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Dirt whipped the halcyon air into a frenzied ascension. Noon. A couple of Thursdays ago. The coastline of Paros seen through speeding in a yellow ATV in static glimpses. The face of a thousand suns casted rays over the Aegean Sea right before I hit the caterwauling whirlwind.
All of us from school–the magnificent whatever–because I was too dazed from the stifling heat to perform a headcount. We were trying to find some patch of blue Earth, where the trendy tourist scene was nil to the sight, unblemished from human deterioration.
“It is good to have an end to journey toward;
The past week was a great wrap up for my summer in Paros. I spent time sketching and painting in the studio. I ate and wrote at cafes. I said goodbye to many new friends - people living in Paros. Store, restaurant, and surf shop owners. Some have lived on Paros forever, and others were drawn to the island with such an impregnable lure that they never left. I played with puppies, banana biked in crazy waves, drank coffee from Secret Cafe, ate a crepe from Hot Spot and had gelato from Vanilla.
Ming and I said farewell to the island by running to a rocky shore opposite the town at sunset to see all of Paroikia glow as the light left the sky.
I have been in Greece for two whole months now. Where did my summer go? I swear that I just walked off of the ferry and was unloading all of my things at Jimmys yesterday. This summer has absolutely, positively flown by faster then I ever could have imagined. I feel so comfortable and so at home here, that thinking about packing up and leaving this place makes me so sad. Whether it be Ios, Santorini, Paros, Naxos, Delos, Mykonos, Athens, or Anti-paros, I know that alittle piece of my heart was left at each of the islands.People ask me all the time what island was the best or what my favorite part of the trip was.
There is no answer.
But what I can tell you, is that each island has its own vibe, its own history, and its own type of people.
It's hard to know what day it is here on Paros. The ocean seems to go on for days. Tourists fill the streets at all hours of the day, especially at night. Ferries come in at varied intervals throughout the day, unleashing more travelers who wish to witness the Aegean in all its cerulean glory.
With only a few days left, my mind continually drifts back to the three-day trip we had in Santorini. Getting off the ferry, I first noticed the cavernous mountains and sloped roads with a spectacular view had me all a rush. It seemed that wherever you went in Santorini, there was a breathtaking view at all angles and more shopping that anyone could ever dream of. Atlantis Books in Santorini was particularly impressive, which had first editions of many books including J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye," Sylvia Plath's "Ariel" and Truman Capote's "Breakfast At Tiffany's."
But what I remember most about Santorini was the sunset in Oia, which was the best sunset I've personally experienced. The backdrop of the sun fading against the town of Oia, as a horde of people gazed up into the amber sky, was a still spectacle. Though, I wish I had more time in Santorini, the chance to witness that sunset was worth every moment in time.