Greece: Santorini Sunshine

Submitted by Hannah Kirby on the 2022 spring semester program in Athens, Greece…

We visited Santorini and the weather did a full 180 degree turn within the two days that my family and I were there. The first day it was cold and windy. We weren’t hopeful for a dip in the Aegean Sea. However, the next day it was gorgeous – not even a whistle of wind, and the sun was hot. The day was perfect. We woke up with the orange and pink tints of the sunrise. Our villa was in Fira so we made our way to Oia for the morning. It was Greece’s Independence Day, and we were greeted by the most wholesome of celebrations within the town center. It certainly goes to show that national pride runs thick through all countries. It’s easy for me to understand as I can say that I am proud to have lived in Greece for the past few months. On the same day, we saw the sunset over the same ocean on a private catamaran. It was a once in a lifetime experience to say the least. Greece is breathtaking, and I don’t want to go home.

Sunrise over the Aegean Sea from our villa
Sunset over the Aegean Sea from the catamaran