When you first step foot into the excavation of the ancient Minoan town of Akrotiri the world seems to get just a little smaller. To stand in a spot where 4,000 years ago people walked those very streets going about their daily lives is one of the most amazing experiences a person can really have. The town sits now as a ruin covered in pumice and ash left over by the eruption that brought one of the most technologically advanced ancient civilizations to its knees.
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Thousands of people mill around on the beautiful volcanic island of Santorini every day having little knowledge of the amazing geologic history that passes under their feet. The island is ever changing and is constantly forged then reforged by the liquified rocks churning beneath the sea. There are still those that know about the volcanism that has created the island you see today but fewer know of the true volcanic origins for this paradise.
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As the last morning in Athens quickly approached I searched my mind for a possible idea for this undertaking of an assignment. I wanted something special to me that held importance for my time here in Greece therefore I chose to document and photograph our journey from the beautiful city of Athens to the bustling little island of Santorini. The trip held importance to me as this would be my first time traveling on a boat which seemed like such a far off idea just a few days earlier when I had been sitting in the dry desert of Arizona
1st Entry: The journey for the day began with a brisk morning in Athens. As I stared out onto the empty Athens street taking in the city for the last time while the others prepared their belongings for the journey.
2nd Entry: The time quickly passes to the entering of the taxis. As all the bags are packed, it sets in that we will soon be leaving the bustling city for an island paradise on the blue Aegean Sea.
3rd Entry: Upon arriving at the docks, we stood for a short while and watched the plethora of cars and trucks pile onto the ferry. Here we first glimpsed the deep blue water that we would carry us to our destination.
4th Entry: Sitting and looking out towards the city allowed me to take in Athens for the last time, letting me marvel at the size. The journey was just beginning but I already yearned for the sight of Santorini growing larger over the horizon.
5th Entry: Taking a look at the path that we would travel to the island felt distant. The ferry took these trips everyday but for me it was an amazing experience.
6th Entry: The rain fell hard and heavy as we docked for our first stop in Paros seeming gloomy for some but the rain leaves a refreshing feeling. The mountains jutted from the ocean as if pulled up by the hand of Zeus himself. Though I knew that the islands around me had come into being through normal faulting, I couldn’t help but marvel at the distinct beauty of the land.
7th Entry: Though the journey on the deep blue water was beautiful there was still some work to be done. After leaving the rocky island of Paros we began learning about the tectonic setting that makes the Aegean so unique.
8th Entry:The stop at the final port before our destination, Naxos went quickly as the people poured off for their very own vacations on an island paradise. Soon we would make it to our very own paradise.
9th Entry: The island was swept off into the distance and we were on our way to the volcano were we would spend the rest of our month. Excitement began to build though we still had a short while before arrival.
10th Entry: Santorini loomed large ahead of us and my excitement reached its peak. The island looked beautiful surrounded by the navy blue water as the white building stood out against the rocky volcanic terrain.
11th Entry: After settling in on the beautiful island we made a slight journey to look out at the caldera of the massive volcano. The sight took my breath away as the light penetrated the dark gray clouds like a hand of god reaching out for the water. The journey was over but the adventure had just begun.