Travel Tuesday and I am taking you back to Athens, Greece with me. This was one of my favourite trips when I was growing up because it was my first time in a different without my parents. We were currently living in Stuttgart Germany where I attended Patch American high school for seventh and eight grade. One summer while we were there I joined the teen group to Athens, Greece. What made it really special was I got to go with my best friend Hamishe. Her family is Greek and her mother was leading our group.
Traveling to Athens, Greece was almost as fun as the time we spent in the city itself. We drove from where we lived in southern Germany into Italy and took a ferry across the Adriatic sea to Greece. Nothing like sunbathing on the ferry to get ready for the amazing adventure that awaits. In lieu of staying in a hotel we camped on the the beach which to this day is one of my favourite camping trips. The views were beautiful and the water was so clear that you could see and count the ripples of the sand on the ocean floor below. Of course we tried a lot of new foods and ate quite a lot of gyros. There were the occasional things you do not plan on when traveling into another country. We had to get off the trolleybus when a cable snapped free and stopped working. One of the girls with us got really sick and we had to take a detour to the hospital. Then there was the shopoholic (me) who spent all her money and had nothing to eat but peanut butter and crackers (that my mum packed me) by the time we got the greek ferry back to Italy.
I have shoe boxes filled of photographs and in times of nostalgia go through them over and over again. They are much different from the photographs I take today with a DSLR and years of professional photograpy experience under my belt. They may not clearly show the food we ate or acurately show of the sites to see when traveling. But these photographs below are memories of my childhood. A childhood I spend living and traveling abraod as a third culture kid. Enjoy.
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