Having lived in Rome during college, the thought of going to Athens didn’t at first interest me a ton. But once I realized the history, the ruins, the sights, the museums that awaited me – I couldn’t have been more excited! My siblings and friends explored tirelessly. We arrived in Greece during their economic crisis, and luckily only ran into a protest once – and Greece, as of 2015 at least, is still on the euro.

One of my favorite moments was when my sister T. and my friend M. climbed Lycabettus Hill – just in time to find the Athens sun setting. It was breathtaking.