In fall 2010, Jess approached me and asked if I would be down to go on an epic adventure in Greece with a few of our mutual friends from DTU. I accepted in a heartbeat – Greece is one of the countries on the very top of my list of places I want to visit (it’s an EXTENSIVE list too!) and I am so so happy that Holger and Joe were able to make it happen. I booked flights in and out of Athens and left the rest for Holger to figure out, but I never would have dreamed that we would end up on Santorini Island – cliff diving, lying on the beach, crashing ATVs, and enjoying the beauty of an amazing sunset off the coast of Ia. These pictures don’t even begin to explain what an amazing experience it was!
Sunset over Caldera Beach
(Because no story about Santorini is complete without a photo of the beautiful blue roofs =D)
Pictures and adventures below the cut!
I apologize profusely for the delay in this post! It has been written and sitting around as an open tab for the last two weeks – I just never got around to adding photos to it! And I mean really, what’s a blog post without photos?? Aside from this, there are two posts left in this awesome saga, and those will be written… soon! I promise! =D And now without further ado – ATHENS!
I never thought I would be in Athens. For me, Athens was one of those places that I only read about in history books (such as the pyramids in Egypt) and and saw in movies about mythology – never in my life, even while planning the trip, did I really think that I would make it to Athens and stand where so many great minds of our time came from. One of the oldest cities – the beginning of Western civilization as we know it, the birthplace of democracy… I could just go on and on! I was standing in the Acropolis staring at the Parthenon when it really hit me – I’m finally here. This really exists. It’s not something that I just read about. I am so incredibly lucky to be here, taking in all of this.
View entering the Acropolis!
YESS – I’m finally returning to my second home – Denmark! It’s so strange to think that just about a year ago, I was leaving Denmark, wondering when the next time Iwould be back was. I was hoping to be able to make it this summer, and I actually did it! We had an awesome time just relaxing and chilling with people I met when I was here last year =D I’ve been so excited and I sound like an idiot just babbling on so I’m going to stop here – read on for more adventures and photos!
Unfortunately, our trip through Northern Italy was almost at an end =( However, we got to end it with two days of sightseeing and of coruse, SHOPPING, in Milano! Like I mentioned in one of my previous posts, the amazing thing about Italy is that every city is completely different than the previous one. In addition to some quick exploring and sightseeing, we met up with my good friend Stefano T!
Stefano and I enjoying some granitas in Sforza’s gardens! (Photo by Cat)
If you’ve heard me recount tales of my semester abroad, a name you may remember is Stefano, the craziest Italian of them all! He’s hilarious, an amazing chef (his pizza and coffee is to die for!), an incredibly good host, and just a total riot to hang out with! He’s also completely insane, but in a good way =D
In this portion of the trip, we explored the Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy! We met up with Andrea (a friend from when I studied abroad in Denmark) and his brother, and they took us on a gorgeous hike in the mountains!
Historical charm, delicious food, amazing architecture, and good company – who could ask for more?
Marcel/Fabio (he is having a slight identity crisis) enjoying the sun atop Pietra di Bismantova in his oversized Armani shades!
This is my new favorite quote: “L’amicizia si misura in metri di pizza” – friendship is measured in meters of pizza!
Keep reading for photos of awesome buildings and amazing food! =)
So remember how I promised I’d try and update every day? Yeah, well, screw that! However, now I have decided I will make posts encompassing the explorations of each city, so less random posts, better content (hopefully) – and perhaps they will be more timely as well!
Our trip begins with a journey to the City of Light on the River Seine – a beautiful place none other than Paris!
Additionally, this is Marcel, the travelling hedgehog. He likes food, toadstools, travelling, Armani, and being in photos! You may be seeing quite a bit of him in the next few posts!
Today, my sister made a substantial and generous donation to the young Parisian hoodlums. In the form of… her entire wallet =(
But other than that slight mishap Paris is pretty sweet =) From meeting up with old friends and Kebab #1 to napping in the sun at a gorgeous park and watching the sun set above the Paris skyline, it’s been a good day. Now, to cure this ridiculous jetlag!
Love and a kebab,