Posts Tagged ‘Travel’

Here is a sampling of the 500+ photos I took in Greece while studying abroad this past January. The fantastic landscapes and artwork can be described as nothing other than sublime.  Hope you enjoy!

Hephaestus temple

The weight of the world

From atop the Acropolis

More from atop the Acropolis

Me and the Parthenon

Amphitheater below the Acropolis

Changing of the Gaurd


The sea

The last potter in Aegina How am I going to get this on the plane?

Corinth Taverna

Cape Sounion

Temple of Poseidon

Human Statue

Roman Sculpture


Lions Gate - Mcyenae

Zues, Guardian of Mcyenae




Italian Gelato, Greek Style

Tree in Delphi

Most Sacred Place on Earth


Delphi, Kitty & Michael


Monastaries in the Sky

I hiked up these stairs

Puffy Cat

Athens Centre Courtyard

Athens Center


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It has been too long!

I clearly overestimated the amount of free time I would have available while abroad.  Class time, homework and site visits left no time for blogging.  If you were looking forward to gorgeous pictures from Greece I promise they will be up shortly.  I’m currently uploading and editing.

Hope you’ve had a great January.  Pictures soon!

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Greece – First Observations

I am in baklava and gyro heaven! Greece has been amazing so far. The weather is phenomenal, it was 67 yesterday and there is greenery everywhere.  I am surprised to find orange trees lining every street.  Our hotel is only a few blocks from the Acropolis which is breathtaking to look at, especially illuminated at night. The hospitality here is legendary and for good reason, everyone goes out of their way to be kind, helpful and welcoming.

So far we’ve taken walking tours and have explored the city but tomorrow we’re starting to see the sights, beginning with the most famous, the Parthenon.  Today in class we discussed the Elgin Marbles controversy as preparation for tomorrow’s visit. Here is a poem by John Keats which speaks of their glory and has me excited to see the Parthenon up close in person:

On seeing the Elgin Marbles (1817)

My spirit is too weak; mortality
Weighs heavily on me like unwilling sleep,
And each imagined pinnacle and steep
Of godlike hardship tells me I must die
Like a sick eagle looking at the sky.
Yet ’tis a gentle luxury to weep,
That I have not the cloudy winds to keep
Fresh for the opening of the morning’s eye.
Such dim-conceived glories of the brain
Bring round the heart an indescribable feud;
So do these wonders a most dizzy pain,
That mingles Grecian grandeur with the rude
Wasting of old Time -with a billowy main,
A sun, a shadow of a magnitude.

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Goodbye MN Hello Athens

Happy New Year!

It’s time to say farewell to the Minnesota cold and hello to Mediterranean sunshine.  I’m leaving for the airport in 20 minutes.  Wish me good luck!

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Advice for Visiting Greece

After months of anticipation I’m leaving for Greece on Monday!  I would love any travel advice you have to offer, especially if you’ve visited to Greece.  Any travel recommendations would be greatly appreciated.  I’ll primarily be in Athens but will be spending time in Delphi, Nauplion and Kalambaka as well.

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Beautiful boots

Another fabulous Christmas present. When I attended J-term orientation for Greece and found out I’ll be hiking up hills to monasteries I knew I needed a pair of hardworking boots.

These are practical (serious get-work-done rubber/wood soles) but chic suede at the same time!   Not what you usually think of when it comes to Uggs.  Despite what the critics say, Ugg does produce high quality products and I’m looking forward to putting them to the test while trekking  around Greece.

Check out Zappos for your own pair.

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1. I have a unique point of view which requires more room than twitter can provide.

2. I’m passionate about connecting with the world and blogging provides a great platform for this.

3. I’m constantly learning and what better way to learn than by doing.

4. On a daily basis I am inspired by others’ blogs and want to join in on the fun.

What to expect from this blog:

While my professional ambitions are the primary focus of my life right now, there is more to being a future ad exec than just advertising. I’m going to write about what being Tara Olson is all about. I have many passions including: travel, volunteering, psychology and fashion.

In addition, I’m going to Greece for a month this January and am looking forward to dabbling in travel writing and blogging about my trip.

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