Earlier this month, I returned home to Seattle from a vacation with my boyfriend after a week of sailing in the Dodecanese Islands in Greece. It has been a dream of mine for years to do this, and to be honest, it seemed like such a far fetched idea for me to ever do so. I am fine traveling to foreign countries and while I know a lot about being out on the water, I do not know very much about boats or sailing. When my boyfriend invited me on this trip with his parents, all of them being avid sailors, I was both elated and incredibly shocked that I was being given this incredibly opportunity. A week…on a sailboat…in the Mediterranean.
We had a great time. I ate a Greek salad every single day. In Tilos, I lounged on a rocky beach and read an entire book cover to cover in 24 hours. One night, I fell asleep in the middle of a crystal clear bay while anchored off of Podamos Beach on Chalki, gently rocking back and forth in the water as the waves slowly rolled under our boat and onto the shore. I rode scooters all over the entire island of Nisyros, holding onto my boyfriend as he quickly learned how to safely maneuver our vehicle around hairpin turns and dodging fallen rocks in the middle of the roads. In Kos I asked my boyfriend to walk through nearly every jewelry shop in the heat of the day until I found the perfect ring to take back with me. We spent hours on the boat talking with each other and I can honestly attest that if you want to get to know a person well, spend a week on a sailboat with them and then you’ll know them, and yourself, well. My boyfriend’s parents were gracious hosts and showed us many places we would have never gone to on our own. And towards the end of our trip, I walked among 4th century BC ruins overlooking the Mediterranean Sea while watching the sunset after hiking 3 miles uphill to the castle. It was incredible.
Please enjoy these photos and if you get the chance, go to Greece.