Another Day, A Different View

“But that’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don’t want to know what people are talking about. I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old […]

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Wine Gets You Off Your Feet

In a previous post I wrote about my surprise that Greeks don’t dance. They dance, they just don’t dance like Americans do. They aren’t doing the Harlem Shake, Cha-Cha-Slide, Cupid Shuffle or dropping it down low (even though I can’t drop it down low either or shake anything without looking like Big Bird).  Once they […]

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Survival Greek and A Campus Tour

Kalimera! Good morning! After our short introduction to Greece it was easy to forget the main reason we were here was to learn. Our introduction to the American College of Thessaloniki started bright and early with a full day of orientation. There was a lot of grumbling because the day was jam packed with things we […]

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Do as the Greeks Do, Eat at a ταβέρνα and Haggle, Haggle, Haggle

My first night in Greece consisted of dinner. When I arrived it was three in the afternoon and I had had my first international meal at the airport in Turkey. I ate Burger King because they had mostly American fast food in the food court and I didn’t want to try any Turkish cuisine. I […]

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Walking Around the Neighborhood: Art in Greece

Coming from New York I’m used to seeing graffiti on the side of buildings, in train stations and on the side of buses and taxis. Sometimes you see amazing portraits but most of the time it’s curses, names of people or random words that mean something only to the person who sprayed it for the […]

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Welcome to Alexandrias! Your Home Away From Home

The moment I arrived in Greece I didn’t have much time to process what was going on. I felt a whirlwind of emotions, mostly happiness, because I had finally made it. This was where I was supposed to be. After I got my luggage I was greeted by Efi and another coordinator from the study abroad program. […]

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High Expectations While Up in The Air

It’s funny how much our minds can wander, we’re used to multi-tasking, thinking of what’s next instead of living in the now. While up in the air I wasn’t thinking about meeting my roommate, seeing my dorm room for the first time or what my first view of Greece would look like (hopefully similar to […]

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