Saturday, January 10, 2015
Today I'm so excited to have my son, Scott Layton, share about a trip he took to Greece.
Studying abroad in Spain last fall, my friends and I were given a week long vacation to travel across Europe. We were more dedicated to traveling than studying, so we turned our 7-day vacation into an 11-day vacation by starting our break from school a little early. On our trip, we hit three different locations- Athens and Mykonos, Greece, and Rome, Italy. Rome was amazing. We visited many different historical landmarks and literally felt like we were walking through history. Although Rome was my favorite city we traveled to, the most intriguing part of the trip was the vast contrast between the congested city of Athens and the island life of Mykonos.
I was incredibly excited to visit Athens, but as soon as we stepped off the plane, I was ready to leave. To begin with, we could not read any of the signs in Athens thanks to the Greek alphabet but we were lucky to have been correctly labeled as American tourists and were helped by a local who could speak English. Really, being unable to read the signs was not that big of a deal. What I could not handle was the fact that EVERYONE smoked in Athens. Being allergic to smoke (thanks Mom), I had a constant headache for the two days that we were there. Not only was it smokey, but the city was polluted with trash, probably thanks to the declining economy. It was also sketchy (and supposedly dangerous) in the part of Athens where our hostel was located, especially after dark. We passed many labeled drug exchange spots and all the police were in vests and masks as they walked the streets. Although I have typed negatively of Athens, I loved walking up Acropolis Hill and touring the Parthenon. We also watched the sunset on a rocky overlook of downtown Athens where the apostle Paul preached many sermons.
-The people were the nicest and most helpful of any country that we visited.
-I probably ate 13 gyros during our time in Greece. They were the cheapest food around and tasted better than anything else Europe had to offer.