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A Memorable Experience

Written by: Clayton Conder

It’s been 58 days since I’ve returned from Greece at the time I am writing this, and there hasn’t been a day when I haven’t thought of and missed it. It was my first time traveling overseas, first time on a plane, on a ship, first time being gone for so long (five weeks), but it only took getting into the hotel our first night in Athens for me to settle into a new world. Five weeks sharing a small room and bathroom with two other students I had never met before joining the KIIS program gave a lot of perspective as to how little space a person really needs in order to be comfortable. The food was the best I have ever had, which was good as that was what I was primarily nervous about prior to the trip, and I found it difficult to revisit restaurants as there were so many others to try. Above everything, the sight of the Acropolis outside our hotel every day we were in Athens, the shoreline of every island and coastal town we stayed at, the mountains dotted with houses and farms across the mainland, the small businesses lining the streets, and the astonishing presence of ancient buildings and sites everywhere we visited will remain in my memory as long as I have one.


Clayton Conder

Thomas More College

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