Sunday, July 10, 2011

Recap-Day 2 - Karen Wells

Two girls play "Rock, Paper, Scissors" in the Athens market.

This is our tour guide for Athens. The students thought we looked like sisters. I didn't think so until I saw this photo. Notice the hats and glasses. Who knows???

The flowers in Athens are beautiful.

The gelato is spectacular!

The bridal bouquet from the wedding we "crashed" in Greece.

The graffiti that covers a lot of the buildings in Athens.

Austin writing in his journal.

Niki finds a good deal in an out-of-the-way souvenir shop.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Recap-Day 1 - Karen Wells

Since it was difficult to load pictures while we were traveling, I am going to add my favorite photo(s) from each day. Hope you enjoy!

While several of the students watched movies for 12 hours, many of us found out favorite screen was the one showing how close we were to Athens.

Greece, at last. I thought Italy would be the ultimate part of our journey, but I found that I absolutely loved Greece.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Let The Power Of The Fountain Allow Me To Return

As much as I wanted to stay, I really enjoyed the way we ended this wonderful trip. We were given the opportunity to discover Rome on our own through a scavenger hunt. We followed a map that led us to the famous and historical sights of Rome, and at those different points we had tasks that we had to complete. We walked all over the city visiting the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and the Spanish Steps. It was an amazing experience to walk around our own with no guides getting a first hand view on Italian life throughout the streets and feeling the lively energy of the city. At the end of our adventurous day, we ate at the Hard Rock Cafe and told stories of the lifetime memories we made. Then we went back to our hotel and spent more time together before getting ready to leave the city. The next morning we got up bright and early to catch our plane. As much as I wanted to stay in the beautiful city, I was ready to come home and see my family and friends. I will always be grateful for this experience, because it has inspired me in so many ways to return and to follow my dream to live in a different country attempting to dive fully into its culture and living a vastly different life than what I've known. I will continue to hope and believe that the power of throwing a coin in the Trevi Fountain will allow me to return and relive the greatest time of my life once again.

Bethany Roberson

Our Last Day in Rome

As we are on the plane coming home, the memories from Italy and Greece fill my mind. Yesterday was one of my favorite days of the entire trip because we went on a scavenger hunt through Rome. We started off the day by exploring the amazing Colosseum. I tried to imagine the 70,000 spectators shouting at the gladiators and wild animals in the games. Everything we saw in Rome was so well constructed. People took such pride and time in their artwork. I thought about the cities I have been to and I know they will not last for 2,000 or more years like the places in Rome have. On our scavenger hunt we split into two groups with maps, checkpoints, and went on our way. Some of the destinations we went to were The Spanish Steps, The Pantheon, and The Trevi Fountain to name a few. I felt like a true roman, walking the streets, eating gelato, and bargaining with the shop keepers. This was truly the trip of a lifetime. As sad as I am to leave, I am also filled with the joy of the memories and friends I made along the way.

Niki Pulliam

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Adventure Details

Duration 15 days
Destinations Athens
Focus Biology
Earth Science