Summer 2017 has been amazing. It was as full as it could be. I spent my weekend camping with my friends at Poseidi (my university’s camp) right after the exam period, went to Ios with a friend of mine for 6 days, then to Marmaras in Chalkidiki to visit my aunt & uncle and then to Dubai which was an impromptu trip that I will never ever forget and which I will be featured in another post. In those three months, I learned a lot and found out even more about myself and my comfort zone limits. I also figured out lots of things about human relationships; friendships, soulmates, and life in general.
First trip: Poseidi Camp
The first time I ever went camping was last summer in Poseidi with my sister and two of her friends. We had stayed there for three days and I loved it. Yet the only things I couldn’t stand was eating chicken nugget sandwiches for lunch every day and having to go to the public toilets because I don’t go there. So that was kinda hard to get used to. Also when we went there were approximately 30 camping tents inside the camp, which means that it was extremely quiet.
Yet, the following summer which was this summer and I went camping again at Poseidi with my friends right after the exam period, we had to wait 4 hours to get inside. There were so many people and the process was so slow that some would pass out because of the heat. It was insane. Then when we were finally in we set up our tent, got some rest and in the afternoon when everyone was finally in we realized what this camp is all about. Some had brought guitars and would sing, others had brought their PCs and would play music all day and all night. So, you could hear more than 4 different songs playing at the same time. The only hours when the camp was somewhat silent was between 7-9 am because at that time some would return from the beach party to their tents or the restaurant to eat breakfast. this time it was as if I was home. I found out about the camp’s restaurant which I had never heard of until I went there and finally had a normal lunch. I also found out about the camp’s silent world where usually professors and families camp and where toilets were way way way cleaner and where there was no queue in the shower, so you wouldn’t have to wait the whole afternoon to clean yourself up. The camp was full and by full I mean that with every step you would take you’d stumble upon a camping tent. Yet that’s what was fun about it; sweet chaos.
I am the kind of person who you would never think could survive camping, but I proved everyone wrong. I wanted to stay. I wanted to stay more. I could have stayed there for up to 10 days and even more, you never know. This time the camp felt like home.
This time the camp felt like home.
Second Trip: Ios
Ios is a small island of the Cyclades that sleeps at daytime and wakes at night. It is known for its wild nightlife and historically speaking, for Homer, who is buried there. The island’s beaches are heavenly-like, everyone is extremely friendly and there are lots of things that you can experience there. While I and my friend were there we went to Mylopotas, Magganari & Koumpara Beach where the beach bar Pathos is and which if you ever go to Ios you should definitely visit. We stayed at Francesco’s, which is in the heart of Chora, in a room with a beautiful view of the island. Everyone in the hotel was very friendly and helpful and also “fun” fact; we were the only greeks staying there.
Nevertheless, we had a blast in Ios and I would definitely recommend going there and I’d love it if I could go back and stay there again.
Third Trip: Marmaras
Neos Marmaras is an area in Chalkidiki with beautiful beaches that make you feel as if you were on an island. Photographs are louder than words.
Summer, you’ve been amazing but I cannot wait to see what autumn holds.