All my life I have been adventurous. I’ve never been one of those people who let negative thoughts get in the way of their dreams. In preschool, my dream was to go for a sleepover at a friend’s house. Although it may seem silly now, I was enveloped by that idea until I finally got invited! In the early years, I dreamed perpetually of traveling to Disneyland to meet Scooby-Doo and the gang. As I got older though, my tastes changed. After years of dreaming to go on a plane, it finally came true when I was whisked away to Mexico in grade nine as a surprise Christmas present. That week was one of the best of my life. Seven days of tanning, swimming in the ocean, spending time with my family (yes, even my brother) and learning some Spanish along the way…Wonderful. After having dabbled in the world of traveling I knew I wanted to do it again, and soon. After finishing the Harry Potter series while in Mexico, I knew the next place I dreamed of going was England. How could someone my age achieve that though? Over the next summer I worked full time at Beach Boy in Gimli and earned three grand. I am proud to say that I was able to afford the Europe Trip our school was offering. This past March I traveled to London, France and everywhere in between with some of my closest friends for a week that was beyond imaginable! No matter how big or small, I now realize that the one thing that remains constant in all of my dreams is… my need to travel!
Last week we were notified that S-Trip, a student travel company was extremely impressed with the high quality level of blogging that has been taking place on the MTC-W Blog Network for the past few months. As an added bonus to the already wonderful prizes supplied for the Miss Teen Canada-World delegates, S-Trip declared that they would award a free Grad Trip to the Social Media Queen of MTCW 2012! S-Trip will determine the award winner by their first-class blogging on the S-Trip post, as well judge their previous blogs. Our S-Trip assignment is to write about our DREAM vacation. Where would I go? What would I do? Who would I take? Along with that, the number of hits on this website and how well I promote S-Trip through Facebook and Twitter will be taken into account for their Grand Prize… This is a marvelous opportunity. Personally, I don’t know whether I’m more excited to write this post, or just to find out who the winner is! But realistically, at the end of the day, I definitely want you to read on and comment on my post! Happy reading.
When we were give this assignment, I really had to put my thinking cap on. There’s so many wonderful places that I’d love to visit, I had a hard time picking just one! In the end, I decided to pick Greece. For the past two summers, I’ve worked at Beach Boy Restaurant in Gimli. The owners Lucy, Savvas and Peter came from Greece and built the restaurant I from the ground up. There’s many days when they talk fondly of their time in Greece, how beautiful it was and all the experiences they had there. Ever since seeing The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Take Greece, I have been interested in the country. Their good words about it just cemented my want to go there!
Who would I take?
I definitely need to introduce you to the girls I’d take to Greece with me. I love each of them for a different reason, and would totally enjoy sharing my dream vacation with them!
Emily Burns is the first “friend” I’d take. Realistically we are cousins, but act more like sisters. As our moms are twins, we have spent A LOT of time together over the past sixteen years. She is currently going into grade eleven, has a wonderful sense of humor and balances out that sometimes serious side in me. If I am the yin, she is the yang… You get the idea! Emily knows my friends, and I know all of hers. Working together at Beach Boy has been quite an experience these past two years. Our boss must want to strangle us sometimes, as we’re always goofing around! If I went on my dream vacation without her, I don’t know what I’d do! But since she’s coming, let me tell you what we would do. First of all, since Emily is my kindred spirit; Sorry Anne, I know Green Gables is a long way from Greece; and the most easy going person I know, she’ll agree to anything! Whether it be climbing Mount Athos or having a latte in Santorini, she’ll be all for it!
Danielle Dolyniuk is the kind of friend who will get you a Rent-A-Car in a small town of a foreign country where no one speaks the language… And probably for free! She is that head-strong, outgoing, fiercely independent young lady who will always have your back, is good for a laugh and has a way of putting everyone around her at ease. Forget Athena, because Danielle will be taking Greece by storm!
Lisa Kowalyshyn would be the third friend I take. She is that level-headed, calm minded young lady that still knows how to have great time! She’s the one who would sign us up for the Grecian Olympics as soon as we landed… And be the driving force as to why we won! The competitive spirit and keen ability in ALL sports never ceases to amaze me. Rhodes beach volleyball, here we come!
Ever since taking a course on Greek Ancient History, I have been fascinated by the subject. Visiting attractions that the Gods of ancient Greece represent would be an awesome way to determine the handful of many attractions we would visit during our stay in Greece! With so many wonderful places to visit, where would we begin? I believe Myrtos Beach would be one of the first places to visit. I’m sure Poseidon, the God of Water would be pleased. Myrtos beach is world-famous for the mystical colors of the water. The clear, turquoise-blue ocean water deeply contrasts with the smooth white sand of the beach. Towering miles above are beautiful cliffs (which I’m sure Lisa would start climbing)! Myrtos beach has actually been voted 12 times in a row as the most beautiful beach in Greece. After a hectic year of tests, studying, exams and preparing for university, I’m sure that a nice relaxing visit to a Grecian beach would be the perfect way to kick off summer!
After bronzing in the sun, us four girls will hit the town of Santorini which isn’t that far from Myrtos beach. Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love would be proud of our decision to visit the most romantic city in Greece. You never know, we might meet some lovely Grecian heir in our travels! The bustling cobblestone streets that are packed to the brim with cafés, hotels and clothing stores will be the perfect place to get some shopping done. Almost as busy as New York City, Santorini would be the best place to travel if we were looking to shop and have a great time!
Ares, the God of War would definitely want us to visit the Parthenon on top of the Acropolis. The construction of this landmark started in 447 BCE, replacing an older temple that was destroyed by the Persians. It has been through many battles and has served as a fortress, a temple, and a mosque among many other things! Known as the most famous attraction in Athens Greece, we definitely wouldn’t want to miss seeing this. As we are all very active, we wouldn’t have trouble climbing up the many steps to the top of the Parthenon. Besides, we’d have to work off all the gyros, avgolemono (soup… We serve it at Beach Boy) baklavas and souvlaki we’d be eating! This historical site would be gorgeous, the perfect place for a pageant queen and her closest friends to visit!
The last activity I’d want to do while in Greece would be hang gliding. This sport would give me an adrenaline rush for days! This activity would definitely take a little coaxing if I wanted all three girls to do it with me but I believe Athena, Goddess of Courage and Wisdom (among other things) would approve of this activity. Imagine flying over island of Crete seeing the bustling population down below, the warm colored buildings and the beautiful sandy beaches. Up in the sky you wouldn’t have a care in the world. Well… besides falling and meeting a tragic end! Just kidding. We’d only partake in this activity after having practiced with a trained professional!
After this we’d head home, tired from a long 16 hour plane ride. (The flight to Toronto doesn’t seem so bad now)! Although we may head back to our usual summer activities, I’m sure we’d never forget our magical, mystical time in Greece!
I truly enjoyed writing this blog. I feel the need to call Em, Danielle and Lisa up right now and scream “LET’S GO TO GREECE”! because of how excited planning out my dream vacation has made me. Make sure to comment on this blog and pass it on to your friends, as I’d love it if the girls and I could receive a vacation together! I appreciate every person who reads this blog, as I’m writing it for you. Without any readers, there’d be no point in writing! If you like traveling, make sure to check out S-Trip!’s official website. With over 40 destinations, you’ll definitely be able to find the right one for you!
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