From HUGer Shanielle:
We left Monday morning to head to the Piraeus Port in Athens to board our cruise ship. We checked in smoothly and quickly and were on the ship waiting in the lounge area in what seemed like no time. The crew worked hard to prepare the ship and our rooms for everyone. During our mandatory safety meeting we watched as the ship began to pull away from the port!
After lunch in the dining room most people took the opportunity to rest and explore the ship a bit before our arrival at the Greek island of Mykonos for the evening. We took tender boats to the island where we saw old windmills and shopped at Ionna's handmade linen clothes shop. Unfortunately we never ran into Petros, the pelican mascot for the island.
At dinner, four of us were seated with an older couple from Canada, Sharon and Raymond, who have traveled much of Europe. So we had a lovely conversation over dinner about their travels and ours, as well as some other topics.
Tomorrow morning we will be at Kusadasi, Turkey. Even though this is our last trip together and we have much to do before the end of the semester, I'm sure most of us will take this time to relax, reflect, and hang out with the people we have become so close to this summer.
Sending love as deep as the sea!
Dr. Clay Beason, CSCS
Director, Harding University in Greece