RANDOM THINGS I’VE LEARNED FROM PAROS

  • i absolutely love hanging clothes out to dry on a clothesline. it’s such serene and thoughtless work that i can zone out and just enjoy the feel of the sun on my face.
  • the itty bitty baby staples here don’t hold anything together. i mean really, what’s wrong with using normal sized staples!?
  • for grad school i have to be near the water, especially because i’m going to be studying religion. the very essence of a body of water is inspiring to me, and after living next to one for three months i now know just how much it means to me. so now it’s a must. good thing i’m planning on the san francisco area for my future studies!
  • the cold makes me feel far more alive than any kind of heat can. somehow that chill in my bones makes me more alert and aware of the world around me. i miss the chilly weather!!
  • i can live off of greek yogurt for far longer than i expected that i could
  • i will never again take normal state-side toilets for granted. not being able to flush any paper is just gross..
  • no, that banging sound on my patio doors is not a scary person come to kill me, it’s just the 30mph winds raging nightly all over the island causing my shutters to make quite a racket
  • it’s completely okay to have dinner take 2 hours. slow down and just enjoy the company.. and the wine!
  • tzatziki is still one of my all time favorite foods, i’ve just become lots more picky about what kinds of bread i eat it with
  • if you’re going to go night swimming in the aegean, you should do it at the start of the fall semester when it’s actually warm. if you’re like me and wait until december you just end up freezing and having to take an hour long shower to warm up..
  • NEVER waste wine! just mix it with sprite until you can drink it. wine spritzers for the win!
  • eating kraft mac n cheese after three months without it makes it taste like pure AMURRRRICA
  • wearing shorts when it’s below 80 degrees is just asking to get stared at. naturally, i do it every day
  • older greek men have perfected the art of appreciating a woman without seeming like they’re creeping on a woman
  • i’m terribly impatient when it comes to slow people in the dark room. when i’m inspired i just want to be able to work dammit!!
  • i miss american food much more than i thought i would (panera, steak n shake, five guys, max and ermas, just to name a few current cravings)
  • do not buy tons of stuff at the grocery store! sure, you may need it all, but having to carry it all the way back to the apartments in 7 heavy bags sucks. go to the grocery store multiple times a day if you need to and try to only fill two bags at a time
  • don’t wear dresses to class, especially if you have lots of stuff to hold. the wind here is insane and you will regret it 5 minutes into the walk to the school as you’re trying to juggle holding a purse, carrying a notebook, taking a swig of water, andddd trying not to pull a marilyn monroe in front of all the fishermen mending their nets. shorts and a flowy top are much easier
  • don’t regret things. everything that’s happened was exactly what you wanted at the time
  • i finally mastered how to write my name in greek (κιρστιν)
  • i really love simple hoop earrings, they make me feel like a greek goddess
  • manual photography is fantastic and i love it, but digital photography has my heart
  • sneaking into the maid’s storage closet to swipe some toilet paper when she consistently forgets to give me some is completely okay, just don’t get caught..
  • greek is a loud language. people who speak it constantly sound angry or upset or really excited
  • half the people on the island have the same name as my little brother, dmitri, and the other half are named costas. if ever in doubt about a persons name, guess one of those two and odds are you’ll be correct
  • the stars here are gorgeous, always pay attention to them
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