Though many of you know by now, I will be studying abroad in Greece this semester. The program (College Year in Athens) will be housing me in an apartment building with 3-4 other students from the States in the center of Athens where I will be taking classes for 4 months. The aim of this blog is to keep you informed about where I will be and what I will be doing while abroad.
For centuries, people have been traveling to Greece, traversing war zones, dangerous seas, and encountering numerous diseases. Luckily, I do not have to deal with these hazards in present day, so they turn all of this trouble into getting a visa. Obtaining a Greek visa is quite a bit harder than would be expected for such a small country. It even surpasses the difficulty of gaining entrance to countries such as France, England, and Germany. However, despite the FBI criminal background check, fingerprinting, giving up bank statements and W-2 forms, and traveling to the Chicago consulate, I had my passport given back with my very own Greek visa a week before I was supposed to leave.
Next thing on the agenda: Packing. How DOES one pack for 4 months in luggage small enough to haul on a 2 week voyage from Athens to Paris?