Monday, July 25th
Today is our last full day in Greece.
A group of us went to get fish pedicures (I didn’t get one). They looked weird. I tried a waffle at Waffle House afterwards and kinda regretted it because I’m not the biggest waffle person, I just wanted to try one in Europe. Kelsey, Nick and I then got gyros and devoured them while walking back to the hotel. We then left Naxos.
The ferry ride back was pretty rocky but we were in business class so it was pretty cool. I actually napped, which is rare for me, so it was a great ride actually. Everyone looked like they were drunk when they were walking, including myself, which was also very entertaining.
When we got back to Athens we spent some time packing up and then went to dinner at Smile, bringing the trip full circle. When we were done some of us went and sat on the rooftop bar. I couldn’t stop soaking in the Acropolis.
Afterwards a lot of us stayed up all night and hung out, sharing our favorite memories of the trip and of each other. It was fun. I don’t really know what to say here, because I feel like with finality you are supposed to have some great emotional speech. I’m supposed to say what I feel, how I grew, how I’m different, what this meant to me… but I don’t really know how to do that. I don’t know how to say how I changed or how I grew, because I believe change is fluid and gradual and I think the affect this had on me will be long-term rather than something I can express in some small paragraph. I’ll miss Greece in ways I can’t describe and these people mean so much to me, but at this point I just feel numb and excited to see Italy. This piece of graffiti I saw while walking back from Smile, for some reason, felt fitting to me. It somehow describes this trip ending.