Today was the last day for a handful of us, as most of our cohort had already left yesterday. I spent the night in a hotel right by the airport, given how my flight was relatively early in the morning and I didn’t want to deal with the hassle of getting to the airport on time. After waking up in a bed that was finally large enough for me, I walked right across the street to the airport. Going through Greek security was considerably more pleasant than what I’m used to with the TSA, and it felt much less invasive to boot. After that I grabbed the last cheese pie I’d have for the foreseeable future (While I’ll miss many things about Greece, cheese pies for breakfast is definitely in the top five) and went to the lounge to wait for my delayed aircraft.
While there, I found myself reflecting on the time I’d spent in this country and what a new experience it was for me. I’ve always traveled a lot with my family, but this was the first time that I’d really traveled with a group of my peers and I have to say that it was easily one of my favorite trips that I’ve ever taken. It was fascinating to learn about a foreign country in the morning and then go experience that subject in the afternoon, discussing Greek politics during class and then going to visit the Parliament for example. It wasn’t only one of the best trips I’ve ever had, it was also one of the best learning experiences. Lectures and readings can only teach you so much, experiencing the subject material is a real game changer. And all that’s only talking about the academic side of things, this isn’t even getting started on the social aspect of the trip. Though I’d lived in a dorm for the past year with most of the people on the trip and seen them usually at least once a week, it’s a different feeling than when you’re living together in a foreign country. I hung out with people that I didn’t really interact with during the school year, and overall it was a lot closer feeling than what the CLC was back in Bloomington.
Soon enough though, it was time to board my flight. I, along with Noah & Blaize, got on and flew out Philadelphia where I managed to make a rather tight connection to my final destination of Chicago. Even though this study abroad was amazing, it still felt great to finally be back home (seeing my cats may or may not be most of the reason for that).