Anti-evil spirit jewelry and decorations were sold throughout Greece.
In the United States, we aren’t that superstitious, so it was amazing to see this. In the United States, we seem to think we are accustomed to all different types of food since it’s very easy to find a Mexican, Italian, Chinese, or Greek restaurant.
I learned the ancient city of Pompeii had a brothel, that the word “gymnasium” comes from the Greek word “gymnós” which means nude, and that the Romans used to fill up the coliseum with water in order to have naval battles.
However, what I will take with me for the rest of my life from this trip did not come from a guided tour.
This article was written by Connor Edward Mc Grane upon his return from Greece and Italy this spring.
He writes about how his trip abroad changed his perspective and helped him gain a global perspective.One of the most amazing aspects of traveling to Europe is how different everything looks. S., it’s quite common to see big SUV’s or minivans…not in Europe. Here in the United States, everything seems so new compared to Europe.Cobblestone streets, narrow roads, and tiny apartment buildings are all so different from what we have here in the U. Especially in New York City where the roads are long and wide, it was amazing to see streets where barely one car can pass through. There was a piazza in Rome literally sitting on top of an ancient stadium.Even exploring the different boroughs in New York City will open your eyes to different cultures.As Ibn Battuta once said, “Traveling—It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” Do you or one of your students have a story you’d like to contribute to the ACIS blog?You can learn so much just from traveling to another part of the United States.The way people live in the south can be very different and interesting compared to here in the North.Our tour guide took us into one home in Athens where a man redid his basement to find a huge pot which was over 2,000 years old. Coming from Long Island, I have only seen a few mountains in my lifetime.Being in Delphi, a city in the mountains of Greece, was breathtaking.At the end of her farewell, she said “Even if you decide that you never want to travel again…Remember what you saw, and that you are all so lucky to have been born in the United States of America.America truly is the land of opportunity, a meritocracy. Never forget that.” This truly stuck with me and made me realize how lucky I am.