It’s All Greek To Me

What does this phrase actually mean? Well, I’ve been in Greece a total of 28 hours and I have no idea.

Seriously though, if anyone knows, hmu.

Anyway, the last couple days have been an absolute blur. Amazing, but I. Am. Exhausted. It all started with my last blog post, leaving the United States. The journey to my new home for the next 4 months included flying 6 hours from Minneapolis/St.Paul to Reykjavik, Iceland; 3 hours to Copenhagen, Denmark; and 3 1/2 more hours to Athens, Greece.

Talk about a couple puddle jumps.

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Flying into Iceland

I landed at the Athens airport around 19:15 EEST (Eastern European Summer Time). Above all, the flights were easy.

Literally slept for all of it. 

I had no problem navigating airports, thanks to most signs also being in English. Even met a nice couple from Victoria, Minnesota in Iceland who knew a guy who worked in Lester Prairie.

Small world.

Although I have yet to experience jet-lag, I’ve had no down-time since arriving. I’ve unpacked, but as an international student…

Still feels weird to say that. 

… I’ve been on a tight schedule with tours, welcome receptions, and orientation. Not to mention making friends and meeting people from all over the world.

Google translate is the best.

Thankfully, this morning (Monday the 11th) I was able to enjoy a cup of tea and relax out on the balcony connected to my room in the apartment.

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Perfect start to the day

My 3 roommates are pretty great, btw.

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View from apartment kitchen

Starting around noon today, we set out on a downtown Athens excursion conducted by the study abroad office of ACG (American College of Greece). We, about 170 college students, were bused into the city and shown a few sites to become familiar with the area.

Two words: Simply gorgeous.

Athens is incredible, and just like any world traveler would say, “Pictures don’t do it justice.”

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Some random pillars…

Throughout the day we learned many Greek words, ate at the cutest cafe, and even partook in a scavenger hunt at one of the city parks.

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The freshest salad I’ve ever eaten (feat. Justin & Kari)

I love vegetables waayyyy to much.

Not only did I make many new friends and discover a whole new culture today, I realized how much I love new experiences, trying new things, and stepping out of my comfort zone.

But not too far, I’m being careful mom. 😉

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Rachel and I at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

I wouldn’t say the last couple days have been easy, but I am ready for a semester abroad, immersing myself in a new culture, and making memories along the way.

And studying, def looking forward to that too…

Soooo, that’s all for now. I’ve posted a few more photos in the gallery. Feel free to check them out anytime.

Or not, that’s fine too.

αντίο!

 

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Anna says:

    So cool! You are a brave adventurer! That salad looks delicious.

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    1. Emma Leverich says:

      The salad was delicious! Miss you all.

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  2. Megan says:

    What a great adventure! Love you!

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    1. Emma Leverich says:

      Love you all. I’d love to visit everyone when I get back!

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  3. Hannah L says:

    Miss you but I love, love, love seeing all of the pictures!!

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