Friday, September 20, 2013

update!

note- my last post never made it to a Facebook post, so if you missed it...
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Lately we've all been a tiny bit sad, since it's our last week in Pikermi. At the same time, we're incredibly excited about what comes next- 10 days living in Athens, getting involved in what God is doing downtown during our ministry week, having 2+ weeks off of class, spending every night hanging out in the city, and the tiny chance that our hotel might have a pool.

After that, we take a ferry to Patmos island, where John wrote Revelation, and then we'll tour around Turkey. This is especially cool because this whole week we've been studying Daniel & Revelation for 5 hours a day every day this week! We learned about the letters to the seven churches in Revelation, and will actually get to visit many of those locations!

Once we're done touring Turkey, we'll do a tour of Northern Greece, then landing in our final home at a camp just outside of Thessaloniki. We're told it's right across the street from the Sea and at the base of Mt. Olympus. Yep. There we will take our final class, Christianity and Western Culture II.

From there, our group will drive to Athens, board a plane to Amsterdam, do the tiniest bit of exploring and stay there overnight, then get on a plane to Chicago. I will be with the large mass of MBI in Greece students descending upon Moody's campus to visit with friends for three days, then making a short trip to Indiana, then getting on my last flight for awhile and landing in NH, the place I call home.

whew.

So that's what I'll be doing in the next 5ish weeks. Here are some snapshots from my phone of what we've been up to lately...

sunrise on Rafina Beach

Frosties are more than good... 

I didn't make every movie, but our group watched every single Harry Potter movie (there are 8 of them) over a week or two. It was great fun.

excited for dinner at an a house


Facetime and Skype with this guy is always the best, even with sketchy internet. 

street in Athens- can you spy the Acropolis?

the day we did SO very much shopping

Greek breakfast- Greek yogurt, just called yogurt, with honey and fresh fruit!

a sweet family made us dinner... there were hamburgers, but I went for an array of wonderful side dishes- Greek salad, fresh veggies and tsaziki sauce, potatoes, Fritos, Cheetos, and a tall glass of cherry Kool-Aid

view from the family's house! sunsets never get old. 

candid moment sitting on the balcony with some of my favorite people here. 

THIS is the view (from the seventh floor ) where I've been attending church

Looking over Rafina port from this little Greek Orthodox church, enjoying the sunshine and happy glow that happens when you have no homework. 

another sunset view on a walk near the college. 

I hope you have enjoyed a little peek into my life here in Greece. I mean what I say when I tell people that I love it here and am having the time of my life. Also, I promise I actually am studying, that wasn't just a cover for a 3 month vacation in this beautiful country.

PSA: I may not much reliable internet in the coming weeks... but look out for updates here and on Instagram! (you can click that link to see it, even if you don't have an account)

Cheers if you made it to the end!

Emily