Visiting this popular Greek island during the height of summer, I was not expecting to have the white stone streets and Aegean beaches all to myself. However, I also wasn’t expecting to see Little Venice on the verge of sinking beneath the swarm of tourists that surged from every street. Thank the Greek Gods for the Suzuki Jeep we rented, which allowed us to escape the crowds and explore the island’s hidden gems.
I can’t believe two months have already gone by since I left for the trip of a lifetime. For a number of reasons, the memories I made in Sri Lanka will stay with me for the rest of my life, floating like a dream in the most far-flung corners of my mind.
Ah, university. How distant the library shelves and lecture halls seem to me now. But I can still clearly remember one Sunday afternoon when I was hit by a mid-term crisis, in the thick of deadlines and lectures and seminars and year abroad applications.
Known for its world-class waves and beautiful beaches, Peniche was the perfect patch of Lisbon coastline for a group of 20-something year old dudes and dudettes frothing for a bit of pre-exam season sun and surf.
This lesser-known Ionian island is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. With pristine shores, wild olive groves and wooded mountains, the untamed natural beauty is enough to make you feel a million miles from home.
Deadlines are looming and I find my mind wandering further and further away from the realm of library books and Shakespearian sonnets… All the way to the leafy canopies and blue bursts of the Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech.
I love the feeling of walking through a new place for the very first time. Your eyes dart this way and that, eagerly trying to take in every detail of this new and exciting part of the world. It’s hard to resist the urge to dig out my camera straight away, with my passport and luggage still in hand, but I try to take in my first impression of a place with my own eyes.