Arcadia in Greece
Travel (verb): to make a journey, typically of some length. Welcome to my journey in search of peace of mind in Athens, Greece. My name is Rachel Shaffer and I grew up in Puyallup, Washington - an unpronounceable town, but a lovable one. I currently live in Bloomington, Illinois where I attend school at Illinois Wesleyan University. I'm a junior majoring in Political Science and International Studies with a concentration in Western Europe. I am a member of a sorority, am constantly in search of a good story, and enjoy people who can tell a good joke and take one.
I’ve never lived in a big city. And, apart from the fleeting passions of my eight-year-old “I’m going to be an actor in New York City” heart, I’ve never wanted to. Coming to Athens, a metropolis of a modern city and an empire of history, has been a mind-blowing… More
It seems like just yesterday I was landing, sleep deprived at the Athens airport and being whisked away for the semester of a lifetime. I can barely comprehend the fact that there is only a month left in this program. While this semester hasn’t been easy… More
The Nationals Gardens of Athens are one of my favorite places to wander about and clear my head. They’re winding trails with constant changes in scenery and smells. As a chronic people-watcher, I also love going there to observe native Athenians in such… More
Over the weekend, with my biodiversity and conservation classmates, I visited Kyparissia Bay and the Archelon volunteers there. Archelon is an NGO in Greece whose primary goal is sea turtle protection and conservation of the natural habitats for the turtles… More
After what felt like months of preparation, far too many passport photos taken, and a solid few days of travel, I landed in Athens and embarked on my three and a half month journey in search of peace of mind. I happen to be an individual who strives… More