Last year I told my girlfriend, in so many words, that whatever she wanted to do for her 40th birthday the following year, I’d do it.
And I meant it.
There was talk about renting a beach house and playing around with a Slip ‘N Slide. Or maybe spend a relaxing weekend on Molokai. All doable.
Then I got word of the plans: we were going to Greece.
And she wasn’t talking about the musical.
Greece is one of those magical, mystical countries that I’ve only thought about, never seriously looked into. Unlike China, though, it’s fairly high up on my Place To Travel Before I Die list. I’d love to stroll around Athens, the country’s capital, and feast on things like moussaka, spanakopita and, of course, ouzo, Greece’s iconic drink.
We’re flying out tomorrow morning, spending roughly 24 hours in transit, before arriving in the country of 11 million people.
I’ve got no plans, no itinerary, I’m not even packed yet. It’s just a week in Greece with a jaunt to Crete, before heading home. (The rest of the girls will be staying longer.)
While I’m excited to see this country, rooted in so much history and lore, I’m even more interested to see how this trip will all work out.
For starters, I’m not planning it. Not that I’m OCD about planning — ask Melissa Chang about that! — but I do like to have a small say in where I’m going (or, at the very least, what I’ll be eating). But it’s not up to me — and I’m cool with that.
And secondly, I have never traveled with this bunch before. As the birthday girl referred to it today, “It’s my Random Friend Trip.” Truly is. So that should be interesting as well.
The truth is, it didn’t matter where we were going — Greece, Molokai, my backyard — as long as I was going to hang out with my turning-40 friend. We can eat souvlaki anytime.
So if you’ve got suggestions on places to visit, things to eat, post ’em here. I think the only things we’re definitely doing are eating Greek food and lounging at the beach. In 70-degree weather. Wish us luck!
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