Last Sunday my friend Xanthippi invited me over to spend the afternoon cooking with some other friends, the perfect introduction to Greek living. Just getting to her house required a long trip to the suburbs which revealed what daily life outside of the city center is like: here, happily, a pedestrian can walk without fear of being hit.
Ileana Riverón is a current Harvard College senior, CYA Alumna and CYA Ambassador. The recent article “Kineticism and Rest,” in The Harvard Crimson newspaper features a wonderful interview with Illeana. She reflects on her life-changing study abroad experience and compares this to life as a student at Harvard.
119 days sounds like plenty of time to travel and see everything there is to see, right? Well factor in; class, field trips, homework, money, and exploring the city of Athens, it’s not. Thankfully CYA offered spring students 3 optional trips, Venice and Ravenna, Barcelona, and Crete.
The use of classical and antiquity-related themes in modern cinematography has become a popular field of research in humanities in the recent decades. This semester, CYA students have the opportunity to explore such themes in our casual and fun series of Ancient World & Film Movie Nights held at the Academic Center Cafeteria Lounge.
We are pleased to host the lecture by Thomas W. Gallant, Professor of Modern Greek History and Archaeology at the University of California, CYA Alumnus (’76) and member of our Board of Advisors : Murder on Black Mountain: Love and Death on a Nineteenth Century Greek Island on Monday 13 March at 7:00 p.m.
Kafeneia are small cafes where men gather to pass the time, often swinging komboloi, “worry beads,” in their hands. They are vital in small villages. In the village in Crete where I lived for a month, there was no proper store for food or necessities and not even a taverna, but still, there were two kafeneia and often these were full.
CYA is a not-for-profit educational institution that has been offering semester, academic year, and summer study abroad programs in Greece for over 5 decades. We offer students an academically outstanding program of studies combined with the vibrant experience of day-to-day contact with the people, monuments, and landscape of Greece and the Mediterranean.