If you're down for the longest blog post of all time, HEY-O, I gotcha covered, pal. (but we're talking photos of unbelievably gorgeous sites, so it's a good thang.)
A year ago this month, Ryan and I went to Greece with a group of our classmates and two of our professors from Logsdon, and it was seriously the most amazing experience for both of us. Neither of us did much traveling growing up, so our honeymoon to Mexico back in 2015 was a milestone for both of us in a lot of ways. But we spent 99% of our time there eating massive amounts of fresh chips and salsa and laying on the beach, so Greece was much more of a hey-let's-be-world-travelers kind of milestone We both dream of seeing the world together, and this trip to Greece showed us that traveling the world was indeed everything we'd hoped and then some. Not only did we go with a rad group of friends (shout to my girl Brittany, for her endless willingness to catch shots of Ryan and I throughout this once in a lifetime experience), and get to see and experience (and eat lol) SO MUCH, but we had the wonderful experience of seeing the ministry of PORTA, a ministry for Albanian refugees in Athens, in action and meet the wonderful community that has blossomed there. We got to dialogue with poli-sci grad students about the refugee crisis and global citizenship and our responsibility to each other. We got to listen and learn.
I know everyone says this, and it's pinned on every wanderlust Pinterest board, but friends, it's just true. Going to new places and meeting new people changes everything. Seeing all the unique, different-than-you-and-your-corner-of-the-world places and people out there makes you feel small. But not in a depleting sort of way. It's more like a feeling of inclusion and awe that you get to be a part of something so much bigger than yourself. It's a feeling I just can't get enough of.
Here's just a little bit of the beautiful land of Greece through my eyes, from my heart.
The Acropolis, Athens
Mars Hill, Athens
Koukaki District, Athens
Hadrian's Arch & Zeus' Temple, Athens
Plaka District, Athens
Panathenaic Stadium, Athens
Syntagma Square, Athens
Poseidon's Temple, Cape Sounion
Island of Hydra
Island of Petros
Island of Aegina
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