Paros, Greece… wow! It has been amazing! I could probably fill up this entire blog post with just what we did today. This is my first trip abroad and it has been quite an experience.
Today was filled with adventures to different places including a cave on Antiparos. This cave was amazing and very deep. I don’t think I have ever climbed that many stairs in one go. Everyone that came back up was out of breath and tired from the steep climb. The cave had graffiti all over and plenty of those writings were in Greek that we couldn’t read.
Other things included in today’s activities were shopping and a group dinner. It has been really fun hanging out with this group of people and getting to know them. Our group dinners have been fun so far. We have tried a lot of different foods and bonded over these experiences. The food has been very tasteful and the people serving us are so friendly. Greece has very different food and if anyone knows me, it is a big change that I wouldn’t normally enjoy, however, I have enjoyed trying the different foods here and expanding my taste buds.
My experience overall has been great. I have learned a lot about the culture of Europe and many things that they do differently. Manners and way of life is just more relaxed here in Paros. The atmosphere is nice and really enjoyable. I love that there are cats everywhere. It makes me love to walk the streets and find them. They even allow these cats to stroll into the restaurants and mingle with the tourists. All of us in the group have found regulars in certain areas and named a few of these cats. One in particular is Blepp who is a very distinctive cat and has a lot of character. Holding the title of everyone’s favorite, he is little disformed and has a particular smell that you can’t get over. His personality is very sweet and gentle, and he is a fun addition to this trip.
The waters on the Paros shores are fabulous. It is so clear and crashes onto the rocks which is so wonderful to watch. The streets are very beautiful as well. They have a lot of history and they are comparable to a maze. The famous white walls shine in the light and make Greece unique to anyone that ventures here, and everyone definitely should.