First impressions of living in Crete

Finally, I can jot down some first impressions I have from living and working in Crete. I have been busy settling in and getting started with my new job. A month has already passed since I moved here and this has created a certain image of the local life. In general, I am very satisfied and completely in love with the island. Nevertheless, when you live in a foreign country there are always some things that are different and take some time to get used to. Sun and the surroundings I am most happy to be working and living in a country where the sun shines constantly. I can see the sea and the mountains from both, my office and from my house. It gives me such joy to be in an environment like this, especially when it is still snowing in my home country. If I please I can go for a swim in the sea every day. The city where I live, Rethymnon, is absolutely lovely. Particularly the old town. I love all the tiny streets and the atmosphere. And did I already mention the sea and the mountains? Ahh… Some days I am […]

Visiting Palm Beach Preveli

And here we go, new adventures! It has been less than a week and I am already in love with Crete. So much positive and the surroundings are awesome. I can see the beach from my house as well as a mountain with a snowy peak. Can it be more perfect? The first days I have spent getting settled in. This means getting papers fixed for my new job, meeting the crew, getting things for my new apartment and so on. We also started training for the job. Namely, I will be selling excursions for a travel agency. Once the job officially starts I will be quite busy and won’t have much time to discover the island.  Thus, when I found out that we have a day off from our training week, I impulsively decided to rent a car. I recently got my license, relearned how to drive a car in a month to complete my drivings license. I had not driven a car for five years. During the few months I spent back home, I had only had the chance to drive with my driving teacher or with my dad and his big jeep. So […]

Crete

So where was I? Oh yes, our rest of the holiday in Crete. During our week of holiday, we were unfortunate to have two days of rain and clouds. We made already all the plans during our first evening of arrival without knowing that the weather will change, but luckily our plans matched the weather. We rented a car for one of those rainy days. Fortunately, we did not plan a beach day for that day. So we went to drive to the other side of the big island to see the capital, Chania, to see another Venetian-style city Rethymno and also to see a little lake where turtles swim. Our first stop was at the lake and even though it was raining it was stunning. The lake was laying just under the mountains. We rented a paddle boat to go across the lake and spot some turtles. There were also many birds, some tiny but scary snakes and big orange fish in the lake. And of course, one ass who threw his cigarette into the beautiful water… For f’s sake please don’t destroy the nature!     Next stop was Chania. By that time the […]

Santorini, Greece.

“You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.” Helloooo! Meanwhile, in Amsterdam, my non-student life has become far more expensive. The Netherlands funds students greatly and supports education. As a student, you have free transportation and get free money every month from the government if you are an EU citizen. If not, they have some other supports. Now i am motivated to exercise more and i am trying to bike ten km to work and another ten back every time to save over 5 euros from public transportation. If only the weather in Amsterdam would be great I could bike every day. Unfortunately, most of the days I am defeated by the heavy rain and powerful wind. After my graduation, my mother made me a great graduation gift to go to Greece for a vacation. We visited the biggest island of Greece- Crete. Crete is wonderful! The first day we, of course, sunbathed, even though it was a little cloudy. For the next day, we already booked a tour to another island, Santorini. This is the famous beautiful island where blue and […]