Hiking to Happiness

By on Oct 30, 2017

Over the course of the last few weeks, I have experienced multiple adventures walking both up and down various hills and mountains throughout Greece. Now, those of you who know me know that I do not like cardio. At all. You might get me to do a fast walk, but climbing and running? Nah. I started preparing for just this kind of situation some six months back by losing a significant amount of weight and getting in better shape. I’ve been happy to find that while these treks can be strenuous  and challenging, they were not impossible. Six months ago, I would have looked at these mountains and flat out told myself I couldn’t do it. I would have said it was impossible and I would have given up before I had even started. But ya know what? I’m not that person anymore. Through the motivation and support of new friends I’ve made (as well as the mandatory aspect of some...

There is Hope Out There

By on Oct 30, 2017

Sometimes the things in life that bring us the most joy, are the simplest ones — the things we fail to acknowledge in the craziness of our nonstop, daily schedules. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” This past week, I think I came a little closer to finding myself. While study abroad programs often provide incredible opportunities for learning and traveling, the real experience isn’t found inside of a book or on a sunny beach or even at a historical site visit. The true study abroad experience is found beyond the classroom, in the heart of the often difficult realities that exist around us as we carry on with our daily lives. CYA’s encouragement of students to partake in volunteer work while studying abroad provides individuals with these real-world encounters, which often involve the devotion...

Old T-Swift Tugs at My Heartstrings

By on Oct 17, 2017

Old T-Swift Tugs at My Heartstrings

A Reflective Ride

By on Oct 11, 2017

Today I took the metro.

Yes, it may seem like a simple accomplishment, and surely something I shouldn’t just now be doing for the first time after a whole 6 weeks of living here in Athens. But, it is a daunting task, no matter how seemingly ordinary…

Mechanical Minds

By on Oct 9, 2017

Whenever I start to think about how our minds work, I always seem to imagine an organized and efficient system of spinning gears in my head. Which is funny, because if there were, in fact, gears in my head, they would most definitely need to be oiled.

Feeling Fresh!

By on Sep 26, 2017

Friday morning, I was on my way to the grocery store to pick up some fresh steaks, when I stumbled upon one of the greatest things I have found thus far in Athens: The Pangrati Farmers Market! It was around 3:30 in the afternoon and the market was approaching closing time, so as I walked through the street, admiring the rainbow or fruits and vegetables spread out across crates and tables, my ears were bombarded with the auctioneer-like shouting of discounted prices and playful vendors grabbing the attention of any and every passerby. For only 7 euros, I as able walk away from the market with a full bag of fresh green beans, a head of lettuce, two cucumbers, an overflowing container of cherry tomatoes, four peaches, and two bags of grapes. And to think, I was afraid of grocery shopping when I first arrived! Ha! A month into this endeavor, and I’ve already mastered the farmers...