In the late Bronze Age the Minoans did not have the technology to monitor the caldera but evidence shows they left before the Minoan eruption of 1613 BC. As a class we visited the ancient Minoan city Akrotiri which is sometimes called the Greek Pompeii. The city has been preserved by the ash fall from the Minoan eruption there is clear evidence the Minoans left before the eruption. I want to know what caused them to leave and did they know that a major eruption was going to occur? Today scientists can monitor the volcanic activity of Nea Kameni but they can’t predict when a volcano will erupt or know if they should call for an evacuation.
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Food has always been a source of happiness and comfort for me and it’s a main component of why I want to travel. Since arriving at the port of Athinos in Santorini I have had so much delicious food. I’ve eaten everything from street food gyros, to tomato basil seafood risotto, to traditional moussaka. After experiencing all the amazing food Santorini has to offer, I asked myself why the does the food here taste so much better than back home? Then I remembered I was standing on a volcano.
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Doors lead to new adventures and the choice in door determines the outcome of the opportunity presented. This is my journey through doors discovering new, exciting, and sometimes scary experiences.
When given the opportunity to travel to a different land this wood painted door appeared. I choose to go through the door choosing to come on this trip and travel across the world to a new and exciting place, allowing myself to embrace new and different experiences.
I love to try new foods so when the chance came up to eat amazing Greek food I took it. This light blue door arose and I opened it which lead to a kitchen and was given the opportunity to fill my stomach with decadent sustenance. I got to try authentic gyros with life changing pita bread and refreshing frappes with an intense caffeine buzz.
Traveling to a different country brings the exciting moment of paying in a foreign currency. Walking through the elaborate gates of a bank that appeared to me, I choose to spend money on this trip indulging in a few splurges like clothes or food and not think about money constantly.
When traveling to a different place everyone is presented with a choice, blend in with the locals or stand out like a tourist. This door that showed up has an Asian influence and does not blend in with the rest of the Athenian architecture, it sticks out like a sore thumb. I choose not to open this door because I wish to blend in with the locals embracing their culture.
I’ve grown up my whole life drinking water that came from a mountain but when visiting another country I was presented with the chance to drink water from a different source. I stumbled upon this gateway built into the rocks which lead to a cave with a fountain spring in it. I choose to go through this door and drink water that didn’t come from the San Gabriel mountains, experiencing something new.
Everyone practices religion differently and one of the amazing opportunities that comes along with traveling is getting to observe how local people pay homage to their religion. Choosing to go through the Parthenon doors (a temple for the goddess Athena) I am allowing myself to watch and possibly experience how Greek people worship past and present.
This wood door painted in Santorini blue attached to a white plastered house right on Cale Plaka Beach appeared to me representing the chance to discover a completely different view from anything I’ve seen before. I choose to go through the door and witness the pure beauty of Santorini and the Aegean Sea instead of staying indoors all summer on my computer.
Santorini is an island with beaches so there is the opportunity to swim in a different ocean but also feel exposed in a bathing suit. I wanted to swim in water that wasn’t the Pacific Ocean so I choose to open the blue door surrounded by a red frame overlooking the Aegean Sea not caring about having a perfect “summer body” and allowing myself to feel vulnerable so I can eventually feel confident.
Staying in a foreign country for so long brings an abundance of opportunities. This door which leads to my room will be my entrance to Santorini and I’ll be walking through it everyday I’m here. Each entrance and exit will bring a new encounter on this incredible Greek adventure.