It’s All Greek to Me

A great trip with some amazing people. A few friends and I traveled to Mykonos and Athens, Greece for a long weekend.

In Mykonos, we were able to see Little Venice, the Windmills, and the Armenistis Lighthouse. We rented a few ATVs and drove around the Island all day sightseeing and shopping in Mykonos Town. We stayed in a stunning villa called Villa Thelgo that is pictured below. The beautiful white houses with blue doors covered the island making it look like a scene out of a movie. We had such an amazing time.

After Mykonos, we flew to Athens where we stayed in a hostel, perfectly located in the center of the city, called Pella-Inn. There, we took an electric bike tour that showed us most of the ancient sites including the Acropolis, Parthenon, Syntagma Square, Erechtheion, Kolonaki, and many more places. During the next day, we walked around the markets and visited the National Archeological Museum. At night we went to a rooftop bar called A for Athens with a stunning view of the Acropolis.

I had such an amazing time and am absolutely going back to both of these places the next chance I get!

Thanks for reading!! xoxo

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The Girls are Back in Town

Studying in Cyprus has been an amazing experience so far and this weekend I was lucky enough to share some of it with my family.

My grandmother, aunt, and two cousins came to visit this past weekend, girls trip!  During their stay, we did A LOT of eating and traveling around Cyprus, including three delicious, and filling, Meze’s. We saw many different places in a short amount of time, including Troodos Mountains, Nicosia and Larnaca. Each of these places brought even more stories and good experiences to our time together.  I have made a list, with the help of my blogger cousin Shir Ibgui (NOTURAVG), of all the places we were able to visit.  If you ever come to Cyprus, I recommend that you do every single one of these things on the list!

Hotels:

  • Nicosia: Castelli Hotel
    • Amazing service, great location, and fantastic complimentary breakfast!
  • Larnaca: Qbic City Hotel
    • PERFECT LOCATION (beach and city), fabulous service, and everything is brand new and very high-tech.

Food/Drinks:

  • Il Forno, located in Nicosia’s Old City. Great Italian food.
  • Kathodon: Greek traditional food. Great Meze!
  • Aiya Anna Taverna: Such a fun place! Live music, dancers, napkins falling from the ceilings… what else could you ask for?
  • En Lefko: Yet another Meze night, definitely one of the best. Fabulous and fresh fish with great service.
  • TheGym: incredible cocktails

Things to do/ Places to Visit:

  • Wine tasting
  • Omodos Village
  • Old City Nicosia, North and South side
  • Olive Oil Factory
  • Millomeri Waterfalls
  • City Center Larnaca
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Anyone Need a Photographer?

If you do, then you’re in luck!

This semester at the University of Nicosia I have been taking a photography class, so i guess you could say I’m pretty much a professional. I’m just kidding, but I do really love the class. Here are a couple of my favorite pictures I took from this weeks lesson on portraits. Thank you to my stunning model (queen) Alice Olom!!

 

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(The second photo was taken after being told she was beautiful)

5 Simple, Healthy, and Quick Dinner Ideas

While studying abroad, it’s a hard transition to go from having mom and dad cooking all of your meals, to actually cooking things on your own, YIKES. Thankfully we have the internet! I have found so many tasty dinner recipes on a few different websites that I would love to share with you all! If done correctly, you are sure to impress your roommates!

  1. Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon
  2. Asparagus Stuffed Chicken Breast
  3. The Best Classic Tomato Lasagna
  4. Pollo Fajitas 
  5. This is my own easy meal:
    • Ingredients:
      • Chicken breast
      • Paprika
      • Garlic Powder
      • Basil
      • salt and pepper
      • Olive oil
    • Begin by cutting the chick breast in slices- 1 inch apart
    • Mix the paprika, garlic powder, basil, salt and pepper together
    • rub the chicken slices with the dry mix
    • Use a skillet and heat up the olive oil, enough to fry the chicken
    • Add the chicken to the skillet and watch until each side is cooked through. Look to see if the chicken is cooked halfway through, then flip and let cook until the chicken is fully cooked.
    • Try not to overcook the chicken so that it does not get too dry.
    • Once done set aside. Pair the chicken with whatever you like. I typically pair it with a garden salad and maybe some pasta.

Thank you for visiting! xoxo

 

Getting Sick While Abroad…

Getting sick away from the comforts of home is never easy, but with these tips, hopefully it will make it a little more bearable.

1. Tell your friends!

  • I am a horrible sick person- I am needy, pouty, and irritable. Thats why I have such an appreciation for my roommate, Carly. When I got sick while here in Cyprus, Carly was my go-to-girl. She took care me to the best of her ability: she made me food, took me to the doctors, and made sure I was as comfortable as I could be.
  • Let your friends help you.

2. Don’t be afraid to ask the program coordinators for assistance.

  • They are there to help you. I was pretty hesitant to ask the Global Semesters advisors for help at first because I was attempting to be an independent adult. Unfortunately, that backfired when people here took advantage of the fact that I was a foreigner. They either, did not take me seriously or they did not understand what I was asking/saying. I ended up wasting plenty of time trying to communicate with the nurses when I should’ve gone straight to my advisors for help.

3. Sleep!!!!

  • Seriously. I know that you might feel like you are missing out on a saturday night with your friends, trust me I did, but it’s okay. Sleep as much as you can while you are sick so that you can get better quicker and go out and actually enjoy the rest of your trip.

 

I hope these few tips help!

xoxo,

Noa

Education in Cyprus vs. in America

I am now on my 3rd week of classes at the University of Nicosia and things are going well! I am taking 4 classes including: Photography, Psychology, Modern Cypriot History, and Marketing. I scheduled each of these classes so that they not only fulfilled my core curriculum and major credits, but also so that they would be on scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. This gives me plenty of time to travel during those long weekends when I don’t have classes.

So far, I have noticed a few differences with the schooling here compared to it in America. First, students often arrive very late to classes.  The teachers tend to start teaching well past the scheduled class.  At Susquehanna, it would be considered rude to arrive late and if you did the teachers aren’t as understanding as they are here.

Second, I noticed a difference in the teaching styles of the professors. For example, in my Marketing class at Susquehanna (SU), we often had group projects and other exercises during class or for homework. At the University of Nicosia, they rarely give out group work at all.

Third would be the schedule of classes throughout the week. Each of my classes here go for 3 hours long once a week, while at SU the classes are typically shorter and occur multiple days a week.

And finally, the dress code is quite different here at University of Nicosia than it is at SU. I noticed that people dress up more for class than they do at SU. It would be unacceptable to wear workout clothes (which is usually my go to) or sweatpants to class. This is definitely something I had to get used to.

Although there are many other differences, I feel lucky that I can experience a new way of learning from an entirely different culture. I look forward to furthering my education here for the rest of the semester.

Thanks for visiting my page!! 🙂

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Your Girl Takes on Ayia Napa

If you all are wondering what I’m going to be doing for the next few weekends, I will be at the stunning beach of Ayia Napa. This area has beautiful beaches, fun activities, and lively nightlife.  This is where I spent this past weekend and when I say the water in the sea looked Photoshoped… omg. Just look at these pictures. Need I say more?!

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Amazing.

But okay, I’ll say a little more. While I was there, I stayed at the Electra Resort.   Around 39 other students and I, from the Global Semesters program, took a day cruise on the Nemo Submarine where we sailed past the stunning Monk Sea Caves, Nissi beach, and a few other popular spots in Ayia Napa. The cruise took a total of 2 hours and included a diving show, a DJ, and a high diving platform that after A LOT of convincing, from which I actually built up the nerve to jump off.  It was all around a great time!

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At night, we went to a few clubs, my favorite of which was the Pirates Bar. They had a fantastic DJ and fun activities that got everyone involved.  It was also fairly close to the resort we were staying at so getting there and back was an easy trip.

I look forward to going there again within the next few weeks! Thanks again for visiting my page 🙂

Till next time…

One Weekend Down, 12 More to Go…

People say first impressions are everything.

My first impression of Cyprus:

  • Its really, really hot
  • I need to learn more Greek words
  • I already know this is going to be an amazing trip

My roommate Carly and I are living in the Rafis apartments that the program has provided for us for the semester. While the “flat” is very spacious and beautiful, we did face a few small problems… ANTS. I am sad to say that we do have an abundance of unwanted company.  What looks like to be at least 1000 small insects, to be exact. But, to solve that we have gotten an exterminator to come in on Monday.  Another tiny detail would be the water pressure… because we have none. We are also going to be solving that in the near future with the plumber. (Hopefully.) Despite these downfalls, there are so many positives, I just can’t name them all. Our program guides are so helpful with any obstacles we may face. They are quick to respond and are genuine in their want to help us to make this experience as amazing as possible.

Aside from what happened in our apartment, we have been very active in spending our time here wisely.  Within the first few of days of being at the University of Nicosia with Global Semesters we had a history lesson, cooking class, and a tour of the school. We then went to the Larnaka beach for a fun day in the sun and had a Meze in the evening. The next day was filled with a tour of the Old City, as well as, a short walk through the Turkish side in North Nicosia.  I have already made so many amazing friends that I can enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime journey with.

I am going to be starting my classes on Tuesday, so please visit my page with an update as to how those went!

Efcharisto (Thank you) 🙂

P.S. Check out the latest pictures added to my gallery and a full video of all the photos on my youtube channel attached here!

The Queen of OverPacking

As I am the queen of over packing, this was one of the biggest challenges I faced before my trip. How in the world am I supposed to fit half a school years worth of clothing in one bag? After many failed attempts, I finally got my luggage to be the exact weight of 49.5 lbs with a limit of 50 lbs a bag.  In this post, I will attach a copy of my improved packing list that I hope you find helpful!   >>>>>> packing list

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And the Count Down Begins…

In just 10 days, I will be traveling to the beautiful country of Cyprus to attend the University of Nicosia.

In 10 days, I will be in a country where I can only confidently say 3 phrases in their native language, Greek, including Thank you: Efkharito, Sorry: Signomi, and Do you speak english?: Milas Anlika? 

In 10 days, I will be flying on my own and living independently on a stunning island in the Mediterranean surrounded by breathtaking beaches.

In 10 days, I’m going to have to learn how to cook more than just cereal for myself.

In only 10 days, I will be 5,453 miles away from my family and friends.

These are just a few thoughts that have been running through my mind.  I am eager to begin my journey, despite the various concerns that I may have.  My parents have always taught me to be brave, responsible, and to grab opportunities as they come. They have taught me to be tolerant of differences and instead of judging, welcome them into my life.

When traveling to a new place, you can never be 100% sure of what to expect, but you should be prepared to arrive with an open mind and adventurous heart. In 10 days, I can look forward to being absorbed into the culture of Nicosia where I will be living for the next 3 months.  I can’t wait!!