On Wednesday, July 22, CYA’s Virtual Lecture Series hosted former faculty and long term advisor, Michael Herzfeld, the Ernest E. Monrad Research Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University for a presentation on “Stereotypes and Realities: Reflections from Rural Greece.”
Going into the week of midterms, I had no idea what would be in store for the next few days. I was stressed out studying for my exams and had pushed all other thoughts to the side. Even on that Wednesday, when Donald Trump had announced the first of many travel bans from Europe to the United States, I wasn’t thinking about the possibility of having to go home. However, the next day I was forced to face reality when my home institution sent the dreaded email which told me that I was now required to leave my new home. Friday morning I woke up and was determined to make my last day in Athens a day worthwhile.
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.
“First we need to care about the Planet, then the People, and after about Profit”. APIVITA co-founder, Nikos Koutsianas, welcomed CYA’s Political Economy in a Historical Context: From Ancient Greece to Modern Greek Crises class with these words, while on a tour of their Industrial Park. APIVITA means “Life of Bees” and in their headquarters, strategically named “The Bee Hive” students learned from Koutsianas about the “APIVITA way of life.” This life revolves around “strong philosophy, values, social responsibility, heritage, and an innovative outlook.”
While Athens is a very accessible city, it is always helpful to have apps on your phone to guide you through the winding roads. Whether this is your first time in Greece or your thirtieth, apps make everyone’s lives easier. Below is a list of our 16 favorite applications that you can download right onto your phone. All of these apps are free on the app store and do not require in-app purchases. Most of these apps are not limited to Athens, but can be used in other parts of the county and beyond. Note: Many of these apps do require the user to have data while in Greece. CYA can recommend students to phone companies that offer pre-paid sim cards for students to purchase while in Greece.
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