Socrates, Spanakopita, and Sunshine: Long Study Tour to Greece

Hej! This blog post is long overdue, but I had my long study tour to Greece two weeks ago and wanted to share some highlights from the trip. As I’ve mentioned before, my core course is Religious Mythos and Philosophical Logos, and every core course has a week-long study tour to a country (or countries) in Europe that is relevant to the course material. We visited 4 different cities/towns in 6 days, which was tiring but so worthwhile! Here’s a breakdown of what I was up to for those 6 days:

Day 1: Athens

After an early morning flight to Athens, we had lunch and visited some historical sites in the city. Then, we had some free time to explore Athens on our own before being treated to a 12-course dinner (courtesy of DIS) that left us feeling fuller that we’d ever felt before!

Panathenaic Stadium
Philosophical quotes on a random street corner
Sunset over Athens
Dessert (aka course 12/12) at dinner

Day 2: Athens

Our second day in Athens was one of my favorite on the trip. We visited the Acropolis in the morning, which was packed with tourists but breathtaking nonetheless. Then in the afternoon, we took a 2-hour bus trip to Sounion, which is the southernmost tip of the Attic peninsula. We spent a couple hours at the beach before visiting the Temple of Poseidon. It was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited, and it was incredibly calming to feel so far away from the fast-paced rhythm of the city.

Day 3: Athens & Delphi

On our last day in Athens, we visited the ancient ruins of the Agora. It was surreal to see the ruins of the streets that ancient Athenians used to roam and the prison where Socrates was executed. In the afternoon, we took a bus ride to Delphi; along the way, we stopped in a town named Livadeia to see the Cave of Trophonius and hike up a mountain to an old Byzantine church.

Day 4: Delphi

We spent the morning visiting the Temples of Athena and Apollo. The ruins were up in the mountains and although it was a bit cold, the views were incredible. It was quite peaceful to simply “dwell” (as our professors, Brian and Jakob, like it call it) among nature and the ruins–it served as a nice reminder of how small we are in the grand scheme of things. Afterward, we had lunch and drove a few hours to Olympia.

Up in the mountains of Delphi

Day 5: Olympia & Nafplio

We spent the morning in Olympia visiting the Temple of Zeus; a few of us also took a short hike to the top of the Hill of Kronos. After a delicious lunch with what was at least the 5th spanakopita I’d had that week (not complaining!), we departed for Nafplio. According to Brian, Nafplio is the beach town where Athenians go for vacation, and it was the perfect place to spend our last night in Greece. We spent late afternoon and evening hiking, watching the sunset, sharing a final dinner together, and just hanging out with one another. It was a lovely way to end our study tour–I only wish we could’ve had more time there!

Ruins of the Temple of Zeus
View from the top of the Hill of Kronos
The most amazing baklava!
Sunset over Nafplio

Day 6: Nafplio

On our final day in Greece, a few of us decided to check out the flea market in Nafplio. There were tons of vendors selling fresh produce, honey, olives, clothing, and many other things. I bought some honey for my parents and host family (and sampled some in the process–it was really good!).

Finally, we drove back to Athens for our flight back to Copenhagen. I was sad to leave Greece, but felt very lucky to have had such a memorable study tour 🙂

Orange trees outside our hotel in Nafplio
Nafplio was so beautiful!

It’s hard to believe that I only have one more month in Copenhagen before I head back to the states. It’s a bittersweet feeling, but I’ll be sure to make the most of my final month and keep you guys updated along the way 🙂

Vi ses!

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