As one of the only 24 hour diners in Pangrati, serving delicious crepes 24/7, Poco Poco obviously became a CYA favorite from the very beginning of the semester.
While studying for exams, writing endless essays and simply just being too lazy to grocery shop in the last two weeks of the semester, I found myself at Poco Poco quite frequently with friends as we wrapped up our study abroad trips and tried to spend as much time as possible together our final days.
Nowadays, in America, we have lost the authenticity of European cafés as they existed in the 19th and 20th centuries. I long for the ability to walk into a café, and in doing so, enter a reality of salon culture that’s been dead for over 60 years.
But in an age of globalization and widespread social media, I have accepted that I will only get so close to achieving that ideal. Luckily – at least for the time being – I think I’ve found my solution: Κέκκος.
On 23 October 2017, students of Professor Hüseyin Öztürk’s Aegean & Ancient Greek Art & Archaeology course gave the first round of conference-style presentations in front of their fellow classmates. In the typical conference fashion, simple refreshments of water, tea, coffee and snack cookies were provided, as students congregated in the CYA auditorium around 08:35.
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.
When traveling through a foreign country, one easily finds themselves stuck between the dichotomy of the profane and the sacred. One experiences the ephemeral realities around them, so vastly different from their home environments, and they wish to capture these rarities so as to keep them forever. Yet, they are fleeting moments, and cannot be contained for more than the present in which they are experienced.
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