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Echoes from Greece: Westminster Honors Students Reflect on Their Time Abroad

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Posted on Friday, June 2, 2017

Echoes from Greece: Jessica Grady '19, environmental science major

May 23, 2017

Samos is our vacation on our vacation. When we got to our new hotel (at 3 in the morning), we were shocked at how nice it was! The lobby itself was beautiful and we went up to our room, it was huge and bright. There were cookies and milk waiting for us on the vanity. Taylor and I were so tired on the ferry and the bus, but it took us a while to go to sleep, because we were so excited about our room. We couldn’t wait to see Samos in the daylight.

When we woke up in the morning and went downstairs to breakfast, we were amazed! I swear they had every breakfast food you could think of; it was overwhelming. I had cereal with raisins, almonds, walnuts, and dried cranberries, and after that was gone, I went back for fruit. They had so much fresh fruit! They had four different types of olives, too! I was in heaven.

After breakfast, a bunch of us changed and then went out to lay by the pool. We realized that there were chairs down by the beach, though, so we walked across the street to hang out there. It was beautiful! We went into the Aegean Sea—even though it was freezing cold. You could see Turkey from the beach; it was really close. When we got hungry, Dani, Jake, Troy, and I went to get lunch at the hotel restaurant. I got falafel and it was delicious. We laid out by the pool on the cabanas after lunch and I stayed there until it was time to get ready for dinner. The day was so relaxing.

We had a group dinner at this place called Faros which was right along the bay, so we had a pretty view of the sea while we ate. It was seafood restaurant, so I couldn’t really eat much, but a lot of people seemed to enjoy it. After dinner, some people got gelato at this place called Two Spoons. It looked really good. After the twenty minute walk back to the hotel, I was pretty tired, but a bunch of us hung out by the cabanas for a while. I already liked Samos much better than Athens.