Athens Day 1- Getting Our Bearings and Eating Gelato

Athens is an incredible metropolis at the base of the acropolis (hahah) which houses the ruins of temples dedicated to some of the Greeks’ most worshipped Gods and Goddesses.

We freshened up at the hotel, and then explored the neighborhood of Plaka- the main square beneath the Acropolis. It is filled with markets, restaurants, and shops.

We stopped to grab a cappuccino and some gelato at this tiny little hole in the wall along a cobble stone street called “Davinci”. 10/10 would recommend. It was the best gelato I’ve ever had in my life (check out photos below)

As we were flying over Italy and Greece this morning, I couldn’t help but think of the reason people travel, better yet, the reason I travel. Yes, vacation rocks and it’s awesome to relax and see interesting and historical monuments. For me, however, traveling reminds me of how easy it is to become egocentric in our day to day lives. We forget that beyond our little microcosms there are people living in the villages of Greek islands no one knows the names of. They are surviving, making lives for themselves that are totally different from the one we view as being “successful.”

It is a humbling thought, and quite a liberating one as well. When we become so caught up in ourselves it’s easy to get overwhelmed and upset when things do not go according the our plan. But there is so much life outside of the little bubbles which we create for ourselves. So much more to life than the perfect job, the perfect medical school application, the perfect body, and the perfect family.

Just some food for thought,

Tay

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