Hi my name is Mackenzie and I'm addicted to traveling.
I have an addiction. An addiction to traveling that is. Traveling is sort of like a drug, not harmful to your health of course but harmful to the wallet.
After a busy week in classes full of midterms or reviews, doctors appointments to get one step closer to my residency permit, and a bit of a stomach bug, a weekend trip is exactly what I needed.
8 AM Saturday morning a charter bus departed from our apartment building to head to Meteora. Meteroa, or Μετέωρα, means “suspended in the air”. Meteroa is the location of the Easter Orthodox monasteries of Greece. The complex is made up of six separate monasteries constructed on natural sandstone rock pillars. Meteora is honestly like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It legitimately looks as if we were standing in front of a giant green screen.
We visited two of the six monasteries, and upon entrance had to tie a cloth around our waists. Women are not allowed to wear pants, and in some places not even allowed to enter. The first we entered was the only one that nuns currently reside in, the second a monastery in which monks lived in. Since people are actually living there we of course did not get a tour of the whole building, but we were allowed to visit a few rooms. Before entrance of the altar we were to light a candle, and say a prayer. These buildings were filled with the most elaborate woodwork, descriptive paintings, and the most amazing things made from gold, silver, gems, glass, the whole shebang. After an afternoon at debatably the most beautiful place on this earth we jumped back on the bus and headed to the city of Ioanniana.
After a much needed good nights sleep in Ioanniana, we got on the bus for a short time and headed for the famous Perma cave. We followed a trail through a wet, dark, and humid cave for about 45 minutes. Narrow pathways, and what had to be hundreds of stairs all carved into the natural cave made up the trail. I do not even know how to describe what the cave looked like. It was filled with an incredibly arrangement of stalagmites. Stalagmites are a type of rock formation that are rise from the floor, or descend from the ceiling of the cave from an accumulation of drippings. Something you only see on the Discovery channel.
The Ioanniana castle, just a few minutes away from the cave, was the next stop on our trip along with a short visit to the local island. We frolicked in fields of daisies, road on a boat, and bartered with the locals. Overall it was a gorgeous day, and a great weekend. We got back on the bus and headed home. Although I do love traveling with all my friends from school, I am so very happy to not have to take another trip on that bus until May.
This week is full of midterms and travels to Munich and Salzburg. I’m trying to dance around in some hills.