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A Look Back at 2012
So many amazing things happened this year:
Good food. Amazing Friends. Seattle. Loss. A new puppy. 21. Greece. Camp. Journalism. Writing. Teaching. Students. Inspiration. Love.
Well, those are the end of my Greece photos. There are obviously a lot more that I took, I just didn’t want to clutter my blog up with them. I had the absolute time of my life and cannot wait for my next adventure.
Back to “normal” blogging.
My last stop was the island of Santorini. I was a little hesitant about going to Santorini because of how popular it is. I’ve never liked touristy places; they never seem real.
But, let me tell you, I have never had more fun in my entire life. Santorini is magical and full of adventure, even if there are a lot of people there. And of course, the sunset in Oia is iconically Greek. I got to see it a few times and it never got old.
Nea Moni and Ghost Town of Anavatos
The Nea Moni Monastery was built in the 11th century and holds the finest examples of Renaissance art in Greece. Due to war and natural disasters, many of the buildings are dilapidated and it was converted into a nunnery where only three nuns live today.
On the grounds there is a building that serves as a memorial for victims of the Chios Massacre by the Turks in 1822 in the town of Anavatos.
Anavatos itself blends into the mountains it’s built on, and today remains a ghost town. There is one old woman that still lives there. The city is haunting to walk through as is the monastery and it’s strange to think that a few people actually live there among the ruins—a common theme in Greece.