To think back to what my spring break looked like a year ago feels like a different lifetime to me. It was too good to be true! Not only did I see some of the most breathtaking views, but also I was able to do it on a low budget, with some of the best people, and in a culture like no other.
Let me tell you, when you go abroad you will go to places you cannot even pronounce or be able to explain the beauty within them once you leave. Greece is on the very top of that list, and I can imagine that anyone who has been there would agree with me. I went to three different destinations throughout my trip and they are all equally indescribable in their own ways.
First, Athens: talk about going back in time! Not only did I see some of the most historic landmarks, but I also ate the best food, and met the nicest of locals! My next stop was Santorini and that island could not look bad if it tried. I mean honestly, every direction you turn you see deep blue water or the iconic blue and white buildings. I went ATVing all around the island for a day with friends with a low cost of only 40 euros! We went to three different beaches and explored the ins and outs of the island. We ate gyros, true Greek yogurt, and all of the Greek salad anyone could want, for very reasonable prices. The final stop of our spring break trip was to the island of Corfu. It was a quieter island that thrives off of tourism, and the locals truly appreciate when foreigners come.
The Greek economy and political system has been in a crisis and I learned a lot about it during my stay in each of the three areas in Greece. It is really sad to see the hurt in the people who are working seven days a week to make a living for their families. As nice as it was to do so much while spending so little money, I did recognize how some people living there really do struggle financially. While I was there, I supported local shops and really got to know and understand the people and their culture. Based on my own experience, I learned that the Grecians are the most welcoming and friendly people, who truly want everyone who come, to have a positive experience in all ways during their time in Greece.
Overall, you really cannot go wrong by venturing to this country and it’s many islands to choose from! My trip to Greece is an experience like no other, and I would recommend to anyone looking for a low cost adventure. So, if you are like me and tend to plan things last minute, you should look into spending your spring break in Greece!
Julie Lamagna is a Junior majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and minoring in International Studies. She studied abroad during the 2016 Spring semester in Rome, Italy. She traveled to seven different countries during her time in Europe and learned more about her Italian Heritage. She loves to explore new places and is already trying to plan another trip!