Being in Greece

Right now Kevin and I are in the middle of a four week tour across the globe: Seattle, WA; Thessaloniki, Greece; Melbourne, Australia; and Barcelona, Spain. On one hand, I’ll be the first to tell you I know how lucky Kevin and I are to get to travel to all these fabulous places. On the other hand, think about how much time I must spend in the air to get from place to place. Pull out a map quickly and just take a look at the distance……..I’ll wait……..yeah, silly, right? I thought so too, but I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to go to a new country and hang out on the beach!!

Ok, so to the point of this post. I knew when I left Pittsburgh two weekends ago I’d need to pack for winter (Seattle and Melbourne) and summer (Greece and Spain) so I brought some skirts and some rompers and then things to layer under them. So far it’s worked out just fine. That being said, it completely escaped me that I would need sunblock, a hat or bug spray, or anything else beach related. I was in H&M while in Seattle and I remember seeing the wide-brimmed sun hats and I thought to myself “Goodness, how silly! Who on earth would buy such a hat? I mean, really. Look at the weather, it’s all cold and rainy.” So unfortunately, I missed my opportunity to buy a US$10 hat and instead got to buy one here for 20 euros (about U$30). Great. To top it off, sunblock was another 15 euros. *feigned smile

Arrr!! I think people should pay for their stupidity and clearly that is what’s happening here. That being said, my skin is totally work 35 euros. Now, bug spray on the other….well, I decided to skip on that much to my skins’ dismay. The mosquitos come out at dusk and of course, that’s the best time to rehearse; it’s not too hot, not too cold, nice breeze, and the dance floors are available. Hehe, sound like Herrang anyone?

So enough griping; life is freaking amazing here. I’ve been waking up most mornings between 8-8:30 to the sun shimmering on the water. And it’s quiet. Oh, so lovely. I’ll post pictures once I’m not paying for internet by the Mb. Classes have been going well and surprisingly, the music has been outstanding. The DJs on Thursday night played one of the best set lists I’ve heard all year (more on who that was later). Otherwise, this is one of the first place I’ve taught at that is supposed to be a holiday + work that actually feels like a holiday!!

Be fabulous and enjoy your week!!!

xoxo

Jo

Oh, and btw, there have been lots of “It’s all Greek to me” jokes being thrown around. 😀

QLL – cruises are awesome

Why did I not know this before this week? To be honest, I was thinking this cruise gig was going to be a total bust, but low and behold, within an hour of being on the ship (we hadn’t even left port yet), I was sold. I am a believer!

Now, I am sure that cruising isn’t for everyone, but it is for me. Relatively they aren’t all that expensive. For the price of a hotel room for 6 nights, you can take a 7 day cruise, get fed until you have to be rolled back to your room, order room service, go on water slides, watch movies on the big screen, escape the winter weather (depending on where you’re going), play splashy-splashy in the middle of January, play games (i.e. putt-putt golf, bingo, cards, shuffle board, trivia challenges, etc.) watch dance shows, and more! My favorite things: being completely surrounded by ocean and nothing else, a great gym (which is surprisingly empty), an awesome spa, and a killer shower in the room.

Life lesson: cruises are a blast, and they might be for you. If you decide to go on one, bring someone you’ d like to spend time with, sunscreen, outfits for theme nights, and a carefree attitude. Oh yeah, and if you need to do internet, just suck it up and buy the biggest package, chances are you’ll need it. Yes it’s expensive, but it beats being out of communication when can need to connect.