Rebecca's 2009
People to People Trip
to Greece & Italy

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Greece & Italy

July 2, 2009 I began my trip to Europe that would
last for 3 weeks. After so much anticipation
and fundraising it was finally time to leave.
Unfortunately on the day we left there was lots
of fog and rain so our flight was delayed.
We had to wait in Boston for over ten hours.
We were then informed that we would spend
a day in Paris, so that wasn’t so bad.
I was able to see the Eiffel tower, Notre Dame,
the Arc de Triomphe, the Seine River, and
the amazing city of Paris.

The next day we left for Athens but we were
on a tight schedule. As soon as we landed
we had to board a ferry to Crete. Crete was
one of the most beautiful islands and also one
of the hottest. Our first day in Crete was
spent in Iraklion. We visited the Palace of
Knossos & the Dictean caves.
The hike to the caves was exhausting but inside

the caves was cool and refreshing. Our second
day on Crete was my favorite. We left early that
morning to help the Mediterranean Sea turtles.
We visited the Archelon association to help
build fences that guide the baby turtles into the
ocean. It was our first community service project.
Later that day we got a taste of Greek culture
when we learned three stylesof Greek dances
which we had to perform in front of the village.
Our last day on Crete was the much
anticipated donkey ride. Everyone was so excited

to ride the donkeys including me. After that was
one of my favorite parts of the entire trip.
We had the opportunity to eat a meal prepared
by a Greek family and eat at their home. It
allowed us to see how they lived and what they
ate. The food was amazing. Later that day we
learned the ancient Cretan process of bread
making.We had to leave Crete and continue on
tomainland Greece. Our day was spent playing
catch up in Athens, visiting all the monuments like
theAcropolis. It was amazing to see the Parthenon
up close. On our last day in Greece we visited
Olympia, the site of the first Olympics.
Alongside my friends, we raced on the same track
as many Olympians did hundreds of years ago.

Then we were in Italia. We traveled to a small
village called Morano Calabro to make Italian
cheese and do a project to help the town. All 42
student ambassadors planted flowers in the city
center to help the town. Another favorite from
the trip was learning Sicilian dancing.
It was very different from Greek dancing
and was a lot more of a workout but was very
fun to do. We also got to climb the active
volcano, Mt. Etna. It was beautiful from the
top, but I am still pouring ash out of my shoes.
We learned how to make pottery
in a small town called Caltigirone and we
spoke with a representative from the city
of Cepalu, which was very informal and
interesting. We visited a small school in
Italy where we had the opportunity
to interact with Italian kids our age.
We played basketball and soccer, which
they were very good at. On mainland
Italy we went to the ancient city of
Pompeii at the base of Mt Vesuvius.
I was very excited to visit Pompeii
and learn about its history. We
spent our last 3 days in Rome.
3 days is not enough for such an amazing
city. We spent our first day visiting the
Coliseum and the Roman forum.
The Coliseum was one of the most
amazing things to see in person, pictures
don’t do it justice. Vatican City had to be
my personal favorite places to go.
I could spend a whole week there.
The Sistine Chapel, St. Peters square, St. Peters
basilica, and so much more. There was
an informational meeting by a Vatican priest
and a member of the Swiss Guard.
Unfortunately the Pope was not there so we
did not see him. Our trip was coming to an
end, but there were still a few more
things to do. We had a scavenger hunt
all over Rome; we had to answer questions
by asking the locals. We saw the Trevi fountain,
the Pantheon, as well as the Spanish steps
and the Catacombs. It was very exciting and
we got to see the city by foot.
The trip was coming to an end and
I had to say goodbye to Europe, pack
my bags and return home.

I express my deepest gratitude to
everyone who helped make my trip possible.
It was one of the most amazing things I have
ever done and will never forget.

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Italy & Greece
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