Valerie Hanson – Studying in Greece

Hi there!

I’m on the faculty-led trip to Greece right now, typing this on my phone in a hotel room in Crete because my laptop is at the bottom of my bag and my roommate is a light sleeper so I don’t want to wake her up, but this trip has been one of new experiences, so why not add blogging on my phone to the list. I know, it’s kind of a lame new experience, but I’ve learnt to take everything as it comes over these past few weeks, even the small things so I’ll take it. It’s what differentiates travelers from tourists.

I could tell you all about our travels and give you a day-by-day account of where the 17 of us have gone, but that doesn’t actually give you any insight to what this experience is really like. This trip is transformative in more ways than one for me and my classmates. I honestly couldn’t say one thing that’s happened that has changed my experience, because it’s everything put together.

After a long year of studying and stressing about classes, it’s refreshing to be in a place where history, knowledge and stories surround you. I learn everyday from the people and places I interact with. I learn best like this, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I’ve talked to a lot of Greek women especially to hear their stories and experiences and it’s interesting to see the human experience stay consistent, even from across the world where you wouldn’t expect it to. There’s an energy in the Cyclades, which is the group of islands that we’ve been traveling around, that’s unlike I’ve seen before. There’s a lot of history, a lot of myths that permeate through the culture and breathe life into the people that I haven’t seen in the States.

Traveling with this group of people is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and I think it came at a perfect time for me.

You know what they say: once a traveler, always a traveler. Do they say that? They should.

Anyway, much love,

Valerie

 

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