Someone once told me that the best way to get to know a person is by travelling with them to a different place; and after the experiences I've had so far travelling with family and friends, I couldn't agree more. You learn a lot about a person - and they learn a lot about you - when in a different environment from the one you're both used to. In some cases, the experience can work against a friendship, but in other cases, it can enrich it - just as it did with mine & Kanyali's. 👯😊
Kanyali & I have been friends for almost 14 years now, a friendship that started in primary school back in Kenya. Although I've always valued our friendship, I never imagined it would last as long as it has!😯I actually wasn't even aware of how long we'd been friends until Kanyali pointed it out the other day...
We both grew up in Kenya, and were fortunate to be in Europe at the same time - her studying in Greece & me studying in the Netherlands. She invited me to visit her in Greece a year ago; however, plans to do so only worked out this summer.
I have travelled quite a bit in the last year, which I now realize was preparing me for this trip in many ways. With every new travelling experience, I've learnt how best to make the most of my trips to new places. Therefore, despite my short stay in Greece, I believe I made the most of it, and saw much more than I initially thought I'd be able to see.
We first explored Trikala, the city where Kanyali lives & studies; we travelled to a town in Trikala called Kalampaka (also spelled "Kalambaka" or "Kalabaka") to see the famous Metéora. We spent an entire day visiting the monasteries built there, and even watched the sun set right from the top of one of the more popular spots in The Metéora. (Kanyali says it's the thing to do here, and I now understand why😍 ).
Our last stop was Thessaloniki, where we visited the White Tower and treated ourselves to cocktails as we toured the city by boat. Part of me is sad that I wasn't able to visit the capital city, Athens, this time round. But I'm mostly happy that I got to explore the more unexplored & not-so-popular parts of Greece.
The people there were friendly - as has been the case for me so far in terms of travel - and I was even spoiled rotten at dinner whenever we went out to eat at one of the local tavernas in Trikala. I got a lot of stares - in Trikala, especially, as it's quite a remote city and doesn't get many foreign visitors. Nevertheless, I took it in my stride and didn't let it get to me. All in all, I'm yet to have a bad experience in a new country. 😊
It's already a month since I got back from Greece, and I still smile (or laugh out loud) when I think of some of the memories Kanyali & I made there. 😁 Here are the ones I was able to capture in picture & video form.
I hope you enjoy them! 😉
P.S. Much love & a big Σας ευχαριστώ (Thank you) to Kanyali for inviting me over & making sure I had a memorable and authentic Greek experience. 😘😊
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