My Days In Crete

Because going away from everything for a few days is always a good idea…

Maybe I wasn’t as good as I hoped I would be to keep my blog updated these past few days, but I do have a good excuse.

I went on vacations!

Isn’t that a good enough reason? Don’t I deserve a few days off and away from the stressed reality I live in? Kind of. Well, that’s exactly what I did.
I’ve been planning that 4-day-trip for a few months now, mainly because I had to arrange my time of departure and arrival based on my work schedule, so you get the struggle trying to put everything in order.

Thankfully, everything went well and by 17th of June I was on a plane to Crete and so much excitement I think I might have fueled the plane. My friend Marianna have been studying at the University of Crete for three years now, and she had invited me to visit her plenty of time, but the time never seemed to be right.

Eventually, I decided that I had to make the time right. That’s why I arranged an amazing trip to Crete with my girl-friends, which I enjoyed very much since it was the very first time I traveled without my parents.

That moment you begin traveling alone, without a parent by your side, you realize how old you are and that now you are responsible for your own well being. It can get a bit scary at times, but the general feeling is very liberating. There comes a point in our lives that we have to take the reigns of our own life, make our own decisions and take responsibility for them. Growing up is a different kind of adventure, one that seems both scary and exciting.

It was also the first time I ever traveled by plane, so you can imagine how nervous I was. I’m not one of those girls who scream when they are scared, or they freak out easily in an unknown situation. I like having control over myself and my reactions, so the only thing I did those two moments, when the plane was taking off and when it was coming down, was widen my eyes and take a hold of the edge of my seat. Everything seems better when you close your eyes and take a deep breath, releasing all stress.

The journey though was worth it. You know that feeling you get when you are over the clouds and you look down? The slight tingly feeling, the immense freedom, the idea that everything will be alright, because there are so many beautiful things in life that every difficulty seems irrelevant. I suggest traveling to a different place by airplane every once in a while, we all need a moment to clear our thoughts.

Marianna was waiting for us at Chania’s airport with a big smile on her face. That girl always smiles, it’s one of the many reasons I like having her around so much, her positivity helps me see the good side in everything. After hugging for a few minutes and telling each other how much we’ve missed hanging out we took the bus to take us to Chania’s port, because the plan was to spend a day at Chania before going to Rethymno, which was our final destination.

We spent the day walking around the city. The small alleys were filled with people, colors, tourists, smiley faces, beautiful sights. There is something interesting and magical about Chania, I definitely recommend a visit there.

The port was – as said before – magical, spacious, clean, filled with people in cafes and before noon carriages roamed around the city, eager to offer any person the chance to see the city by carriage. The ride definitely makes you feel like a princess.

After our day in Chania we went to Rethymno, where my friend studies at the island’s University.

Rethymno is that graphical little city that reminds you more of an island than an actual city within the island. I don’t know if that makes sense – it sounded better in my head. It’s not exactly big, and the center is pretty much a long beach with cafe and restaurants, but I guess that’s only natural when the place has so many students. Shops selling souvenirs are in every corner, you can find amazing local souvenirs that you can buy for your loved ones as a gift or even as a personal reminder of the time you spent there.

They also have a couple of alcohol drinks, ‘tsikoudia‘ and ‘rakomelo‘, which might burn your throat a little, but according to the locals, that’s a good thing. Of course, I tried both of them and I burned myself a little bit, but at least I now know that rakomelo is much sweeter and closer to my taste than tsikoudia.

Next, necessary, stop? The beaches.

I loved the sandy, sunny beaches and their clear waters. They weren’t very deep, which is a good thing for those who are not really into swimming. The sun burns a bit more than what you might be used to, because Africa is so close to the island, so if you are interested in visiting make sure you have your strongest sunscreen with you. Yes, many tourists were burned from top to bottom, because their sunscream wasn’t high enough. Greece’s sun can be vicious at times, always remember that.

The best part of that trip was not the island itself, it was the people who made the trip great and the journey worth having. My friends who are crazy enough to hang around with me and smile at my jokes and support my ambitions. It’s always the people who make a trip great and worthy, the destination, the view are just added bonus to a general good time.

Before choosing which place you want to visit, choose the people you want to come with you – with proper company every trip, no matter where it is, is bound to be a success.

Thanks for reading!

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