My Next Adventure – Santorini, Greece

Sunset in Oia, Santorini, Greece

My love affair with Greece started at a somewhat younger age, and it has only become stronger with time. I have my mother to blame for this; she made me take Latin as my foreign language in high school instead of the preferred Spanish, which gave way to an interest in Roman and Greek mythology, history and architecture. And while technically the ancient Greeks had their own language separate from Latin, the two have been so intertwined over the years as to become nearly indistinguishable as father and mother of the modern English language.

Santorini, GreeceI have to admit, I was not the best Latin student. I adored my instructor, and she is still, to this day, probably the most brilliant woman I have ever met (I mean you, Ilona Thompson, if perchance you should read this). Nevertheless, she was able to excite us about the history related to the language and the region, and to the ancient civilizations that speak what are referred to now as “dead” languages (although i beg to differ on the semantics of what “dead” means).

Bordering the Aegean Sea, Greece is one of Europe’s more “tropical” locations. This is mainly on account of the island of Santorini, and the reason my affair with Greece is slowly but surely becoming an obsession with the unattainable. For now. My awareness of modern media and film urges me to insist that my desire to see Santorini has nothing to do with an underlying desire to be part of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, real or fabricated. Although it is tempting if such a sisterhood does exist and could guarantee me a trip to this island. But to me, this island is a must-see for any world traveler. The brightly colored architecture juxtaposed against the clear blue ocean is enough to make me sigh out loud just thinking about it–and I am sure will bring tears to my eyes if I get the chance to witness it in person. And my desire to see Greece in general has only increased since it was a tentative plan for my graduation gift upon receiving my Bachelors degree last year, but alas, the plan fell through.

Moon over Santorini, GreeceMy dream trip is not as far out of reach as I may have suggested: My family and I may in fact venture to Italy, and to Rome in the Spring months of 2013 to celebrate my father’s 50th anniversary since being ordained as a priest (I know, crazy.) That being said, we plan on making a week or two of the adventure, and Greece is definitely on our list of to-dos, especially since we will be so painfully close by whilst in Rome. My dream of cruising around on a scooter along the Santorini coast will hopefully become a reality, and I am ecstatic at the mere prospect.

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About Paulette Hernandez

My name is Paulette Hernandez (aka Globetrotting Foodie) and I am an intern for Marginal Boundaries. I have traveled to Bogota, Medellin, and Cisneros, Colombia a number of times to visit my family, and I have also had the opportunity to travel to Dubai, UAE and Montreal, Canada. I have always enjoyed traveling and hope to continue to do so. What I truly enjoy about traveling is all of the delicious, cheap, and readily available food! I think recipes passed down generations are the gateway into an unknown culture and that a person can learn a lot about a country’s past and present through their local cuisine. The way to my heart is my stomach, and thus I also learn the heart and soul of a culture!

4 Comments

  • Andrew says:

    Santorini is really very cool and well worth it as your first look into the Greek Islands. Spend some time there and see what it has to offer including the volcano in the center of the lagoon. I did Santorini as my first flight after 10 years of not being on airplanes. It was definitely worth it. I was only there a few days, and my wife and I talk about going back to see more of the island.

  • Thanks so much Kristin! I had been told too many times how expensive Greece is and my dream was slowly but surely being destroyed. It is great to know that I can go there on a budget and still enjoy all the country has to offer!

  • Awesome…phenomenal info, Kristen. Thanks a ton of sharing and I’ll be sure to poke Paulette this morning to make sure she sees your link :)

    I spent a lot of time in Greece when I was living in Bulgaria, day trips and bus rides and the like. Loved the country and can’t wait to go back.

  • Kristen says:

    Love Greece. The country definitely wins for best food. You can check out my adventure here if you’d like:

    http://hopscotchtheglobe.com/2012/01/05/budget-greece-discover-the-beauties-of-greece-without-burning-a-hole-in-your-wallet/

    I did Greek on a pretty tight budget, and had an absolute blast!

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