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Monday, April 16, 2012

Spring Break in Corfu, Greece

by Luke Suder

Hey guys, Luke here! So it is the week after spring break and I have so much to tell you all! First of all, finals are right around the corner, and I have been quite busy with schoolwork this weekend, and probably will continue to be until school ends in two weeks. On that note, this blog will probably be a shorter one, as I have mounds of homework and reading sitting next to me waiting to be done.
Corfu Cruise
 As you probably already discerned from the title, my friends and I went to Corfu, Greece for spring break! We chose this location for many reasons, the main (for me at least) was that I didn’t want a spring break filled of travelling and potentially stress, because I knew I was coming back to start finals and they are stressful enough. Some of the people I know went to five different countries in the nine days we had off, and for me that wasn’t appealing due to the time spend in airports, and lack of time spent in each city. So that left us with the idea that we could go somewhere relatively tropical for break and relax on a beach. Through word of mouth from previous study abroad kids, we learned of a very nice hotel/hostel hybrid in Corfu. Corfu is a small island off the western coast of the borders of Greece and Albania. While it is a small town, it still had its fair share of cool monuments that we didn’t hesitate to explore (for only a few hours – again, we didn’t really want to be tourists this trip).

Sunset in Corfu
The town was beautiful, and we learned about the cuisine of the local culture, including a drink called “ouzo”. Ouzo is the traditional Greek delicacy that was originally created by a group of monks on Mount Athos in the 14th century. It is an anise flavored (black licorice taste) spirit - wasn’t my favorite. Another traditional Greek fare I tried was gyros. While I have eaten gyros hundreds of times in the States, it was awesome to experience “real” gyros in Greece. For those of you who don’t know what it is, the ingredients are: ground lamb, onions, lettuce, yogurt sauce, and onions wrapped up in a pita. They were awesome and incredibly cheap, so it was a win-win for me!

We went on a scenic cruise, and almost got to go ATVing but were unable to do so due to some unfortunate weather conditions. Without a doubt it was one of the most memorable spring breaks of my life, and would highly recommend visiting the Pink Palace (the name of the hotel) on your spring break!

PS – A tip: Book the trip yourself, don’t go through any companies.

Take care,


GSE Spring 2012 - Barcelona, Spain
Autonomous University of Barcelona

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