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Here are a few things you can expect:
- We typically receive 2-3 blog posts per week here at GLA Headquarters from our program staff and students, so please don’t be alarmed if you don’t see a blog post daily – that’s totally normal.
- Blog updates sent on weekends may not be posted until Monday.
- Due to many factors, including but not limited to internet accessibility, photos may not always be available to post onto the blog. Sometimes onsite program staff are only able to send text back to Headquarters, where our team updates the blog.
Thank you for your patience and understanding, and we hope you enjoy following along on these unforgettable adventures.
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-The Global Leadership Adventures HQ Team
BLOG POST FOR JULY 8
Hi it’s Jacob and Alicia!
This morning we ate a very traditional greek breakfast and immediately hit the streets. We traveled all throughout the city of Athens by bike and saw famous landmarks such as the acropolis, and explored the different mini towns of Athens. The different views were breathtaking as most were overlooking the entire city. After this amazing bike ride, we were ravenous and ate at a traditional greek restaurant and ate, spanakopita, dolma, and many famous traditional foods. They were delicious.
The second part of the day was full of long walks and taking in the views, as well as taking in the interesting information from our tour guides. They provided us with a new perspective on the acropolis and toured us around the jaw dropping, historical, works of art. We finished off our day at the hotel eating dinner, swimming, and getting to know the individuals on the trip in our mentor groups. The goal of mentor groups is to make a tighter bond with a smaller group of people. In these groups, we discuss our interests, dislikes, and dreams in efforts to help give us confidence and boost us to reaching our goals. The night was completely with the stunning rooftop view of the acropolis!
BLOG POST FOR JULY 12
Hey everyone, it’s Olivia!
In the morning we packed our bags and left the hotel in Zaros, before heading north to a nearby farm. Tired, we were greeted by Michalis and Melina, (owners of the farm) who took us on a bumpy truck journey down the rural track to the farm. We spent the morning dancing, learning how to make bread and phyllo pastry. After that we milked and fed goats, held chickens and bunnies, as well as watering pigs. Then we tasted the food we made in the stone fired oven, (which was delicious) finally we danced to traditional music with a traditional dance.
Hi guys, this is Nolan! After the farm we took a nice long bus ride to Heraklion, then took a nice long time to rest in our rooms. Then we took a tour of the village, exploring all of the old churches, and the old Venetian spots from their previous occupation, seeing the fountain of lions and so much more. After that we went shopping for a while then went out for a nice long dinner with some very interesting conversations. The last stretch of the day we went back to the hotel to reflect on the day and went to bed. All in all it was a great day.
BLOG POST FOR JULY 13
Hi I’m Anika!
To start our day, we drove to a local beach and spent a couple hours swimming and building sandcastles. The water was so clear and it felt so nice to get in. After a while, we got hungry and went to a small restaurant for a snack. I really enjoyed hanging out with friends and eating ice cream. After one more quick dip in the sea, we drove to a restaurant and had a delicious Greek lunch.
Hey guys, it’s Inara and I’m here to discuss the animal shelter in Heraklion! The animal shelter is a nonprofit organisation that brings homes to injured animals in Crete. Part of the deal, was us having the ability to choose between bringing the animals food or medicine and we chose medicine because we thought it would benefit the animals more. We unfortunately couldn’t walk the dogs due to the weather but we had plenty of fun playing with them and the kittens in the shelter!
Hey guys, this is Alvie! After some fun group games run by our mentors, we were treated to a city tour of Heraklion by our local guide! We stopped off for some gelato to rejuvenate us before heading off to the old Venetian port, fortress and dockyards. We saw a mural of Icarus and learnt about that myth. We then walked up to the flea markets, where we had an hour of free time to explore and go shopping! We concluded the evening with a delicious Cretan dinner which included a birthday celebration for one of the mentors. We finally went back to the hotel where we had our Olympic circle and reflected on the day.
BLOG POST FOR JULY 14
Hi it’s Charley and Lukas!
We are in Santorini! We took a short walk to a burger restaurant only a block away from the beach, called “Juicy Burger”. We sat at a long table and enjoyed talking with one another while having some delicious burgers, fries, salads, and onion rings. After eating, we hopped back on the bus and drove to Oia, the biggest city on the island. There, we walked around the city center and took some beautiful photos before getting free time to explore the little shops. After that, we hopped on the bus and traveled to the second city on our afternoon tour, Megalochori. There, we explored the ancient cave houses that were once used to store wine, as they maintain a constant temperature year round. Then, we traveled to our last location, Profitis Ilias, which is the highest point on the island. Finally, we went back to the hotel, changed, and had dinner there. And to finish our day, we ended with our mentor groups and other team bonding games. Overall, it was a very fun day with lots of traveling, pictures, and fun!
BLOG POST FOR JULY 15
Hi it’s Ben, Alexa and Andrew!
We woke up and went to breakfast and went to the town of Fira and went shopping for 2 hours. After Fira we went for lunch at a restaurant with a stunning view. Then we went to the Old Port of Fira to take a wooden boat to sail around the Caldera. On the boat trip we had a great time conversing with each other. After that we jumped in the water x2 then we got nutrients for fuel🍗.
Danced we did!?
BLOG POST FOR JULY 18
Hi everyone! Beth and María here, your International Director and Mentor, to summarise the final few days on this wonderful Greek adventure.
After our brilliant time in Crete and Santorini, and a day’s ferry back to Piraeus, we enjoyed some closing GLA activities together before our final day volunteering in Athens at The Other Person community centre and soup kitchen. We are so proud of you all for socialising with local displaced peoples, working as a team to prepare and provide them with hot food, and leaving a positive impact on your last day in Greece. We finished our adventure together with a traditional dance and dinner in a family restaurant nestled in the hills of Athens, with more beautiful views of this ancient city. A few Greek surprised were in store, with smashing plates and dressup in traditional costume!
Good luck for the future and we hope you will all take the lessons you’ve learned into your journeys beyond GLA!
Efcharisto and Yasas! ❤️