Have you ever had a dream? Maybe a dream to sky dive or see the Eiffel Tower. My dream since I have seen pictures of Greece, was to go to Santorini.
Well, I accomplished this dream. It’s crazy to actually fulfill a dream you have had for so long.
The surreal feeling you are overcome with is euphoric. To actually be there, seeing the blue roofs and white wash houses was mind blowing. It did not hit me until I saw my first sunset.
My first hour in Santorini was everything I expected. We had transport from the airport to our hostel and as soon as we got in the car greek music was playing and the sun was rising. It was picture perfect to say the least and even though I was raged with exhaustion, it was all taken away by the beauty that I was witnessing.
We drove the winding roads, listening to this greek music, with a greek driver singing along, and my first impression of Santorini was majestic.
It was a bit cold, but that did not keep me down. I was in Santorini and I could not stop smiling.
It really hit me that we were in Greece when we saw the first set of donkeys. Sounds pretty funny and you think it only happens in movies, but it really does happen in real life.
We finally got to our hostel and it was the best surprise to step out of the car and see the sunrise. It’s like everything you ever hope it to be. The sun is bigger than you will ever see and the colors radiate off the blue pristine water.
We could not check into our hostel until 9 and it was only 6:30, so in my mind we were pretty lucky. We had a few hours to sit on the beach (which was 100ft from our hostel) and we just napped on the beach while enjoying the sunrise.
The hostel we stayed at was on Perissa Beach (Black Sand Beach). It was this nice villa and Sophia and I had our own little room, terrace included.
The first day, it was kind of chilly and windy so we just stayed on the beach, napped and ate our first Greek gyro (Which is better than I thought it would be).
After a much needed nap, we went and found the most magical place on earth, Dorian’s Pub. Dorian’s pub was one of the highlights of the trip. Every hour of every day was happy hour. We had cocktails for 3 euro every night during our stay.
The next day, we rented an ATV and went exploring the island of Thira. We traveled to the red sand beach (Akrotiri). It’s crazy how on one island is a black, red and white sand beach. All the sand is volcanic rock so that is where it gets the variety of color from.
After exploring the red beach, we went to see the light house at the southwest end of the island. It was many of the most breathtaking sights we saw. You can see the whole island from the top.
You can see the reflection of the sun glowing off the blue water and you just sit in awe because beauty is surrounding you in every direction you look.
After we sat at the lighthouse for 3 hours, we decided it was time to go. Even though we wanted to go home, our ATV did not want us too.
The ATV did not start. So Sophia and I are by this lighthouse, maybe 40 mins away from our hostel, and we have no phone, no idea what to do. So we start pushing this ATV down the road. There has to be hotel or someone who can help us.
I am pretty sure it was an angel sent from God, but someone how a lady heard us trying to start our ATV and came running to our help. AND she had a phone.
We called the ATV people and they sent someone to come fix it. I have to say though, our ATV died in a pretty beautiful place. We got to watch the sunset as we waited.
When he fixed it, I wanted nothing more than to just go get a drink and sit on the beach and that’s what we did. That’s basically what we did every night.
Everyday I woke up to the sound of birds chirping, the Grecian sun on my face and cats, lots and lots of cats.
On our third day there, the sun was shining and it was nice and warm. A perfect day to lay by the beach and get some sun, something I have been deprived of in Holland.
We sat on the beach under our umbrella, in front of the Aegean Sea and it was dream like. The definition of paradise was that exact moment.
Later that night we went to the capital, Fira and then to the infamous sunset town, Oia. Every thing, every view, every where you looked you were surrounded by beauty. No matter which direction you turned in, your mind was completely shattered by the amount of gorgeous things surrounding you.
We walked around Fira for a little bit, shopping and just watching the sun slowly go down and then we went to Oia to watch the sunset.
Waiting on top of the ledge, anticipating the worlds most famous sunset, my mind just wandered. I couldn’t actually believe that I was here. I was in Santorini watching a sunset I thought I would only see in pictures.
When they tell you that it is the most beautiful sunset you will ever see, they (whoever they are) are 100% right.
The sky just enthralls you. Turning colors I never thought the sky could make. It almost look like it is on fire, but in the most beautiful way.
We waited around two hours for the sunset and in a matter of 5 minutes it was gone. I have to day it was one of the best “waiting” moments of my life.
I don’t think I will ever witness anything more beautiful in my life and I feel so grateful I can say I have seen the world’s most famous sunset AND sunrise.
On our last day there, we just sat on the beach, walked around the little town of Perissa and just relaxed.
Knowing that I was coming back to Leiden one last time and I had to say goodbye to the home I have made these past for months was a little bittersweet.
For mine and Sophia’s last trip, Santorini was the last one, but definitely not least. Fulfilling this dream met every expectation I had seen in pictures and read online.
There are no words to describe how this last trip affected me. It may sound weird thinking that a place can change you, but once you experience it, you believe in it and I strongly believe in it.
For those of you who have those places on your bucket list, but can’t find the time, money or a way to do it, know that it is possible. I just did it.
I urge you to do the same. The feeling you get when you see something you have only dreamed of is better than anything you can ever imagine.
Yes, you may have to save a lot of money, but what I have learned my past few months here and from visiting Santorini is that traveling is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer.