1. Since the program I am going to does not include dinner, my goal is to become a "mini-master" of Greek cooking. I will hopefully be able to make numerous dishes upon my return. I hope to recreate my dishes for loved ones when I get back (and hopefully they will enjoy it).
2. Learn the language. I am taking Greek 101, and I hope by the end of the semester I can go to a local market for that night's dinner and be able to have all my conversations in Greek.
3. Travel, travel, travel. I very much hope I make it to Santorini and Mykonos early on since the islands apparently "close down" when not in season. I also greatly hope I make it to Istanbul and Cairo during a longer break.
**will post more goals as they materialize
For those of you who don't know, I am the only Duke student going on my program and therefore I know nobody. I think this will only make my abroad experience even that more exciting.
I learned yesterday that the outskirts of Athens is on fire, however it has not reached the heart of Athens and it appears it is not going to.
I am going to blog my experience this semester to the best of my ability. In addition, I will share recipes I learn while abroad so maybe those at home will be inspired to also try some Greek cuisine.
More importantly, I have no true expectations for this semester. I am simply going in looking for nothing in particular but the experience itself.
Countdown till Greece: 6 days