When many people think of Greece, they think of the Greek islands. The stunning blue and white color scheme, the unique architecture, the gorgeous sunsets. While Santorini and Mykonos may be the Instagram-famous islands, the Aegean Sea and its Ionian neighbors have so much more to offer. From beaches that look too picturesque to be real to towns that don’t even allow cars, each of the islands has something unique to offer. Though island season is coming to a close as the weather begins to cool down. CYA students have had the chance to explore some of these incredible islands. Here’s a guide to some of the Greek islands, as seen by CYA students:
You might see me gazing intently at a phone or camera on CYA site visits–but don’t think I’m not paying attention. For me, photography (after time spent observing, of course) is one of the ways I appreciate the details of what’s around me. And from trips into the sweeping mountains, to ancient temples, to day-to-day walks in the neighborhood, there’s so many places in Greece I want to remember! Below are ten of my favorite moments of my CYA experience so far, captured in images.
In this guest post, Modern Greek language professor Stavroula Alexaki writes about spending an evening at a world-famous open air cinema with her students:
‘Ad Astra’: towards the stars we looked on Monday evening as we witnessed both the philosophy of pursuing our inner happiness along with a breathtaking view of the shining Parthenon and its enlightening impact.
On the weekend of October 27th, some CYA provided the opportunity for students to join an adventure that many have dreamed of but few have had the chance to actually do – hike up Mount Olympus. After 3 hours of hiking, an overnight stay in a shelter halfway up the mountain, and another 3 hours of hiking the next morning, these students experienced the famed home of the ancient Greek gods firsthand.
I never know what I’ll run into when I visit the grounds of the Zappeion. Found in the middle of Athens’s National Garden, just a couple of minutes’ walk from the CYA Academic Center, the hall hosts dozens of exciting cultural and artistic events year-round. Earlier in September, fellow MediaLab intern Abby and I headed over for just one of these many occasions: the Taste of Athens gourmet food festival!
What did CYA students bring from home?
One month ago, CYA students packed their bags and headed to the airport to come to Greece. While they all (hopefully) packed the essentials when they left home, what else did they save room for in their luggage? Jewelry, sporting equipment, instruments? Thousands of miles from their normal schools, what did students feel would help them feel at home in a new country? Read these excerpts about some of the unique items brought to Greece by students to catch a glimpse of some of the personalities here at CYA this semester.
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