This summer I spent time in Greece with the Paideia Institute’s Living Greek in Greece program. Instead of running between classes and juggling ten different assignments at once, I had one task–to grow comfortable with Ancient Greek–and an incredible amount of free time.
In Greece, I only had two hours of “class” a day and a small amount of translation work. The rest of the days were wide open. We were living a few feet from the sea, our bungalows had fruit trees growing all around them, and it was sunny every day. I spent time getting to know my fellow students, who ranged from other undergraduates to graduate students and even high school teachers from around the world. The time sparked amazing creativity–we invented conversational exercises for fun, discussed extra philosophical questions at dinner, and wrote parodies of Greek dialogues. We talked to each other about our academic passions and left plenty of time for long lunches on the beach and nights of swimming among the stars. I didn’t spend as much time in my sketchbook as I expected, but here are two quick drawings from a weekend trip.
The above two sketches–sorry that the photo is blurry!–were drawn on a trip to Delphi and Meteora. I woke up early and walked up to the highest hill reachable by the road in Delphi. I drew this quick sketch in a box because there was too much to see to stop for long. Similarly, the next day in Ioaninna, I woke to see the sunrise across the water with a few friends. We watched the morning fishermen pull in their catch–an excruciating experience, as we saw one large, beautiful fish slowly struggle to its death over the course of almost an hour. Then, a quick walk into town and back to the hotel, and life beat on.