Familiar But Not

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Alternate title: A Greek American's First Trip to Greece


A Greek American's view on their first visit to Greece

The smell of the incense and natural wax candles wafting out of the Greek Orthodox churches. The taste of the food. The sound of the language, the accented English, and the bouzouki music. The attitudes of the people. From my first step on Greek soil everything felt so familiar to me. Even the almost clones of my sister walking down the street. It was like I had been before, though I never have. All of that familiarity made me miss the familiarity of home. The Greeks I know in Connecticut and the food they (and I) cook. And the holidays - the sweet Easter bread and cracking red eggs with my abundance of cousins. And my big, fat, Greek family back in the States. 

I had set my hopes high for my first trip to Greece, and honestly, Greece surpassed all of the expectations that I had. Yup, that's right, I come from a big, fat, Greek family back in the US (I'm half Greek). I was raised going to a Greek Orthodox church, learned Greek dances, and went to Greek language school every Saturday morning- though unfortunately I have forgotten most of what I learned. I also indulged in (and have learned to cook) many of the yummy Greek dishes (oh my love for lamb is real).

I'm not exactly sure what point I'm trying to make with this rambling post other than Go To Greece. You will not be disappointed. 

The view from our AirBnB (more later)


Athens City Sprawl

Easter Bread

My sister absolutely got all of the Greek genes

Is Greece on your list of places to visit? Have you visited Greece?

10 comments:

  1. Just one of my favourites! I think I must have some Greek somewhere down the line (wishful thinking). I just loved all of Greece...I hope to go back soon!!

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    1. I can absolutely see what it is one of your favorites! It was absolutely a wonderful country to visit!

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  2. I spent some time in Athens and the Greek Islands a couple of years ago and I absolutely loved it! So beautiful and such a great culture.

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    1. I'm really glad that you loved it there as well! I had heard some negative things about Athens prior to my trip and I honestly didn't notice the issues when we were there. I already want to go back (well...I didn't want to leave)!

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  3. Wow that must have been a fantastic experience. You really do feel a connection visiting a country with which you share some heritage with don't you? My grandmother is Dutch and I feel this way in parts of Holland. I love Greece, have only been to Santorini and Crete though, must must must visit more! :)

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    1. The connection was really surprising to me, though my mom (who is Irish) said the same when she visited Ireland. I'm glad you also feel at home in parts of Holland - it can be difficult to find that feeling when traveling and living abroad. I'm also glad to hear that you loved Greece - I need to visit more of the country as well!

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  4. Greece is just one of those places you have to go and experience the culture. www.eatallovertheworld.com

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    1. You are absolutely right! It seems like everyone commenting also loved Greece.

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  5. Wow, very cool!! It must be so cool to come back to a culture that is new and old at the same time. Can't wait to read more!

    <3 Daisy
    Simplicity Relished

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    1. Thanks! I'm looking forward to writing more about this trip and going through the photos. Isn't that one of the best things to do when you get home from a trip?

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