beaches at the bottom of the island. My friends and I walked all the way down the entire mountain side only to discover the only way to get in the water would be to take a boat to go swimming this way. After that, we booked a cruise for the next day in order to swim. We were exhausted from walking down the hill so we decided to do the cliché donkey ride up the mountain. Me and my three other friends did this at the same time and it was actually the funniest and scariest moment of my life. These donkeys were racing each other to see who could get to the top of the hill faster and they were actually sprinting. The reason why it was so funny was because I always pictured this donkey ride up a hill in Greece to be calm and relaxing but this was a full on race. After this, my friends and I decided to get the fish pedicure where the fish nibble at your feet to get off the dead skin. This was the strangest feeling of my whole life. I paid for a thirty-minute session but instantly regretted this decision when I put my feet into the water. The only way I could describe how it felt was that my feet were vibrating. After a while, I actually got used to the feeling but I couldn’t look down at my feet because when I thought about it too hard I was getting freaked out. After the thirty-minute session, my feet were so soft I couldn’t believe it! After this, my friends and I watched the sunset which was so beautiful with all the white houses in the fore-ground. Santorini is not a crazy place at all, it is a very relaxing spot where people eat, swim in the pools, and take in the amazing views the entire day. Every one on the island was standing on the hill to watch the sunset, it was almost like it was the nights event! We then proceeded to eat dinner which was by far the best food I have had while I have been abroad. It was chicken Shish kebab with rice and it was beyond amazing.
The next day, my friends and I went on a boat cruise to explore the island from the sea. Our first stop was a volcano that had a hot spring next to it. A couple of us jumped in and it was so warm and cool to see. They said the minerals in the water were very good for your skin. Next, we had lunch on the boat and sailed around until sunset in which we stopped to watch. Watching this sunset on the water was really a highlight of the trip because we were so lucky to be able to see this world famous sunset on top of the island one night, and then see this sunset again the next night on the open sea. Greece was such an amazing and relaxing trip with great views and great food! Santorini was a very touristy island but it did not get in the way of our memories made there.
Next week my friend is coming to visit Rome and I am going to be their personal tour guide so I will be writing about that!
Hey everybody! This weekend I went to Budapest, Vienna, and Salzburg for the weekend! For all of the group trips that I have gone on, I have used a company called Bus2Alps which I have talked about in my previous posts. Because Bus2Alps did not have a group trip this weekend, I did some research online and found a company called euro adventures that had the same exact trip! During my research, I realized this company was based out of Florence. After talking to some of the representatives of euro adventures, they said that all we would have to do is take the train to Florence and then we could continue our trip with them to all these three cities! It was rewarding to be able to know I could look up everything on my own and plan a trip so easily.
On the first day, we went to Budapest. Being in Budapest was such a shock for my friends and I because after just being in Rome, which still feels like summer time at this point, and then going to a place that is 39 degrees is really such a shock. We all packed completely wrong and had to go to the H&M in the city to buy winter jackets. It was freezing! After this point, we had a walking tour of the city and the sights were so beautiful and different from what I have seen before. After the walking tour, we went to the famous thermal baths in the middle of the city and it was so interesting to see all different people gathering in these baths on such a cold day! The thermal bath building is also beautiful and I suggest that everyone should go. It's a fun way to get warm in this cold and historic city. After this, we went to a little street that looked like a winter wonderland. There, there was many various food vendors and it reminded me of Brooklyn or Soho in New York. This street really got me in the mood for Christmas because there was Christmas lights everywhere. We had some free time so we figured out that the classic dish of Budapest was goulash so we all decided to try some. It was delicious! Having the main dish of the place my friends and I are visiting always is my favorite thing to do when going out to eat because it makes me feel like I'm really somewhere different than I've ever been. In the night, euro adventures brought us on a cruise to sight see and it was absolutely beautiful to see the city at night.
On the second day, we headed to Vienna. Honestly, I've never heard much about Vienna so I had no idea what to expect. We had a walking tour and it was absolutely beautiful. My friends and I agreed that it felt like we were walking into royalty because of how many palaces they had there. We also learned about many of their traditions in the city and it was apparent how proud they were to be from Vienna which I always love to see. Euro adventures is very relaxed with their plans so this was a free day for us which was nice so we had our own time to explore and figure out this city.
On the last day, we went to Salzburg for sight seeing, and a Sound of Music tour. It was so fun to see where this influential and classic movie was made and all the amazing hills and views. This day was my favorite part of the trip because it was so fun seeing the mountains while singing the songs of a movie I have been watching since I was a little girl! This tour was fun loving and I suggest it to anyone who goes to Salzburg, even if you didn't see the movie it was very informative!
This trip was something I was really looking forward to because it was off the beaten path of what everyone usually does on their abroad weekend trips but my friends and I agreed it is so underrated and something that had to be seen.
Next week, I will be writing about how I am going to something I have really been looking forward to which is Greece!