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Mar 7, 2014 - Santorini

When the boat arrived in Santorini harbour, I was overwhelmed by the reception of both humans and animals! The donkeys descended thick and fast down some of the steepest terrain I have ever seen, rushing to meet the ferry and haul the load of tourists up the steep steps to the town perched on the rocks above. Santorini is a submerged volcano that erupted eons ago, leaving a caldera behind. Its steep rock faces are covered with whitewashed villas clinging to the rock face like vines on a brick wall. There is a tradition in Santorini of...

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Feb 3, 2014 - Naxos

Naxos is a bigger island than Paros and much larger than Antiparos. I found a lovely little room in a four-plex which even has a communal fridge and a tiny balcony overlooking a rather overgrown garden. Every morning I would wander into the village to buy fresh bread and watermelon for my breakfast -- heaven! I've explored the island on foot, following the rutted roads and pathways that criss-cross the island. Olive groves with lounging goats and sheep are everywhere and the air has a rich, dusty smell to it. I am so totally relaxed after...

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Dec 31, 2013 - Paros

Boats to the Aegean Islands leave from the nearby community of Piraeus. I was told the trip to Paros would be a "few hours"......which turned into a gut-wrenching 8 as we stopped at various and sundry islands on the way. The seas were quite rough and I made the mistake of having some very rich coffee and yogurt for breakfast which didn't stay in my stomach for long. I spent most of the trip on deck! My first glympse of Paros was magical. A typical Greek island village, whitewashed with flashes of brilliant turqoise and teal, met my gaze....

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Oct 7, 2013 - Santorini - The Devil's Isle

Santorini Island is a unique and dramatic place: a collapsed volcanic crater called a caldera and steep cliffs soar a thousand feet or so above sea level with little villages perched on the top. It's sometimes referred to as The Devil's Isle and the volcanic landscape is shaped generally like a crescent. Our ship anchored in the caldera and the tender boats ferried us to the shoreline dock where we boarded a bus for our tour. The bus snaked its way up the narrow winding road to an ascent of about 800 ft. providing wonderful panoramic views...

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Jul 21, 2013 - Road Trippin Pt. 2

So I am just all confused and not with the program today. I guess after doing the exact same thing with the exact same people in the exact same place for 6 weeks and now trying to function in Berlin I'm going to have a hard time. I'm just gonna update everyone on how traveling was and give the plan for today. Yesterday I packed all of my crap overnight so I didn't really go to bed but for like an hour. Everybody got up at 5:30 to go catch the ferry at 6:05. Jammie, Rebecca and I were on the early ferry. Trudy stayed until the later one...

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Jul 19, 2013 - Last Day on Kea

So who else is ready for daily blog posts again? I am. Once I get with my Germans and Mom and everyone I will hopefully have the wifi for that. I can't believe we're leaving tomorrow. It doesn't seem real. It's been the shortest and the longest 6 weeks of my life. Athens seems like a year ago but it doesn't seem like it's time to leave. Does that make sense? I'm only just realizing how much I'm going to miss everyone. I made really good friends with people from Ohio who I won't see for a year and then Karla, Trudy, Grace and Caolan from...

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Jul 8, 2013 - Two More Weeks

Sooo...it's been a while. But in all seriousness my days have been identical to one another so there's not much to report. I'll do it anyway though. I think it's been like a week since my last post so in this past week I have gotten extremely comfortable with team 6. Giannakis is the best team leader ever. He's hilarious. We call him our führer because he wears pants that look like dictator pants every day in the field. Also David got switched out for Lauren the day after I switched teams. I like her a lot. She's also really great to have...

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Jul 3, 2013 - Mykonos, Greece

Day 14 Juju: Today, the famous island of Mykonos awaited us. I was so incredibly excited to finally hit the beautiful beach and work on my tan. Thanks to our VIP priority disembarkation, we were the first people off the ship. We'd docked in the new port instead of tendering like we'd done on past trips. We were unaware of the distance between the new port and the center of town (the only place to get a cab). This turned out to be a real adventure for the 14 of us eager to arrive at the beach. After a debatable 1 1/2 to 2 mile walk, we...

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Jul 2, 2013 - Santorini, Greece

Day 13 Luis: Of all the places I have been blessed to visit in my life nothing compares to the beauty of the special island of Santorini. Created by a volcanic eruption, this community of small villages atop a mountain are breathtaking. After a short tender ride to the picturesque port, the group was ready to begin our day. On my previous visits, I have always taken the cable car to the top of Fira town and after exploring a bit, taken a taxi to the charming village of Oia (pronounced ia). This time, due to some excellent advice of our NCL...

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Jun 25, 2013 - Weekend and Last Team 5 Day

What's up everybody? I'm going to lump my boring weekend with my Monday in the field so I don't have to make a bunch of different posts for that. I'm so tired when I get back from the field that I take my shower and then fall asleep before supper. That's when I keep trying to blog but it just keeps not happening. This schedule is really not conducive to blogging on a daily basis. But I'm working on it. When I get rotated back into the Apotheke I will have a little more energy to stay awake before supper and blog. But until then I'll keep...

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Jun 25, 2013 - Seal Team 6

Alright I thought I would try to give you guys a pronunciation of Apotheke and my team leaders name but I can't guarantee they will be helpful so here goes nothing. Apotheke is pronounced like App-O-Thee-Kee and my team leader is Yih-Na-Kees. His name starts with a G though so I don't even know how to begin to spell that. I hope that helps though. I hate when I'm reading a book and I can't figure out how a name or a word is supposed to be pronounced. It ruins the flow and I'd hate for the flow of this beautifully crafted writing to be...

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Jun 23, 2013 - Bee Ciotus

It just occurred to me that this blog is called Carly's German Travels when in reality I am not in Germany. I'm not changing it now but perhaps a different blog should've been made for this particular leg of my journey. That probably would have made more sense. Oh well. Coulda woulda shoulda. Let me tell you about Friday. It was horrible. So I didn't actually hate my Friday. It ended just fine but the field work that day was god awful. We started at 6:20 just like every day. But that morning it was one of those days where you lay in bed...

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