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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The (Almost) One Week Reflection

I feel the need to write briefly before bed tonight because things have finally begun to settle down and fall into place, so I want to share a bit about that.

After the whirlwind extended weekend of island hopping and touring the Acropolis, the past few days have been more about finalizing our documents and getting things in order before the school year begins. It has also allowed us to settle in a bit more into our apartments. We have been frequenting the local supermarkets for meal and snack supplies, but what has been my favorite is going to the corner bakery and the fresh produce stand across the street from the school! I got 2 large apples, a plum, a big nectarine, and a bunch of 5 bananas for only 4 euros the other day! The food is SO delicious here. The only downsides I have come across so far are that bagels aren't really a thing here... they just don't exist. Neither do bags of salted pretzels, only sesame breadsticks. Finally, Greeks do not understand or get what is so great about peanut butter. So I had to pay 5.50 euros for a tiny container of it and it was very upsetting. Needless to say, I will be requesting a care package of various packaged snacks and items I am missing from my family very soon! Haha.

I am currently just a bit concerned by my lack of energy when getting my morning started to get to school for orientation things, and then during the afternoon. It could be for any number of reasons, i.e. the dreadful heat, the long days, the lulls in plans, or that I am still somewhat not fully adjusted to the time here yet even though I feel like I should be.

Finally, I am getting somewhat anxious to really get into what I will be doing and experiencing in the counseling department during this year at ACS. I've gotten a few small, vague insights, but school starts in a week and me being the way I am, I really would like to have more details!

Well, as usual, I am feeling wiped, so I am heading off to bed. But I am going to leave you with a few pictures of the sunset off my front veranda from the other day. Simply beautiful, in my opinion. It hasn't quite set in that this place is my new home for the next 10 months. It still feels like a really cool vacation. That being said, I am definitely really missing home as well. Video chatting with my family has been both so comforting and nice, but also leaves me longing to be there. I am so, so thankful that I am fortunate enough to have wifi to be in frequent contact with them though!

Okay, that's all for now!

P.S. The girls and I just booked a one night, two day stay at Poros this weekend to have a little beach getaway and I am so excited! :)

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