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One month later [in top 5’s]

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Today officially marks my one month return home from Greece, otherwise known as the trip that changed my perspective on travelling. I thought I’d wrap up all my Greece posts with this last one that I’ve been thinking about for a little while, and share with you the things I don’t miss at all about Greece, the things I’m so happy to have back at home and of course the things I miss most about Greece.

Top 5 things I don’t miss at all about Greece [the sarcastic stuff]

1. The line-ups. Or rather, the non line-ups. That shit doesn’t exist in Greece and it drives a girl crazy, let me tell you.

2. The un-organized bus system. Every time I (line up) and wait for a bus now in Montreal, I praise the Lord that we have a functional bus system that understands the meaning of rush hour.

3. The money-spending. I mean, I do love to shop but Greece was for real getting me to spend more on souvenirs and food than I’ve ever spent in my life. Sweet baby Jesus, I once paid 18 CANADIAN DOLLARS (That’s 12 Euros) for one freaking cocktail. Also? 8 Euros on bread and dip! Good Lord!

4. The travelling. Okay this is a bit of a stretch because I also kind of loved the travelling, but I did SO MUCH MORE OF IT than I ever thought possible. Like, hi, 10 hours to get from Athens to Kefallonia? Thank heavens we stayed there for 9 days and made it worth it! The upside is that I saw a LOT of Greece… Even though hours of it was through a bus window or off a boat’s deck. The boat thing sounds like a really great time, but it really wasn’t that time kids were being sick all around me and you couldn’t go to the bathroom without being surrounded by girls on all sides feeling the sea-sickness too. Ugh.

5. The jet lag. I only got used to the time difference in our last week or so in Greece. And even then? Really freaking weird. I called my brother at 3:30AM Greece time on his birthday only to find remember it was like 7pm the day before in Montreal and he was still at work. Oops. I like being in the same time zone as my people, let’s just leave it at that. Although the whole ‘knowing people in yesterday’ thing was pretty cool. So was the whole ‘re-living the same afternoon twice’ thing when I got home. But I’m over it.

Top 5 Things I’m so happy to have back home [The truth]

1. The internet at my fingertips. Being somewhat unplugged was hard, but the toughest part was living without my 3G network. I missed being able to tweet what I was up to WHILE I was there.

2. My bed. I loved sharing a room (and sometimes a bed) with my friends, but I don’t think I’ve ever slept as well as the day I got home. It was like a cloud had landed in my bedroom and transported me to a far away land.

3. My family & friends. I didn’t exactly feel HOME SICK while I was gone, but I was really sad to miss out on a month of my sister-in-law’s pregnancy, I missed a wedding, my brother’s birthday and just cuddling with my puppy and kitty whenever I wanted.

4. Canadian money. I hated calculating 1 and a half for every single thing I bought. I was so conscious of the ridiculous amounts of money I was *throwing away*… Not to mention Euros look really funny. Although strangely enough when I got home, Canadian money looked really funny… But basically I just missed spending the money I earned at face value.

5. Melissa time. Again, I loved spending so much time with my friends & I never got sick of them, but I require Melissa time at least every once in a while. Sometimes I needed to just be in my own space for an hour or so, or I needed to go to bed at the time I wanted to, with lights off… But that was unlikely to happen in a one room situation.

Top 5 things I miss most about Greece [the mushy stuff]

1. The food. Oh God do I miss the food. I don’t think I’ve eaten a single meal since I’ve been home that has matched up to the ones I had while I was there. So much deliciousness. The yogurt, honey, lemon chicken, stuffed vegetables, gyros, fries spiced with oregano… I could go on and on.

Lemon chicken & baked potato dinner courtesy of Naoussa in Santorini… One of the best meals I had in all of Greece! 

2. The sunsets. I’d seen some beautiful sunsets before going to Greece. Some evenings, in the summer, the sky in Montreal turns into beautiful colors of pink and orange, showing the world that another beautiful day awaits tomorrow. Then I went to Greece and saw colors in the sky that are literally miraculous. The sun would set on this country in a fiery ball of deep orange, lighting the sky in reds, yellows, oranges and pinks. The moment the sun disappeared over the horizon, the entire sky would turn into some kind of rainbow, pink covering all the land in the distance, turning into deep purple and then eventually blue. Every single day in Greece was ended like this. Every single day. You didn’t have to wonder if the next day would be beautiful weather or not, either.

Santorini sunset

3.  The beaches. I mean, this one is pretty obvious, but I just loved visiting a new beach almost every single day. You can’t go to Greece without visiting them, and there’s a reason for it. They are some of the most beautiful, with the most turquoise water I have ever seen in my entire life. The sky is always clear and reflects into the water, showing the soft, sandy & sometimes rocky bottom of the ocean. I also loved spending long, lazy days laying in the sun with a drink, a book and loud music. There’s no tan like a European tan, let me tell you!

Selina, me, Agnes & Kate in front of Myrtos Beach, Kefallonia.

4. The landscapes & architecture. I was by no means ‘culture shocked’ when I arrived in Greece, but it was certainly an entirely different culture. In Montreal I’m used to seeing huge buildings, skyscrapers, the suburbs… The usual city scenery. But Greece? It’s a whole different ball game. Around each turn there’s a breath taking view, surrounding by the traditional Greek architecture. Everything was picture perfect- especially on the islands. The homes were little and adorable, the roads often built out of stones or driven on by scooters because it was just easier. This country really and truly had it’s own distinct style and I miss it terribly.

Oia, Santorini. It really is all white & blue and picturesque. 

5. My friends. I miss the last four things very much & maybe I will until the next time I travel again, but none of it would have been even half as amazing without those three girls by my side. They made the trip worth taking, it was our high school dream brought to reality at only twenty two years old. People dream of Greece their whole LIVES without going, and we were lucky enough to be able to make it out there together in our twenties. I never got sick of seeing their faces and we NEVER ( I mean seriously, never) ran out of things to talk about. I missed them the minute we said goodbye at the airport exactly one month ago today, and my days have been that much more lonely without them in it each and every single day.

Love these girls. ❤

I swear, that is my LAST post on Greece. I will stop talking about it now in huge detail. It’s been one month since I’m home- time to get back into the game & plan where-to next!

Tell me, what is YOUR dream vacation? Have you lived it yet? 

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Greece: Kefallonia [in Pictures]

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On my second day in Greece, still kind of jet lagged and tired, my friends & I hopped a 3 hour bus ride/3 hour ferry ride/2 hour bus ride to the beautiful (and less known) island of Kefallonia.

I didn’t know very much about it until going there because it’s not an island that’s visited by tourists the way that Santorini is. It’s mostly Greek families that go there on vacation or other nearby European countries that fly in.

But you guys, it’s BEAUTIFUL. I stayed there for 8 nights & 9 days with Agnes’ family in a cute little apartment in the village of Monopolata. Saying goodbye to them and to our new friends was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do.

Okay so this where Kefalonia is located in Greece:

See on the upper left side? Right next to the Ionian sea? There it is! 

The island is VERY big. The roads wind around the corners of cliffs at every turn (which is like, every 5 seconds) and you better pack some Gravol because the bus drivers there don’t slow down. They know what they’re doing.

It’s so beautiful. I didn’t know a remote island could BE so beautiful. It’s like the Greek countryside basically. Everyone who lives there only goes in the summer, so no one has TV’s, internet, computers, telephones or anything like that. You’re just living there and eating and going to the beach.

Here are some pictures from my time there:

Agnes & I on the bus headed to Kefallonia

The view off the ferry: endless ocean

First day in the room we’d be living in for a week! This place came to feel like home.

The walk up to our little apartment which was identical to this one, except on the left side!

Just chilling on a beach chair while my friends attempt to swim in the wavy ocean in front of me

Standing on the dock in the main village, Lixouri. (also the only one with internet!)

Standing in front of Myrtos Beach, the most famous beach in Kefallonia

Sitting in a tiny wooden boat for a tour of the Melissani Caves

A look inside the Melissani Caves that open up above you

Standing inside the Drogorati Caves after going down just over 200 winding stairs to get there

One of the most famous monasteries on the island, St. Gerassimo’s. It was beautiful inside & out.

The Lighthouse!

Photoshoot on the rocks by the lighthouse

Skala Beach, another really famous one on the island & one of my personal faves from my whole trip. It was not only gorgeous, but the sand was made up of soft stones & we all brought home a bagful of beautiful ones. Love!

Our last beach day- the only day in 3 weeks that had ANY kind of cloud in the sky, and it was still scorching hot out!

So that was basically my 9 days in pictures! We spent a lot of time at the beach (obviously) but we also did a lot of visiting the island. I’ll definitely save my stories for another post though. For now, I’ll leave you with these pictures while I go get ready for breakfast with a friend!

Have you entered my giveaway yet to win a care package from Greece? Only a few days left, enter right here

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I can’t believe I’m already writing my post about being home from Greece. GREECE. My very first trip to Europe & my longest away from Montreal.

It was amazing.

There was actually so much amazingness to it, I’m not sure where to begin. But there are going to be a lot of posts and I’m going to hash out lots of details for people who are thinking of visiting Greece and want some tips. I’m very excited. If you’re reading this, I hope you’re ready for a week of photos, tips, stories, and more photos.

Today though, I’m going to focus on being home. I’m jet lagged, I’m still living half out of my suitcase, and I have lots of other little things that I need to catch up on.

Before I end this short post, I have a few things I want to announce.

First, go to Greece ASAP (haha, did ya see that coming?) I will share one photo for now, just because I’m home and I want to and you’ve all been very patient:

Standing at the top of Nea Kameni, the active volcanic island of Santorini. Behind us to the left: a view of Oia! 

Second, thank you to ALL my guest bloggers. While in Greece, I checked up on you all here as much as I could, and I loved seeing you share your posts with your readers. So thank you for writing something for me, I can’t wait to plan more posts with you all in the future (hopefully) and, most of all to readers, I sincerely hope you had fun meeting new bloggers and checking them all out.

Third, while I was away I had a guest post featured on the lovely Dana‘s blog about life at the age of 21. Check her out, and check out my story about my 21st birthday!

Fourth, if you read this far well then lucky you, because I’ve been thinking about this a little bit and I’ve decided that I’d love to host my very first BLOG GIVEAWAY!!! Obviously, it has to do with Greece and my guest bloggers and souvenirs.

It’s really not much, but it’s all hand chosen things from my favorite places that I visited. So if you feel like potentially winning a little care package from the Greek islands, well good.

What I’m giving away:

(from left to right)

– one bracelet from Santorini made of real turqoise, lava stone, and the Greek key

– one evil eye bracelet from Mykonos

– one handwritten and stamped postcard from Greece

– one magnet from the most beautiful beach in Kefallonia (a personal favorite too!)

– one key chain with the evil eye and other cute little things on it

– one bookmark with some of my favorite scenery on it

– One surprise of some sort that is not pictured but that I’ll be adding in 🙂

And there you go! That’s what I’ll be happily sending you. Here’s how to enter:

1) You must be a follower of my blog. Let me know how you follow me in a comment for an automatic entry

You must also do at least ONE of the following. Each thing you do gives you an additional entry: 

2) Follow me on Twitter & tweet me about my giveaway, then leave me a comment telling me you did so. You can tweet me this if it’s easier for you (but if you @reply me something witty I’ll give ya an extra entry!)

I’m participating in a giveaway on @melissaa24’s blog ‘Press Play’ to win a care package from Greece! https://imlivinginadream.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/home-2/

3) Go visit one of my guest bloggers’ blogs (not your own of course) and link me in a comment to a post you really like of theirs for an additional entry

and finally…

4) If you leave them a comment on a post & link me to it, you get a final entry

… and if no one enters, well I’ll just have lots more souvenirs to hand out or to keep for myself hehe.

The giveaway closes at 11:59pm Eastern Time on Sunday, September 4th 2011. I will announce the winner on Monday in my blog post of the day. You have to be willing to give me your home address so I can ship you the package of course!

And that’s all I’ve got for you for today. Tomorrow I’ll start writing full posts about my trip and sharing pictures, so prepare yourself. What have you been up to? How’s your life? I’m catching up on my Google Reader slowly, but let me know how you’ve been anyway. I missed blogging!