Opa! Part: 2

Acropolis in Greece. Stephanie-spring.comAcropolis in Greece. Stephanie-spring.comAcropolis in Greece. Stephanie-spring.comAcropolis in Greece. Stephanie-spring.comAcropolis in Greece. Stephanie-spring.comOne of first places our group visited was the Acropolis. A trip to Greece isn’t complete without this. As months went on, it was no longer just a site to visit, it was a landmark in our neighborhood, a spot where the guys would go and read, and a place that I wish I would have appreciated so much more. The history, architecture, and views from this spot are unlike any others. Athens, Greece. Stephanie-spring.com 215234_1659151446690_6261175_n Athens, Greece. Stephanie-spring.comAthens, Greece. Stephanie-spring.comAthens, Greece. Stephanie-spring.comA sunset is truly is breath-taking no matter where you are in Greece. One evening, a small group of us randomly decided to venture out on a hike to see the sunset. We were so excited until our legs hurt and the walk was definitely longer than we anticipated. We wanted to make sure we made it in time and didn’t miss what all the talk about this spot was about! Through the moans and groans, we chatted and grew closer, only to be awaited by the most gorgeous view at the top. We couldn’t stop bouncing between taking pictures and taking it all in. The walk was rejuvenating, picturesque, and a breath of fresh air from the insane traffic and massive amounts of people we encountered on a daily basis. As I looked down onto the city, I loved how different this was from my original home and started to realize that a home is so much more than just an address. Meteora, Greece. Stephanie-spring.comMeteora, Greece. Stephanie-spring.com Meteora, Greece. Stephanie-spring.comMeteora, Greece. Stephanie-spring.comMeteora, Greece. Stephanie-spring.com Meteora, Greece. Stephanie-spring.com Meteora, Greece. Stephanie-spring.com Meteora, Greece. Stephanie-spring.comIn all honesty, my desire to study abroad in Greece stemmed from a night of watching Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. No lie. I rearranged my entire college schedule to study there because the scenery in that movie intrigued me so unbelievably much. I had no idea what I was about to witness though when I left for this trip. Greece had so many other treasures than just white buildings and blue roofs. The lush landscape and mountains are to die for. It is like nothing I had ever seen and I was in awe. It was new. It was different. It was gorgeous.

Waking up at 5:00 a.m. to meet the entire group wasn’t exactly beauteous but the bus ride, the view, the connection the group made during this time was something I would do over and over again in a heartbeat. We learned, laughed, and bonded thanks to Meteora.
Athens, Greece. Stephanie-spring.comAegina, Greece. Stephanie-spring.com Aegina, Greece. Stephanie-spring.comAegina, Greece. Stephanie-spring.comAegina, Greece. Stephanie-spring.comAegina, Greece. Stephanie-spring.comAegina, Greece. Stephanie-spring.comAegina, Greece. Stephanie-spring.comAegina, Greece. Stephanie-spring.comEaster in Athens Greece. Stephanie-spring.comEaster is a big deal in Greece! It is celebrated on a much larger scaler than Christmas or any other holiday. During our Easter break, several people in the group decided to travel to other countries or parts of Greece. However, there was a group of us that stayed back. During that time, we went to market’s, cooked dinner together, made each other Easter baskets and ate crepes like it was nobodies business.

However, the best part of Easter break was when we decided to take a short ferry ride to a nearby island, Aegina. When I think back on, “perfect days,” this one always makes the list. The weather was perfect, the town was quaint, and the people were so friendly. We laid in the sun, had nutella flavored drinks, and talked about God’s goodness. I had chicken souvlaki for dinner with the view of bright blue water and boats that were coming and going. We shopped, ate ice cream, and laughed a lot. That night, an Easter service was scheduled for a church nearby our apartment. We were sunburnt and tired but determined to experience an Easter service in Greece that night.

We got home, swapped our bathing suits for dresses, and held hands to keep track of each other in the crowd. It was overwhelming and beautiful all in one. Easter in Greece was one for the books and the best part was, we were just getting started on this three-month adventure. 🙂 stephanie-spring.com

Create a travel board on Pinterest and start pinning some of these pictures to add to your bucket list! I can promise you that you won’t regret it! Happy Tuesday! xo

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Opa! Part: 1

IMG_1680Five years ago I left everything and everyone I had known and decided to study abroad in Greece for three months. Little did I know, this would be one of my most life-changing experiences. I was about to meet people who I would forever feel connected to, see some of the most breathtaking views, and embrace one of the richest cultures. IMG_1672On March 27, 2011 my parents and boyfriend at the time, drove me to the airport. It was a tearful goodbye (more…)

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites 01It’s Friday! I love linking up with Erika, Narci, and Andrea because it makes me look for the positives and favorites throughout the week. 🙂

One.stephanie-spring.comOn Saturday morning, Eric and I went to a coffee bar. It was amazing! The minimalistic decor was my favorite! (And the coffee!) 😉

Two. 2016-03-21_0002I loved creating a mix tape to my life. I got to reminiscing and decided to creating another playlist, here because there were too many favorites for just one post. 😉

Three. FullSizeRenderThis quote stuck out to me throughout the week and it was such a good reminder of God’s faithfulness.

Four.stephanie-spring.comYesterday, I was making strawberry (my fav fruit) anything and everything.

Five.stephanie-spring.comGreece is one of my favorite places. Starting on Sunday, I’m writing all about my favorite places to visit, eat, and do while I lived in Greece!

Happy Easter weekend everyone! 

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Soundtrack to my Life

After writing all about a mix tape to my life, I naturally thought of a gazillion other songs that bring back a flood of memories. A lot of people commented on Instagram about their long-lost love for Backstreet Boys, Hanson, and so on. I decided to put together a little playlist for your week with some older and newer tunes to get your feet tapping and head bobbing. Some may be cheesy, some you may have never heard of, but I can promise you if you give even a handful a try, you will find some that you love. Here’s to the soundtrack to my life that I forgot existed until I was recalling studying abroad, visiting one of my sweetest friends in Texas and that time I lived in Colorado to name just a few. 😉 Here’s to all of the cheers, tears, and years of memories! xoxo

  1. Girl on T.V.- L.F.O
  2. Just a Kiss- Lady Antebellum
  3. The Wobble- V.I.C
  4. Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)- Aaron Carter
  5. Black and Yellow- Wiz Khalifa
  6. Everything Has changed- Taylor Swift ft. Ed Sheeran
  7. A Drop in the Ocean- Ron Pope
  8. Oceans- Hillsong United
  9. Hey Ho- The Lumineers
  10. I Won’t Give Up On Us- Jason Mraz
  11. Take Care- Drake ft. Rihanna
  12. I Go Back- Kenny Chesney
  13. Tipsy- Jake Owen
  14. Baby Girl- Sugarland
  15. Call Me Maybe- Carly Rae Jepsen
  16. Times- Tenth Avenue North
  17. Touch the Sky- Hillsong United
  18. House Party- Sam Hunt
  19. Over and Over- Nelly ft. Tim McGraw
  20. Drunk on Your Love- Bret Eldredge
  21. Boom Clap- Charli XCX
  22. All of Me- John Legend
  23. Peace- O.A.R.
  24. White Dress- Ben Rector
  25. Best Days of Your Life- Kellie Pickler
  26. Erase Me- Kid Cudi ft. Kanye West
  27. Timber- Pitbull ft. Ke$ha
  28. Payphone- Maroon 5
  29. Halo- Beyonce
  30. Trust in You- Laura Daigle
  31. If It’s Love- Train
  32. Runnin’ Outta Moonlight- Randy Houser
  33. Home- Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros