Athens, Greece

This month I had the really unfortunate assignment of attending a week of meetings on Evia Island, about ninety minutes outside Athens, Greece. After a few days of sunshine, friends (who also happen to be coworkers), a little work and a lot of Greek food, some gals and I headed to Athens for a night. Our whirlwind 18 hours in the city included: a charming Airbnb rental at the foot of the Acropolis, feta and more feta, reading Acts 17 on Mars Hill, triangles of baklava the size of my face (praise God from whom all blessings flow), laying eyes on the Parthenon (!), narrowly escaping a demonstration at Parliament, scoring big time in a bustling market, moped dodging, and a 5am dash to the airport. A wee hours episode of the Bachelorette also somehow made it onto the agenda...

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Despite arriving during the peak of the unrest surrounding Greece's financial crisis, I found this beautiful country to be incredibly warm, welcoming, and lovely. I'm a fan of any place with metro stops that look more like museums. I cannot wait to be back in Greece again one day! (Would you judge me for having a Santorini Airbnb wish list that I update weekly? I knew you wouldn't.)