By Maddi Brenner
When I’m asked what it was like when I get home in a month, I hope to show them this.
Pause. When I think about all the things I’ve done this semester, it’s feels unrealistically real, honestly. Time is moving, but rarely does it feel like it’s going that fast. We only have 4 weeks left and I am finally starting to understand my place here in Greece. It’s happening. After a long hiatus from writing, I’d like to update you on where I’ve been and how all such experiences have impacted me more than I thought it would.
By Alyssa Tayrien
Opa” best translates to “oops” in English, which definitely describes my latest adventure
This story is a bit longer than my normal posts, but I think it’s funny and describes one of my favorite trips, ever. So last week, all CYA students were exempt from classes due to a Forum that took place on campus. Naturally, many of us made plans to explore Europe outside of Greece.
By Alyssa Tayrien
Thoughts on Mount Olympus
Change your perspective. Climb a mountain.
Last weekend, a group of CYA students embarked on a guided tour towards the gods and up the face of Mount Olympus. Following a lengthy bus ride, we arrived at a small shack, near a natural spring to begin our 15km journey taking place over the next 48 hours. The hike on the way up could be described an intense leg workout #dontSkipLegDay, and as a joint-testing path back down. The views demanded absolute admiration on all sides: look to the sky to for colored clouds and endless views, look left or right for scenes with hues of blues and greens. Over this long weekend with absence of cell service, I had plenty of time to think. It was both a physical and mental journey. Here’s some reflection from the side of a mountain:
By Maddi Brenner
I’m not going to lie to you… it was hard. Harder than I had expected
You know those places you only read about in books, that you sort of have to imagine most of the time because you could never fathom the fact that you’d actually get the chance to go there? That’s Mount Olympus for me.
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