It’s see you later. Yes, this may come across as cheesy, but I assure you it’s not.
I’ve missed the U.S. so much that words can’t describe how happy I am to be back in my daily routines. Having stores open at normal times, phone reception, breakfast foods, and many other things have me thrilled to be back.
While I bask in the sunlight to work on my tan so I no longer look like mozzarella (credit to Asia for the nickname), I remember the amazing laughs and frustrating struggles that took place over the five weeks in Greece. I mean after all, the water was shut off one of the mornings that disallowed me to wash off the stench of cheap liquor, second-hand smoke and sweat from the pervious night. But, as I infamously said so many times on the trip: it builds character.
This post isn’t about a complaint though, this is about a reflection. Wow I will miss Greece. What a beautiful country that every human being should visit in their lifetime, even if it’s only for a few days. The people were nothing but kind, friendly, caring and helpful to me during my time there, and for that, I thank them. I grew so close to the people at ACT, it hurts to know it’ll be a very long time before I see them.
Maria, Daphne, Kristina and Yvonne were nothing less than special. Each were incredible human beings in their own ways, and I will miss them so much — I promise I will visit one day.
Theo and Nikolas were my pals. I talked to them the same way I talk to my best friends in a bar atmosphere, sharing endless inappropriate laughs that are too dirty to blog about. To the both of you: thank you so much for your help. I will definitely visit one day to attend a couple of Aris games with you guys — hopefully against Paok. Theo, you’re my main man. I’ve never had a brother, but these past five weeks have given me an idea of what it would be like (awesome). Thank you so much for helping me with my stories — I couldn’t have done it without you. I feel like I’m parting ways with an older brother. I hate this. Please visit, man. I will try my best to get money aside to do the same. This isn’t goodbye, it’s see you later.
To everyone on this trip: thank you for being amazing people. I love to laugh, and each of you made me do so in a different way which is pretty impressive. I would love nothing more than to be friends when we get back to campus in the fall. For those of you who won’t be there, please keep in touch and let me know when you’re in town. Each of you are all incredibly talented people, and I have no doubt that I’ll be seeing your work for mainstream publications one day.
Thank you for not murdering me for coming back to the room at 3 a.m. every morning, leaving my clothes every where, almost losing my credit card and making a mess in the bathroom every morning (stupid shower system). Thank you for hearing me out on any issue I felt the need to express — it definitely helps having a voice of reason who has been to other dialogues. We were close friends coming into the dialogue, and I feel like we’re even closer leaving it. I’ll always have your back. Thanks for being my first friend at Northeastern. Suh, dude!
Thank you for being my right-hand woman. My goodness, I was a mess a few times during the dialogue. I would irrationally turn into a ball of panic (especially during Heinz’s story), and you proceeded to stay calm and talk me off the ledge. We had some amazing laughs that left us both gasping for air, and I will never forget how red you got a few times from almost crying with laughter. I told you a few weeks back — you are a sister to me. Wow, have we gotten so close in only a year’s time. I’m always here for some dude advice, as you are always there for me with chicks. It’s so funny how you talk me off the ledge of panic, while I talk you off the ledge of occasional insecurity — quite the duo. Can’t wait to see you and Cody back in Boston, just like old times. “They don’t know, but we know.”
What an amazing friend you are. I’m so happy I met you, and very thankful of how caring you were to me. Your anti-bugbite stick saved me…I think I counted 27 by the time we arrived in Athens. Much like Cody, you were also a very calming voice of reason who always kept things in a positive perspective. I had no idea who you were coming into the dialogue, and was pleasantly surprised how alike we are. I love how you and I both have the same mentality of fearlessness. “Oh they’re bigger than I am? This will be really embarrassing for them then.” I admire a lot about you, and want to remind you that you’re stronger than you give yourself credit for. I know you’ve been through a lot, but you’ve arrived at a place of happiness — and I am very happy for you. Never change who you are, just keep fighting on. Can’t wait to see you in Boston. Let’s get sushi ASAP! Black rice for life!
“I’m voting for Bernie Sanders too, this doesn’t mean you can just smoke hops at a brewery.” Only a select few know this small quote from a larger inside joke, but Danny and I beat this entire skit to death over five weeks. It became one of many inside jokes, to the point where Bradley said “I feel like I wouldn’t be able to hang out with you guys, because everything you say is an inside joke.” You would be correct with that statement, my friend. Danny and I started off as two guys who have never met before, but quickly turned into close friends by the third week of the dialogue. By the fifth week, people were tired of our frat-like bromance. In fact, people began calling our burner phones to ask where the other was. I can’t wait to get trashed and go to sporting events with you — what a scary duo that will be in Boston. Thanks for being my video expert, and also helping me gain experience in reporting. I know our nightlife adventures didn’t quite live up to the hype we originally expected, but time simply ran out. We have plenty of nights in Boston to make up for it. See you back in Boston, bro. “Shoot me a ‘T’ about the ‘P’.”
Cat’s out of the bag by now I suppose, haha. We really hit it off since day-one, and meeting someone on this trip was the LAST thing I expected. Thank you for being such a special person. I guess two Italian-Gemini’s should not be so surprised they hit it off, but it’s crazy how compatible we are — always on the same wavelength. Thanks for taking care of me when I was sick. Thanks for keeping me honest when I needed it. Thanks for being the way you are. I could go on, but I think everyone gets the point. Have fun in Rome, and I’ll see you in two months when you get back to Boston!
Carlene said “When you get back, you’re going to sit there and not believe that it’s already over.” Well, this is my moment. I’m honestly saddened at the fact that I won’t see many of you for a long time, and that the dialogue is already over. I’ll miss all of you, but this isn’t goodbye. I’m sure we will definitely have a reunion in the fall. Don’t be strangers! See you guys later!