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At the very end of my trip I stopped over in Athens for two wonderfully chaotic, hot and sweaty days. By staying in the central area of Omonia I was within easy reach of the Acropolis, National Gardens, Syntagma Square, the neighbourhood of Plaka, the flea market at Monasteraki, some of the best falafel and gelato I've had in a while, and a overall though hectic, friendly crowd of both locals and tourists. One of my best memories of my time there was walking to the top of Lycebettus Hill to watch the sunset over the city and the Aegean Sea - it was utterly stunning. I could not have wished for a more perfect ending to the adventure of a lifetime. 

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Greece isn’t all sunny beaches and island life, as I learnt when I visited the city of Ioannina, visiting its beautiful lake (and the tiny island of jewellery makers the sits in its centre), and the nearby villages of Zagoria, such as Kipi which is pictured here. We explored the old bridges that connected the village to the further mountain paths, which though abandoned now, would have been central to life there before the accessibility of cars and buses.

 

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This week I spent 4 days at Nisi, Raches, exploring the different aspects of what it means to be an EVS volunteer, in the form of a Mid-Term Evaluation seminar. The sessions focused on a variety of topics from reflecting on our individual journeys to becoming EVS volunteers, leaving our families and friends behind in order to start a new life abroad, to possibilities beyond the technical work of our projects through creating personalised side projects, and life after EVS. However it was the unspoken exercise of bringing together individual volunteers, all of whom were isolated in their own project bubble, and opening it up to those that have similar but alternative experiences, in a stunning location, that was truly unforgettable. I am very grateful to the National Agency here in Greece and most importantly to our trainers, who were committed to producing the best experience possible for us all. 

 

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At the end of my project I decided to see more of Greece outside of Thessaloniki and experience more of its varied and diverse culture. This of course meant that I had to visit at least one of its iconic islands.

The first, was the rather innocuous island of Hydra. A convenient 1.5 hr trip from the port of Piraeus, Athens, Hydra revealed itself to be a surprising gem. Despite being littered with tourists, once you step off of the main promenade a sudden hush falls over the streets, to reveal quiet little bakeries and tavernas, where locals enjoy their morning coffee for the full length of the afternoon before crossing the street to order their eveni

 

Next was the island of Ikaria, famous for its blue spot award – an area recognised by the longevity of life of its residents. We were eager to experience such a lifestyle.

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The Arrival of the Baby Birds!

Now that we are fully into spring, the centre has received a number of baby birds, ranging from raptors to the far smaller seed eating birds, and of course the more common grain eating birds such as doves and pigeons.