We Are Going To…

Santorini by Pedro Szekely, Creative Commons and Share Alike LicenseGreece! Eric was just asked this past weekend to attend an upcoming conference on the island of Santorini (!!!), so, naturally, I invited myself along. Santorini has been on my dream travel list for such a long time, and I honestly didn’t expect to see it before, say, retirement, if ever. I am so happy that my word for this year, open, is getting such a good workout; when Eric told me about this opportunity, I just couldn’t say no! We have spent the last few days sifting through flight options and choosing where best to have a long layover, but we’ve just about got it all squared away now. Hurray! We’ll be going in September, after the tourist season ends and before the weather gets too cold. Trip planning is one of my favorite things ever, so I think these will be a fun few months. I love reading up on the places I’m going to visit, but also reading the literature, learning about the cuisine, and picking up at least a little bit of the language. I always feel that anytime you travel, you really see a place three times: first, when you’re planning your trip, second, when you are there, and third, when you look through all your photos and remember the beautiful time you had. So I’ll be doing some armchair traveling and looking forward to looking out at incredible views, exploring the island, and enjoying what are rumored to be some of the best tomatoes in the world (to say nothing of the olives!). We’ll be in Santorini for a week, and then we have a few days to explore in Athens before heading home. If any of you have been or have suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

Last but not least: Huge thanks to Pedro Szekely for sharing this gorgeous photograph!

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