Although I am going to be busy the next couple of weeks (literally two weeks from Wednesday will be the last time I find myself in Italy), I could not finish out the semester without posting about my trip to Santorini, Greece.
I will admit that there are a lot of trips that have to be recapped here, but I can already foresee all of that happening in the summer. I know that I am going to be busy reminiscing this summer as I work everyday trying to recover all of the money I’ve spent (not wasted) these past eight months.
My friend Taylor and I decided to go to Santorini very early on in the semester. It was something I was dreaming of doing before I left Europe and Taylor had been years ago and wanted to experience it all over again. I was constantly googling pictures of Santorini falling in love with the blue tops even more each time.
I have to shoutout Taylor here for really putting in the time and effort to find this trip. We looked up this trip on different weekends, different airlines, different connections, etc. We looked high and low and ultimately found the trip we just got back from.
Our plan of attack was the following:
- A Frecciarossa (fast running) train from Bologna, Italy at 6:30am to Milan Central at 7:35am
- A regional train from Milan Central at 7:55am to Milan Malpensa (MXP) Airport at 8:45am
- A two hour flight from Milan, Italy to Athens, Greece at 11:00am
- A flight from Athens, Greece to Santorini, Greece at 13:40 (Greece time is ahead one hour from the Italian time zone … we did not know this before getting here)
At that point, the beautiful hostel that we booked, allowed us an airport transfer for free. That’s right, $free.99 people. A short 10 minutes later we were settling into our hostel.
Keep in mind that Taylor and I just showed up – no plans, no recommendations. We did want to plan (if you know me, you know I’m a BIG fan of plans and itineraries) but we had been in Copenhagen just the weekend before and did not have time to get it done.
Although I won’t go into our timeline from hour to hour, we decided on the first day after seeing how difficult and time consuming it was to use the bus system to rent an ATV/quad. Who would have known that you need an International Drivers License in order to rent one of those things?!
We settled for a car. A smart car. What a beauty it was – I miss it already. We drove up and down the island in that thing. In a car, you can drive from the north of the island to the south of the island in about an hour and 15 minutes. We were in Santorini for what they consider the low season, so there weren’t many cars but many quads and scooters!
Below you will find some pictures of the trip! Scroll down to the very bottom to find out the not-so-good news about our trip!
We had some good food (Santorini has every type of food ever – my favorite was a Mexican place we found near our hostel that made some amazing tacos) and some amazing drinks.
One of the weirder parts of the trip is that Taylor and I got fish massages two times! My feet feel smoother than ever, but at first it was so weird to feel small feet eating at my feet.
So here’s the worst part of the trip (which looking back doesn’t sound that bad anymore): In order to get relatively good prices on airfare, our itinerary on the return leg consisted of a 25 minute flight from Santorini to Athens at 11:45PM and then an eight hour layover in Athens. Because we were waking up early and doing so much on our trip, when 11PM hit, we were crashing. The thought of 8 hours on the floor of an airport sounded terrible. We were already so sad to come back and then realized we would be so sleep deprived for our classes on Monday afternoon.
We messaged a couple of people on Airbnb just for them to say no because it was too last minute. Fast forward to seven minutes before our Santorini flight took off, one of my requests went through and the lady even offered to pick us up and take us back to the airport for a small fee. We were thrilled. Things ended up looking up for us and we got back to Bologna safe and sound and not sleep deprived.
Although I did spend a lot of money on this trip (I couldn’t pass up buying jewelry there), I am so glad I was able to experience this. This was by far my best trip so I guess the saying holds true, last one best one.
Now that all of my trips are over (I am sitting outside my professor’s office right now unprepared to take a final) I am focusing on Bologna, its beauty and all of the memories I’ve made here.
8 months to be in one place is a long time – I keep thinking to myself that I’ll be coming back once I leave and though I wish that was the case, it is not so for the next 14 days, I’m going to be spending time with my friends and host family and when the time comes to say goodbye, I know that I’ll be sad but I’m already so content with the way my year turned out and I know that I won’t have any regrets.
Amara and I had so many different ideas for this blog and for me, it has become a way to remember what I’ve done, remember where I was (have you seen my first posts?!) and where I am not. I hope to continue this blog through senior year and beyond. Although I won’t be abroad anymore, I hope that this blog will help someone who is to realize that no matter where you are, you will experience the good, the bad, and the ugly.