Regaining my independence and my confidence one day at a time.
Today made me feel like a fancy pants tourist and it was great! Took a 6 hour boat tour of Santorini and the little islands around it. Learned all about the volcano that created the islands and got to hike on it, jumped off the sailboat into the sea, swam in the hot springs next to the volcano, ate tons of Greek food, and watched the "famous" sunset from Oia. Sometimes it's ok to spend a little extra money to have an amazing experience you may never get the chance to have again.
Adventures > money.
Greece has been very high on my list of places I wanted to visit for a long time. And I finally made it! After a very early morning flight I nearly missed, and an incredibly crowded hour long bus ride, I arrived at my hostel in Athens. My body and brain are taking some time to adjust to the extreme temperature change, but I've spent the past two days "hiking" around the city. It's very powerful to be in the presence of such ancient historically significant places. This city is old and crowded and dirty and incredibly stimulating. The food is delicious, the architecture is beautiful, the landscape is vast, and the people are a plenty. Our hostel was really helpful, we made several new friends who we explored the city with, and the view from the rooftop was unreal. One night after it got dark we went with some people we met in our hostel to the top of a mountain to sit and look out over all of Athens. If there is a top of the world view in a city, I will find it. After a few days in Athens I hopped on the biggest boat I've ever seen and head out to Santorini. 8 hours on a boat is intense when you get motion sickness and haven't slept enough for days. Nevertheless, the sea is relaxing and humbling and thought provoking. Santorini is such a neat place. I felt like a tourist on the ferry and the bus and wandering through the shopping part of town, but as soon as we started "getting lost" I felt like a traveler again; going wherever my eyes and ears and feet decide to take me. A lot of this island looks rural and spread out on top of big cliffs. It sits on a volcano so the beaches are black and red and the sea is a wild mix of green and blue from the thermal activity below. Nearly every structure here is white and blue. It's a picturesque view in every direction.