Thessaloniki Living

We have arrived in Greece, more specifically the mouthful of a city Thessaloniki. I had no idea it was such a big city…it’s actually right behind Athens in terms of population. In a lot of ways it reminds me of Barcelona: cafes everywhere, open markets, and pedestrian paths sloping down to the water.

A look down at the water from the center of the city.

On the water, with the “White Tower” on the left.

It definitely has its own Greek twist, though. There are ruins from antiquity sitting smack dab in the middle of the city center. At the top of the hill, there are the remains of an ancient marketplace called the Agora.

Part of the ruins in the middle of the city.

Today we got our first look at the university that we will be spending a good chunk of our time for the next three weeks. I’d say it has, conservatively, one billion times more green space than Northeastern. It’s pretty beautiful.

Campus of the university.

The weather is great, the food has been great (full disclosure I had souvlaki for lunch but my two dinners have been pizza and tacos, whoops) and the people we’ve met have been accommodating and seem to really understand what we’re trying to accomplish here. I’m sure there will be some bumps along the way but so far it’s smooth sailing.

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