I made it to ‘Rini!

OMG I’m blogging again! It must mean that…yep…grad school is over! It was a tough last few weeks but very much worth the five ten years I’ll be in debt.

I’m not one to get too high up on my horse so to speak, but I do have to say that I’m proud of myself for actually doing what I said I would do. I wrote this post a year and a half ago, stating that I would go to grad school and travel, even making a special nod to going to a place I’ve always wanted to see – Santorini, Greece. Well I’m proud to say I’ve done everything I wrote I would do. May 22-June 6 was a whirlwind – graduation/job searching/packing and moving home and then heading to..yep – Santorini!

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My close friend Brea and I decided back in December that we were going to do something for ourselves and since we already knew we travel so well together (London 2008 study abroad shambles!), I had free Delta benefits, and my great aunt lives in Athens, Greece we decided to hop across the pond. We spent three days in Athens admiring the ancient theaters & temples, the delicious souvlaki and the charming (and incredibly attractive) Greek men. My aunt was incredibly hospitable and it was neat to learn more about that side of my family from her.

Then we headed down to the islands. I wish we had more time to see more islands, but Santorini itself was perfect. It was the most romantic place I’ve ever been (note: we had to give several disclaimers that, no, we were not on our honeymoon and no, we were not dating, but just single straight friends who wanted to travel) and it was literally breathtaking. The water is so clear you can see through it and the city built into the cliffs is a vision of white-washed grandeur. We spent our time riding donkeys down to the port, laying out by the hotel pool, hiking the 8+ miles of the caldera trail from one side of the island to the other and indulging in the most delicious food we’ve ever had.

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Greece was a personal achievement for me – not just that I finally made it to a lifelong wanderlusted location but that I made it in general. OK, that sounds morbid. What I mean is I didn’t make any excuses for once. I could have blamed not having the money or the time. Brea could have too. But we chose to indulge for ourselves and I can say we are better people for it. We decided that we will continue the Brea & Laura Travels segment every year (budget/health etc. willing). Next up: Italy! I feel lucky to have a close friend I travel with so well with and it’s something that’s important to both of us.

So here goes, 2014: the year (yes, I know it’s half over) of trying to make fewer excuses. I’m going to attribute this goal as well to my recent motivation to join Weight Watchers to lost these stubborn 15 lbs. that refuse to come off, but that’s a blog post for a different time. I will be moving to Raleigh in two weeks for a new job (anyone need a roommate? Seriously, I’m desperate), but more on that to come later too.

Thanks for reading! Happy Summer!

 

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