Greece 2017 – Day 1

We arrived in Greece in the morning, though we were a little late. I slept a little on the plane, but not much at all, so I was pretty tired, but it’s amazing how adrenaline can keep you going long after you normally would have crashed. We had an apartment waiting for us and the host was kind enough to arrange a taxi to pick us up. Luckily, he spoke English and was able to tell us about the things we were passing and where to swim with kids near Athens. Sometimes long taxi rides can be pretty awkward, but this driver was very friendly and helpful.

When we arrived to the apartment, our host was waiting for us and he actually gave us free SIM cards, which was very nice of him. Once he left, we set out to find some food. We didn’t really know where exactly we were and it was getting later into the afternoon, so we ended up eating lunch at an overpriced restaurant near our apartment. The food wasn’t bad; we just thought it was expensive for what it was.

After lunch, we went back to the apartment to shower and lay down for a bit. We ended up doing a free Athens walking tour at 6 that evening. Yes, I know it’s crazy to do that the first day, but it really is best if we try to acclimate ourselves immediately. So somehow we got through a 3 hour tour that included several hills in Athens. We did get some pretty amazing views of the city, though! Our tour guide used to work for the metro system and had a lot of knowledge about the city. He was able to explain all sorts of things about Greek life, including history, sports, art, culture, and current politics regarding Greece’s relationship with the EU, etc. It was all very interesting.

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After the tour, we headed to find something to eat and ended up at a random diner. Of course, afterwards, we had to check out the gelato on a nearby street!

It was late by the time we got back but we had to make use of the rooftop terrace!


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