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As you all know by now, I studied for one semester in Lille, France last 2008. We lived a frugal life and tried to avoid spending on food and shopping just to be able to travel during the days when we didn’t have classes or schoolwork to do. Almost every weekend, we visited a new European city or country trying to immerse ourselves in their culture. Yes, travel was the number one priority as we knew that it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have more than 100 days to stay Europe.
I remember telling Kim (middle in the photo) that I could go home and prematurely end my 4-month stint in Europe once I get to visit Santorini. Of course, I did not do that, but still, Santorini was able to capture my heart that fateful October 25. It was a place of serenity, calmness, peace and beauty with almost EVERYTHING in blue and white (which makes the Atenean in me really happy!). The sunrise, the sunset, the waters, the buildings, the donkeys, the flowers, the people–all of these make the place a must-see. My pictures do not even give justice to the splendor of Santorini. The gushing of the wind, the scent of the waters surrounding its various islands, and the perfect touch of sunshine that will gently seethe through your skin also make it a perfect place for rest and relaxation.
More than the sights, though, the three main reasons why Santorini has become my favorite vacation spot are (1) the memories the place holds, (2) the fun things you can do in 3 days, (3) the cost!
Memories? What memories? Well, Santorini has been the setting for amazing movies such as The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Mamma Mia (though I think they only made a replica of the place in a studio; still, I choose to believe that it is Santorini), and yes, even our local KC Concepcion + Richard Gutierrez flick, For The First Time. It’s so much fun to recall scenes from these movies and look for the spots where they shot it. We rode the donkeys just like what Lena did, we took photos with those beautiful flowers and a quirky pose (see main picture) ala Mamma Mia, and of course, I had to have a KC Concepcion crying scene remake.
And yes, I do not run out of fun things that you can do in Santorini! Upon arriving at dawn, we got to chill at the beach and wait for the beautiful sunrise. After settling down, we joined this tour which brought us all around the place in a boat and to see (and climb on) a volcano! After eating lunch by the waters, we got to go to the famous Oia to take photos with the sceneries and witness the sunset. The next day, we go to visit a museum and swim in the Perissa beach (only one of the numerous beaches in Santorini). I won’t even include how much food we were able to eat during the entire trip!
The next best thing about Santorini is that it’s one of the most affordable places to stay in throughout the continent! We visited during October, which isn’t really the peak season, and our hostel only cost us 10 euros a night per person! That’s a rare find when you’re in Europe! Even the food is affordable! We got to eat a 2-euro cheese pie for snacks, and cheap cheap dinner in a nearby restaurant. I remember spending only 5 to 6 euros for 2 huge souvlaki servings! Yes, that is already cheap considering other countries in Europe! Lastly, since everything in Santorini is beautiful, you don’t need to pay entrance fees (except for tours and museums, of course). Just take a stroll and there will surely be something worth enjoying!
Santorini should definitely be a place to visit! It does not only give you good pictures, but more so, it gives you good memories with your good friends for a price that’s good to your pocket :)