Adventures in Athens

This week’s blog is written by International Fellow, Jessica Walton. Last weekend, Jessica visited Athens, Greece with some friends and explored one of the world’s oldest cities.

Jessica and friends at the Acropolis

Jessica and friends at the Acropolis

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to travel to Greece for the first time. I was lucky enough to have met two of the U.S. Embassy’s awesome interns, Alexcia and Jasmin, who invited me to tag along on their adventure! Athens has been on my list for a while, so the timing was perfect.

The city’s rich history was the biggest draw. Friends told me about the incredible views from Mount Lycabettus and the hike to the top of the Acropolis. I couldn’t wait to see the Parthenon and walk through the Agora. These historical landmarks did not disappoint. Dispersed throughout what is now a contemporary and modern city, I couldn’t help but feel like I was kind of being transported back in time. To say the Acropolis was incredible would be putting it mildly. It is definitely my favorite part of Athens. Also worth mentioning was Syntgma Square and the Monastiraki district in the old town.

View from the top of the Acropolis

View from the top of the Acropolis

Although most of my weekend was spent looking back on the past, my attention was simultaneously being drawn to Greece’s present. Greece has been a hot topic in the international news circuit. People all over the world were buzzing about the upcoming results of the Greek referendum and its impact on the current financial crisis. Visiting Athens during this unique time only added to our overall experience.

Heading back to Cyprus Sunday night, I reflected on the successful weekend. I feel incredibly lucky to have a job where I can travel. It’s an exceptional way to learn about the world we’re living in. I truly value all of my experiences abroad and am so appreciative of the opportunities I’ve been able to take advantage of. I look forward to the new adventures ahead of me!

Jasmin, Alexcia and Jessica at Zeus' Temple

Jasmin, Alexcia and Jessica at Zeus’ Temple

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