As I sit down to write this I am back at home in Zaragoza with a bunch of dirty laundry in the washer and my friend Grace who is here visiting asleep on my couch 🙂 Feels good to be back and getting ready for the week.
Aidan and I left about two weeks ago for Athens, Greece. We arrived on Christmas eve and the whole city was very quiet. We spent our Christmas day wandering different neighborhoods of Athens, climbing up Mount Lycabettus for a view of the city, and eating really good Greek food. I don’t even normally like feta cheese very much but it was so good in Greece that I just couldn’t stop eating it at every meal. Athens was absolutely covered in Graffiti which was interesting but there weren’t a whole lot of cool murals like you see in some cities it was mostly just tagging everywhere. It definitely gave the city a distinct vibe.
When the ferries started running after Christmas we were off on an eight hour ride to Santorini. The ferry was absolutely massive and we at least had a lounge to sit in with couches and stuff. The views were amazing as we passed a lot of other Greek islands on the way. We stayed in a town on Santorini called Karterados just outside the capital, Fira. The island was kind of a ghost town in the off season but a very pretty ghost town. We were able to catch the amazing sunsets, and explore a lot. We rented an ATV (we tried to rent a scooter but with an American drivers license in Greece for whatever reason only an ATV was permitted) and we took it on a big loop around the island.
When we took the ferry back to Athens it was a night so with less views and it was also stormy so we had to sit outside for a lot of it not to feel sick. We were definitely glad to be back in Athens. On our last day there we went to the Acropolis and the Acropolis museum which was pretty incredible. Even though it was the winter there were a ton of people there.
Next we flew to Tel Aviv just before New Years. We were able to stay with my cousin Matthew and get to see him and my cousin David. Matthew lives in Herzliya which is just outside Tel Aviv and we were easily able to go into the city for exploring. On New Years eve we rang in 2018 in a club in Tel Aviv which was a lot of fun. I love Tel Aviv but had never been there in the winter before. We went to the beach one afternoon even though it was chilly to hang out for a bit and watch the crazy people swimming (there were a few!).
After the new year we went to Jerusalem and Aidan and I stayed in a hostel within the old city walls which I had never done before and was really cool. Everything is just so old. We slept in this room that felt like a rock cave with a bunch of bunk beds. We saw all the holy sites and went out in the market in the new part of the city which at night turns into a bunch of bars.
Back in Tel Aviv we stayed with my cousins Gila, Hadar, Shir, and Roni who were back home from a trip. I love there house which has a great rooftop view of Tel Aviv. It was really nice to catch up with them. On our last day Aidan and I went to the flea market in Jaffa Port which has so many vintage Levis pants and jackets! Then we tried a delicious vegan restaurant in central Tel Aviv called Bana (highly recommend).
The next day we flew back to Spain and it felt so good to be back speaking in Spanish. I was also excited to get home because my friend Grace is here visiting and was waiting for us at our apartment!
It’s hard to believe the first semester of school here is over but I’m excited to start second semester on Monday! Can’t wait to see all my students again. Hopefully more adventures to write about soon.