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Study Abroad - Chris Stamas' blog
Studying in Greece
Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010
Over the last 4-day weekend, my friends and I decided to rent a car and road-trip around Greece. While many students choose to fly from country to country while abroad, we quickly found out that traveling by car can be a far better experience.
The fact that none of us knew how to drive stick shift didn’t stop us. Rather, it made for quite a story and allowed us to acquire a new skill in the process.
Our first stop was in the town of Patras where St. Andrew’s Greek orthodox church rose high above the city. Inside, it was ornately decorated from floor to ceiling. It is one of the most spectacular buildings I’ve ever seen.
The beauty of the seaside town known as Anfilohia forced me to pull over. While it wasn’t a planned stop on our trip, it turned out to be quite memorable.
While in Athens, it is easy to forget how beautiful and diverse the landscape is in Greece. During most of our trip, my friends and I could not believe what was in front of us.
Along the side of the road, a green grocer had all his produce outside for sale. A delicious apple was the perfect snack for the road.
These small replica churches serve as monuments for the deceased. It is a reminder of how prevalent the Greek Orthodox religion is across the country.
Stray dogs and cats can be found all over Greece especially in smaller villages in the countryside. While on a walk, we were followed by this little guy. Clearly, I wanted to take him with us for the rest of the trip.
Our final destination was the city of Ionnina since we were told over and over of its natural beauty. Clouds cover the adjacent lake in the morning creating an effect that is hard to believe. It felt as though we were standing in the middle of the sky.
The road-trip was a perfect way to see Greece in its natural state. It was a long weekend well spent and allowed us to appreciate one of the most beautiful European countries.