Eleonas Refugee Camp

This past week, my Ethnography class went to the Eleonas Refugee Camp in Athens. This was the first major refugee camp and is still one of the biggest housing over 700 people, mostly from Afghanistan. Most of the people in Eleonas only stay for 2 or 3 days, but since they have closed the borders of Greece, they are now staying for longer amounts of … Continue reading Eleonas Refugee Camp

Cape Sounion & Attica Zoo

One weekend, a group of us made our way over to Cape Sounion, the site of ruins of an ancient Greek Temple of Poseidon. Perched atop a high hill, this temple overlooks the sea and is just gorgeous. According to Greek mythology, Aegeus King of Athens though his son was killed and threw himself off the cliff giving the Aegean Sea it’s name. This place was used … Continue reading Cape Sounion & Attica Zoo

Cinque Terre: The Picturesque Manarola

I’ve seen pictures of Cinque Terre on Pinterest, travel blogs and from friends who have traveled there but I never thought I’d get to see those beautiful colorful houses in person anytime soon. When planning our trip to Italy, Caroline and I saw that we could make a quick day trip to one of the five towns, Manarola. This was a trip well worth the … Continue reading Cinque Terre: The Picturesque Manarola

Ακρόπολη Αθηνών | Acropolis Athens

I can’t believe I’ve already been living in Athens for as long as I have. It feels like only yesterday I was living without my suitcase! At the end of two weeks here in Athens, I found it outrageous that I’d yet to have visited the major sites here in Greece! So my roommate Rachel and I  decided to take our first free day to … Continue reading Ακρόπολη Αθηνών | Acropolis Athens

Aegina Island and Our Lesson in Greek Cooking

Aegina is one of the closest islands to Athens. Some of the people who live there even commute to Athens daily for work. The harbor of this town was more touristy than the the one we’d already visited, and it was apparent this was a popular place for a day trip like the one we were doing.           While we were … Continue reading Aegina Island and Our Lesson in Greek Cooking

Κέα-Τζιά: Exploring an Under-Appreciated Island

When you think of the Greek islands, Santorini and Mykonos come to mind. By day, pristine white-wash buildings with bright blue roofs and colorful flowers spilling over the sides, but by night crazy night life and bars that are packed with visitors to the islands. While I know these islands are worth a visit, it’s time to step out of the tourist bubble. There are … Continue reading Κέα-Τζιά: Exploring an Under-Appreciated Island

Vineyard Wines: Local Wine in the Making

Καλημέρα from Greece! Finding farms and local produce while in Greece is not hard. From fresh markets in Pangrati every Tuesday and Friday, to local wineries, you can find anything you want fresh and free of preservatives. The small group of Arcadia students and I, studying abroad in Athens got to take a tour of a local winery and taste the fresh wine. Sandy and Maria were … Continue reading Vineyard Wines: Local Wine in the Making