I Summited Mount Olympus – Here’s my Story in photos

Mount Olympus is known as the mountain of the gods. It is a land rich in Greek mythology and beautiful landscapes.

I spent two days with a Greek tour guide and a group of students from the American College of Thessaloniki hiking the highest Greek mountain (2918m/9577ft).

Here is a short description with photos of what the hike entails.

Day 1: 3 hour hike up to the refuge (2100m).

Chill in refuge with friends, play cards, and drink hot chocolate and wine around a fire. Watch the stars. Wander the mountainside at sunset. Sleep in a bunker with everyone.

Day 2: wake up early, have breakfast in the refuge, and then hike all day to the summit of mount Olympus.

This is when the hike got difficult and scary at times. But very exhilarating. The views were unreal.

At times we had to scale the side of the mountain as it got more and more steep. If you fell you would be a goner, only do this hike if you’re fit.

This was the first time I rock climbed with gear outside a gym.

Once we reached the summit, we had to hike down the mountain back to the bus.

Half of the group got lost from the tour guide (I was in that group…) After 2 hours and some panic attack’s we found the bus.

“They say that there [Mount Olympus] is the seat of the gods, ever secure: it is not shaken by winds or drenched with rain nor do snowstorms assail it, but always brightness is spread about it, without clouds, and a clear light plays about it. There the blessed gods take pleasure every day.” -The Odyssey

Rock climbing

The rock ahead is significant in Greek mythology. It’s also at the summit.

This hike was more difficult and more beautiful than I could have imagined. I have to say it’s one of the coolest things I did while living in Greece. I highly recommend doing it, but with a tour guide if you’re new to hiking. Spending this much time in nature and in constant motion is incredible for our overall wellbeing. A good hike every once in a while makes life come alive❤️

What is your favorite hiking adventure? Comment below.

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Athens, Greece Photo Guide

Here are my favorite photos from 2 nights in Athens hosted by The American College of Thessaloniki. Athens is an incredible city and it was nice to have guided tours of all the major icons of the city. There is so much to see here!
*Acropolis Museum

*Acropolis with its beautiful Parthenon

*Changing of the Guards

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Above is the famed Parthenon, which is on the acropolis of Athens

The Acropolis Museum - houses artifacts from the Greek Bronze Age through Roman and Byzantine Greece

The Acropolis Museum – houses artifacts from the Greek Bronze Age through Roman and Byzantine Greece

“Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts and eloquence.” -John Milton

“Many of our ideas of democracy, so much of our literature and philosophy and science can be traced back to roots right here in Athens.” -Barack Obama

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The Changing of the Guards – If you go on a Sunday, there is a ceremonial changing of the guards outside the Greek Parliament building

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Amazed by the Theatre of Dionysus

Amazed by the Theatre of Dionysus

The Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum

Have you been to Athens? What is your favorite place to see?

Being an American Student in Greece -American College of Thessaloniki

Being a student at ACT was overall a very positive experience. I have to say that the most I’ve learned in college thus far has been my year living in Thessaloniki. During this time I was able to immerse myself in Greek culture, travel all over Europe and Africa, make friends from all over the U.S. and Europe, solo travel, show my family around North Greece, complete two semesters of university, and so much more.

ACT is a hidden gem in Greece and I would choose to study here a thousand times over. I love that the city and university is off the beaten path of Greek/ European tourism, but that you’re also very close to some of the best tourism on earth. The campus is in the mountains and is relaxing and beautiful. It’s small and quaint and the people are friendly and welcoming.

Study abroad exposed me to what I want to pursuit in my life and it gave me so much love for travel. Read here on 3 ways study abroad has enhanced my life.

Some of the highlights of studying at the American College of Thessaloniki are the field trips that ACT offers; my favorites are listed here.

Photos of the American College of Thessaloniki Campus

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Bunkers from WWII – When the Nazis occupied Thessaloniki they used the school as their headquarters…

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The hidden chapel in the forest behind campus

Why A Trip To Amsterdam is Therapeutic

The architecture in Amsterdam is therapeutic alone. Add in all the city has to offer and it’s a serious mood lifter in a so many ways.

Here are a few ways a trip to Amsterdam can be therapeutic, along with photos of the city.

The Architecutre 

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It’s the best place to ride a bike. Because Who isn’t happier after a bike ride? Better yet, take a guided bike tour, make new friends from around the world, and learn some history about the city.

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You can lighten up A LOT in Amsterdam. Visit the Red Light District. Hangout in a “coffee shop,” even if you don’t like to consume marijuana, it’s obviously legal here and a part of the city’s unique culture. 

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You can get a major change in perspective – Visit the Ann Frank House. This place will leave you in silence and marvel. It’s not everywhere that you can view one of the most horrific events in modern history through the eyes of a child. You will probably shed some much needed tears. I did.

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You can chill in a magnificent park. Optional Tai Chi. Nothing is more therapeutic than sunshine and nature. Amsterdam’s parks are prime in the summer months. It’s common to see groups of people doing chi tai. So peaceful.

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People doing tai chi in the park

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Amsterdam has one of the best live music scenes. Catch a music festival. Dance. Go on a pub crawl. Make new friends. Amsterdam’s night life is hard to beat.

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ADE – Amsterdam Dance Event

You can take a relaxing boat ride through the famous canals.

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A trip to Amsterdam can be whatever you want it to be. It is a very unique city and there is something for everyone. I hope you get the chance to enjoy a therapeutic trip to Amsterdam ASAP. And if you have been there, what’s an activity you recommend?