The Ultimate Greece Experience | My Family Travels
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Every year at my school we have the eleventh graders take a class trip together. Last year one friend and I planned a trip to Greece. We waited with excitement the whole year for the ultimate experience. We were able to book a cheap airline ticket with Easy Jet, and we stayed in a nice hostel right next to the Acropolis. Altogether there were 27 students and 2 teachers. Our group was certainly a lively and luminous one.

The trip started at the airport in Berlin. . We met by the check-in desks to turn in our luggage. It was funny to see everyone there on a normal Sunday afternoon. A large group of 29 people blabbering in English walked through the halls to the terminal. On the plane each person was able to choose their own seat; I and my two friends sat down by one of the emergency exits. It was our first time to sit in the seats of those responsible for the safety of the others. Fortunately, the plane did not crash, so we arrived safely to Athens without having to utilize the emergency door.

The night had fallen upon us, but we were not prepared to fall asleep. Everyone was allowed to scour the streets of Athens for a little longer. The Acropolis was illuminated directly above us. The air was warm and soothing. It was a wonderful night.

The next morning we woke up and discovered our breakfast outside of the door. We expected a proper buffet, but all we found were a few white baguettes and some butter, jam, and nutella to put on top. Thankfully, I had saved a banana from the day before, so at least the baguette wasn’t so plain with nutella and banana. Soon afterwards we met outside and walked a few blocks to the Acropolis. It had a different feel to it in the daylight. The sun shone on us with intensity. Most of us continued to apply sun lotion every so often because the sun was so strong. I was silly enough to believe that a tiny bottle of sun lotion would suffice! I ended up using my friends’ sun lotion for the rest of trip. A few of my friends were intent on getting truly tan, although they were already naturally dark, thus they applied baby oil onto their skin instead!

During our trip, we visited the Acropolis, Roman Agora, Ancient Agora, Hadrian’s Arch, and the Olympic Stadium in Athens. We also took a day cruise to the islands of Hydra, Porros, and Aegina. There we saw the extraordinary architecture of the houses and pleasant life of the islanders. Of course we also took a swim in the Mediterranean ocean. We had another day trip to see the ruins in Delphi. The place was not too interesting as the ruins appeared commonplace and unattractive. However, the same evening my two best friends and I had the most amazing experience! We got some ice cream and went to see a movie on the rooftop of a house!

Not only did we enjoy the various sights of Greece, we also loved the food. One evening we had a formal dinner at a restaurant, and there we ate the best food in the world-moussaka! Moussaka is similar to lasagna, but it consists of egg plant, potatoes, chopped lamb meat, and some ketchup and cheese on top. Gyros, fresh fruits, and baklava were other favorites of ours as well.

The trip was a success, and we all made memories that we will never forget!

 

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