BC was working in Europe the past 3 1/2 weeks (which is the longest we've ever been apart)..sickening I know ;) He asked me to book a one-way ticket to meet him in Athens and then we would figure out the rest of our adventure day by day. If you know anything about me, you would think this would be my worst nightmare, but for some reason, travel is when my spontaneity comes out! I found the cheapest flight I could and packed my carry on full of random clothes. Because with BC, who knows where we will end up, haha!
We started in Athens which I had never explored before. I flew through there last year on my way to Santorini and didn't have much interest but I am so happy we spent a few days there. It has a rich and beautiful history, it makes Rome look young! My favorite sightseeing we did was heading to the top of the Acropolis at sunset. There's a gorgeous view of the whole city, but I recommend getting up there early because it gets packed!
I thought as I travel I would share my favorite spots, clothes to pack, and of course... food. I'm nervous this is going to quickly turn into a food blog because that's what my day seems to revolve around *insert crying laughing emoji*
WHAT TO PACK:
It is HOT HOT HOT in Athens. I wore high waisted shorts, crop tops, and sandals for the 2 days we were there. Pro tip: DO NOT PACK HIGH HEELS. The cobble stone and uneven roads are a nightmare. I know, I wanted to look cute when going to dinner with my man but #notworththebrokenankle.
△ red top + printed bottom: band of gypsies
△ embroided red bandana: olirosedesigns
WHERE TO EAT:
This might be my favorite part...there were so many amazing healthy options in Athens which I was not expecting. BC had done a little pre scouting for my vegan belly which I appreciated so much.
We found this great little smoothie place called Groceristas. The owner had just opened his shop and it is actual smoothie heaven. You literally pick whatever you want off of this wall which included so many super foods, herbs, and proteins. He blends everything together that you picked plus some fresh fruit.
Happy Blender was a fantastic Acai bowl spot. It's one of few in Athens and it was really refreshing on the hot days! Not to mention the owner might be one of the sweetest ladies on the planet.
Avocado. Go there. Immediately. Run, don't walk. We ate here at least once a day (sometimes twice) and OH MY GOSH some of the best vegan food I've ever had. Their vegan burger was out of this world. My mouth is legitimately watering as I type this. They have soooo many options I wanted one of everything.
After 3 days in Athens, we were ready to head to Santorini! I went last year but I loved it so much I wanted to experience it with BC. We decided at 11:00pm to buy a 9 hour, overnight, ferry ticket so we wouldn't have to pay for a hotel (#budgetlife). At 11:40pm, 10 minutes before we were supposed to board our ferry BC got a call from a non profit that asked us to stay one more night in Athens so we could help tell their story!
The non profit is called Bourambo. It's an amazing organization that helps take surpluses of food from restaurants, weddings, events and gives back to the homeless. We were lucky enough to meet the Prince + Princess of Greece who were also volunteering and are so passionate about their people and improving their community. BC filmed a video about the whole project which I'll share later :) It was really cool to hear about this because volunteering in Athens isn't as practiced as it is in other parts of the world. Their goal is to get more people + vendors involved which we loved!
If you made it to the end of this post, I'm impressed! I would love to hear feedback on what y'all think of these little travel guides?! I tried to think of questions people ask me most about a country I've visited. Anyway, thanks so much for sticking around and cant wait to see you on my next post. I promise it wont be another 4 months ;)