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Last Day of Class, Last Night in Santorini

Breakfast was amazing.  The best breakfast I think I have ever had!  It is the BEST waffle place.  ‘Mermaid’, ‘Sarge’, ‘Hercules’, ‘Nuonos’, ‘Mikree’, ’Honey Bee’, ‘The Saint’, ‘Lonely Island’, ‘Boots’, ‘The Closer’, and I all ate waffles together.  I ordered a mix fruit waffle with honey.  It had nectarines, plums, apples, strawberries, and peaches toppling off of it.  Oh, did I mention the whip cream?

OIA Town …. Beautiful, Isnt it?

After wonderful waffles ‘Hercules’,’ ‘Boots’, ‘The Closer’, and I went wonderful wine tasting.  We were able to try a couple different wines, some ouzo, olive oil, garlic olives, and Kalamata famous olives.  We all bought something and had it shipped in the same box.  Because I bought the most, it is going to be shipped to my apartment.  It wasn’t very much extra to have it shipped either.  The bonus is that if something arrives broken, they will ship another one no charge.

Our view for the final dinner. (Taken the day before)

After wine tasting, as a group we decided to go sketching.  We didn’t last very long because the sun was beating down so strong. I was only able to put down two sketches.  Due to the sun beating down, it was officially time to take a nap.  Sleepy Time.  Waking up, it was time to get ready for our farewell dinner.

Awe! Last Dinner Together! Greek Family!

Everyone got dolled up to sit on the waterfront in OIA to watch the sunset at 7:00pm (the earliest we have eaten dinner) while eating dinner.  Dinner was lovely.  Muscles, octopus, tzaiki, bread, fried zucinni, Greek salad, and lots of wine was served.  Everyone stood up to toast each other with whimsical, cherished, and even loving memories of one another from the trip.  I went to use the bathroom, and had to wait in line.  ‘Honey Bee’ steps out saying, “Sorry I took so long, I was taking pictures.”  She sees my confused face and continues, “What? Its really cool in there.”  Turns out it was pretty cool.  The bathroom was carved out of a rock.  After a 3 hour dinner it was time for ‘Nounos’ to make the closing toast.  We were kicked out of the restaurant before given the chance.  Apparently we were being too loud.  But, it was without warning.  If they would have at least informed us we were having too much fun then we might have been able to quite ourselves.

Bathroom Photo! Pretty Cool, Huh?

Some of the girls were staying in a house overlooking the typical sunset volcano view, so we decided to meet up there.  Our teacher was able to give the toast he couldn’t at the restaurant.  He toasted each one of us individually, and was able to make some of the girls tear up.  We presented our teacher with a thank you gift, a calendar, with each of us taking over a month.  We each wrote something on that month expressing our gratitude.  We spent a couple hours socializing before heading out to hit the town.  It was probably 1:00 am when we arrived at Tropical Bar.  Everyone stayed out pretty late dancing and having fun.  A great way to end class time!

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Perriann Hodges

I am not an author. To be quite honest, I always hated English class. I write so I may share my experiences and remember the man I met on a bus who treated me to dinner with his family, paying and booking a hotel only to find out its out of business, fake crying in the Athens airport to get a ticket home, or remember the strangers who looked out for me on a bus. Some live, experience, and are fulfilled by what’s in their backyards. I find there is something truly exhilarating about cramming as many possessions into a bag as possible, only to complain you brought too many. This is my life out of a suitcase, hope you enjoy.

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