This past week I've been on holiday with my best friends in Corfu, Greece, as a celebration of the end of exams, the end of school and indeed the end of an era, as come September we'll go our separate ways to university. Most people in our year tend to go on holiday in groups at the end of school, typically to a hot destination in Spain or Greece, or on a city trip somewhere closer to home. We opted for the former, and since we booked the trip much earlier this year we'd been looking forward to it immensely, especially in the middle of what seemed like never-ending exams.
We booked a package deal, which in retrospect was a really good idea as it meant we were picked up from the airport and taken to our hotel, which otherwise would have been complicated as none of us can drive yet. Unfortunately, the flipside of the deal was getting up at 3am to catch our flight at 6:30am, just in time for a beautiful sunrise over Brussels airport.
On the first day we were mostly recovering from the early start but still found time to explore the town a little and spend a few hours by the hotel's pool.
The view from our room was 50% picturesque, 50% wasteland.
On a few evenings we walked the mere 50m to the beach to watch the sunset, and of course took a few obligatory cheesy photos.
During the week we did quite a bit of exploring in the beach area and found a few beautiful spots to watch the sunset from.
The town we stayed in was definitely on the touristy side (most restaurant menus were exclusively in English and the souvenir shops were numerous), but it had a lot of charming details that redeemed it somewhat.
All in all it was a lovely week, and such an adventure as it was the first holiday we'd been on completely by ourselves, and a new destination too. Even though I'm not the biggest fan of the beach and heat for extended periods of time, it was really nice to just soak up the sun and try to eliminate all memories of exams from my mind. I even added a few Greek words to my extremely limited repertoire, which otherwise consists of mostly swear words and insults picked up from people at school! I know I'd definitely like to go back to Greece someday, especially to the historical sites and to learn more about the fascinating history and culture.
Just for fun, I also took a disposable camera with me and took a load more photos which I'm going to try and get developed as soon as possible - I'll probably share them on here too.