its been nearly 24 hours since we left Billings, but we have arrived safely in Athens! All travelers are accounted for, and most are healthy. :-) our overnight flight from Minneapolis to Amsterdam left several of our travelers a bit ill because we had to stall above Amsterdam for an extra twenty minutes waiting to be cleared to land.
On Sunday, March 27th, I will be traveling with 2 other chaperons and 17 adventurous and inquisitive high school students on an educational adventure of a lifetime! We will also be traveling with a smaller cohort of 13 travelers from Kaycee and a group of 11 travelers from southern California! Our first stop will be Athens! then on to Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Patras, Pompeii, and Rome! We will visit iconic monuments, wander the streets a bit, and listen to presentations non-stop teaching us details about the culture, history, and geography of Greece & Italy as we travel! We may also eat our weight in gelato. ;-)
While I hope this will be a fun and exciting experience for students, I also hope that they learn a TON about history, culture, and open their minds to new foods, people, places, and experiences as we travel. I have always been (and will always remain) an advocate for travel and developing global competencies, and this is just one more opportunity to bring the world to my students, and ultimately, expand their thinking.
Feel free to check back often with this blog - as students take pictures of what they see, I generally try to take pictures of them to capture the moment as they visit incredible places and experience new things. Nightly as we travel, I will try to update our blog with details about the day with pictures to tell the story!
Alright friends, let's pack our bags and prepare ourselves, it's going to be an amazing time!