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Dream holiday part 2: Paros

After three wonderful days in Athens Sebastiaan and I boarded the ferry and headed off to the beautiful island of Paros. I’ll admit I was somewhat dreading the 5 hour journey ahead but as soon as we made our way through the crowds of travelers, found a cozy (and sunny) spot on the deck and settled in with my book, the ride just flew by.

Once we pulled into the port at Paros I immediately fell in love with the island. The hills filled with little white cottages, crystal clear water and picture perfect blue sky were unlike anything I’d ever seen.

We caught a taxi to our amazinggg hotel and were immediately welcomed with drinks on the balcony– not a bad start! Our time in Paros was that perfect  balance between doing everything and nothing at all. Although we’re devastated a bit sad to be back in cloudy Amsterdam, I have to say it was one of the most relaxing and romantic holidays we’ve ever had. 🙂

A few pictures of our first days in Paros paradise 🙂

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Mayhem boarding the ferry

A fellow traveler let me borrow her hammock for a quick mid-trip snooze 🙂

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View from the ferry

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View from our hotel room

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Wandering the little streets of Parikia, Paros

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During a nice stroll along the harbour

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Ah, the island mentality 😉

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I’ll take you up on that cold beer!

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Delicious grilled sardines

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Barbecued octopus

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Enjoying a delicious meal on the water

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Beautiful Paros sunset 🙂

More to come on our adventures in Paros! 🙂

Dream holiday part 1: Athens

Sebastiaan and I just returned from an absolutely amazing holiday in Greece. We spent 3 days in Athens exploring the city and visiting the sights and then ventured off to Paros for 5 days of sunshine, rest and relaxation. The trip was more incredible than I could have even imagined…

As soon as we arrived in Athens I was struck by the city’s fast pace, narrow streets and old town charm. Although, given the financial crisis now overwhelming this part of the world, it was hard not to also notice the boarded up shops, staggering homelessness and the abandoned pets (dogs and cats) on nearly every street corner. 

Wandering the streets of this iconic city, visiting the Acropolis, enjoying epic views and even better food was definitely an unforgettable experience.

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Our first (of many) Greek salads!

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Yummy Gyro!

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First bite of Mousaka!

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Beginning our LONG hike up Lycabetus Hill!

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We made it to the top!

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First dinner out in Plakka area of Athens

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In front of the Parthenon!

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Taking a break on our way down from the Acropolis – incredible view

Although there were definitely some spots we didn’t get a chance to visit, and we had an absolutely amazing time, I have to admit after 3 days in the hot, busy (and sometimes dirty) ancient city we were more than ready to catch the ferry for our Island escape!

If you’re planning a trip to Athens and looking for a great place to grab a bite I highly recommend here, here and here!

(I wasn’t crazy about our hotel in Athens so I won’t be recommending that one…)

More pictures from our trip below!

So long lazy days…

For a little over a week I’ve been temporarily job free, and I have to admit, fully enjoying the pleasures of unemployment.

I’ve taken day trips, sun bathed on our balcony, took some yoga classes, started a new book, watched a marathon of The Real Housewives of Vancouver and even enjoyed a few 2pm happy hours (much happier than 5pm FYI).

But today, it’s time to bid farewell to the lazy days. I start my new job tomorrow. No more sleeping in, gourmet breakfast or mid-morning television watching. Good-bye cat naps in the sun and impromptu lunch dates.  So long shorts and sandals and hello pencil skirts and heels.

Life as I know it is about to drastically change… OK, I have worked before and I was only unemployed for a week, but c’monI was pretty good at it.

The truth is, I probably would have completely lost it given even 1 more day without a job. As much as I’ve enjoyed lounging around in my pjs and eating egg white omelets on the balcony (I’ve really enjoyed this), I’m already starting to miss the challenge, structure and most of all satisfaction that comes from feeling as though you’ve accomplished something at the end of the day.

So I’m actually pretty excited to start working tomorrow, especially because I really think I’m going to actually enjoy my new job. I’m even looking forward to getting dressed before 10am, wearing makeup everyday and using my brain for more than trying to understand the complexities of Kardashian family drama.

So yes, good-bye lazy days, I’m a little sad to see you go but definitely looking forward to what’s ahead. I’m a bit hysterical and on the brink of a full-blown panic attack, nervous and feeling slightly intimidated to step into my new role tomorrow, but I just have to remind myself that I’m up for the challenge. With positive, smart, energetic new colleagues and interesting projects, I know this will be a wonderful and much-needed step in the right direction. I can’t wait to begin! 🙂

Oh man, this may be a bit harder than I thought 😉