We arrived to out final city, Heraklion, this past Sunday. Similar to Athens, Heraklion is more of a city area where shops, food, and excursions are just a few steps away. The first full day in the city we took a tour of Knossos Palace followed by a visit to the archaeological museum of Knossos. This day was primarily directed towards learning the history behind Heraklion and how it has developed and transformed into the city that it is today. The name Heraklion translates to “the city of Hercules.” The following two days we actually spent in Santorini. This small side trip was coordinated by the students for our little vacation away from vacation. We took a ferry from Heraklion to Fira, Santorini. Upon arriving to Santorini all I could think about was “wow this looks just like Mama Mia”. The white washed buildings definitely lived up to all the expectations and visions that I always thought of when I pictured Greece. The two days were full of relaxation of the black sand beaches, hikes, sunsets at castles, and more really good food. Its been a few days since I have last posted. It was definitely an experience of a lifetime and I only wish I had more time there. What I learned within these past few days is that I can figure out a lot more than I give myself credit for. We figured out all the bus systems and public transportation systems in order to get around the island, as well as plan and execute all of the activates we wanted without any help. As we come into out last five days i am in disbelief that the trip has almost come to a close. I look forward to our last few days here on this beautiful island.
** A Side Note:**
There has been a lot going on in Greece recently. Some of you may have heard that Athens experienced a devastating wildfire that has left many killed, injured, or still missing. I am happy to report that everyone on the trip is alive and well, and we were actually on the Island of Santorini when all of the wildfires were happening. As a way to help out the community; people have been donating food, medical supplies and any spare change. As a group we decided to help out too giving any spare change that we had. In such a short amount of time I have really grown to love Greece and all the people I have met throughout this journey so I really do hope all goes back to normal as fast as possible.