Jackie's Adventures in Greece
Everyone keeps telling me to start a travel blog. I don't know if this is what it'll be, and I don't know if anyone is going to read this - but it's nice to have a place to record some of my adventures.
So some things to preface about Greece - I'm fully Greek (my family is from Mytilini and Kalapodi), but I never really grew up with the language or the culture. Over the past couple of years, I have realized (honestly thanks to one of my grad school professors) how important your cultural roots are.
And, honestly, I'm really freaking lucky to be Greek. This is an AMAZING country - so rich with history, culture, nature, and passion. I learn so much about the world whenever I come here, and I truly believe it makes me a better person.
I came here for a month during the summer of 2019 to work for a theater program that was based in Paros - this was my first time coming as an adult, and I was stunned at what I had been missing. Ever since then, I feel like I'm rediscovering who I am through learning more about this culture. It's almost like in Halloweentown when Marney realized that so much of her life made sense once she realized that she was a witch - that's how I feel the more I learn about Greece, and I can't get enough of it.
It's a place for me to learn, heal, explore, and most importantly, be present. It's my place.
(...do I sound like the stereotypical Greek-American or what?)
My love for Greece deepened last summer during 2020 when Greece literally saved my life. This is what my cabaret "The Truth About Greece" is about. If you'd like to learn more about that incredible experience, click here.
This summer, I think my discovery and healing needs are completely different (as they should be). It's good to embrace change. I actually just learned that the symbol of the spiral (which looks a lot like a wave) is specific to Greek culture - symbolizing that the universe is in a constant state of change, and this movement is what keeps life going.
So, universe, guide me wherever I need to go! Teach me what I must learn, bring me what I need, and help me to let go of anything that doesn't serve me!
Read along to follow my adventures of this summer.