Santorini

Santorini could not have been more opposite from Athens. Unlike Greece's urban capital, the island feels like a small village. Also in contrast to Athen's authentic charm, Santorini is a tourist getaway with seemingly few locals.

My stay in Santorini was easily one of the most luxurious portions of the whole semester. Without having booked a hotel in Santorini when starting our spring break, my friends and I found a last-minute Airbnb just a few days before our arrival. We didn't look too closely at the listing, but it was categorized as a cave, and that alone sounded interesting enough. Turns out the cave was more like a round-shaped house overlooking the water, with a sizable porch and huge jacuzzi. If that wasn't nice enough, our host left us plush bathrobes, slippers, and local wine and cake for our first breakfast:)

When we weren't lounging around and enjoying the incredible views, we explored the quiet streets, ate delicious food, and stumbled upon an amazing, world-renowned bookstore called Atlantis Books. The island's beauty, tranquility, and luxury made it all feel like a dream!