This blog is dedicated to getting us to Thessaloniki, Greece for the summer of 2013, This will not be possible without donations, so please click the "Donate" button on the right to make even the smallest contribution if you are able. We appreciate your love and support!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Info About Our Program

Helloooo! This is Allison. I thought I should tell you more about our study abroad program, Globalinks. Also, Ashley and I have planned our own traveling once we get there so I will show you some pictures of the amazing places we want to see! I'm a little bit of a planning geek (I enjoy budgeting and planning down to the last detail, so I think that makes me a weirdo). At least I know that I'll be going into the right profession after graduation! Anyway....about the program. ;)
This is a 5-week program lasting from mid-June to mid-July. The college we will be attending is an American college, but we would have classes with people from all over. We are able to take one or two summer courses that will transfer to our majors and we also have the chance to take an open sea sailing class (I'm all over that!). We would be staying in apartments near the campus and my program coordinator informed me that Ashley and I would most likely be able to room together, so that's pretty exciting! 
The name of the city is Thessaloniki and it is located in the northern part of the mainland. Mount Olympus can be seen from the entire city! I might just have to go say hi to my good ole' friend Zeus. Here's a picture of the view of Mt. Olympus and a cool monument in Thessaloniki.

An obvious place that we will be traveling to is Athens! We plan on taking a very long and very scenic train ride here from Thessaloniki. The Acropolis is the main thing to see there and I am so excited for it! I can just imagine all of the infamous Greek philosophers walking along the same roads that I will be walking on. Ahhh! I just can't wait. Here's a pic of the amazing Acropolis:

Next, Ashley and I have to see the beautiful island of Santorini. This is the place that you see the most pictures of: a blue sea with white buildings. Our plan for going to this island is mostly to relax and enjoy the beach and churches. There are no planes that fly to Santorini, so we will have to take a 5-10 hour ferry ride from Athens. Talk about stepping out of your comfort zone! Bring on the sun burn. Here is a picture of Santorini:

Our last stop is to none other than the island where Mamma Mia was filmed! Skopelos island. Once again, this will be a relaxing trip and we will visit many of the island's beautiful chapels. My plan is to go to the chapel in Mamma Mia and run up the steps with a red scarf singing "The Winner Takes it All" like Meryl Streep (see video). We can also take some kite surfing lessons here! Here's a picture of the famous chapel. There are steps going all the way up to the tiny chapel at the top. Maybe this calls for a donkey ride...
Here's the fantastic video of my plan. Start the video at 3:40 for all of the magic to happen.
Just ignore the Spanish subtitles. Hehe.

Another place that would be great to go to is Meteora. This is where hermits would go hide in their monasteries where other people couldn't find them. We will try to fit this place into our trip!
Once again, we will not be able to afford this without your help! Our minimum wage jobs only pay for a small amount :P Click the donate button to the right. ANY amount will help us. Even $5 could buy us a lunch of a yummy gyro :)
Give what you are able to. If you aren't able to, no worries! Just send your support, love, and prayers our way to help us find a way to go on this trip.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Welcome to our new blog! For those of you who do not know us, we are Allison and Ashley. We're sisters who will both be attending Colorado State University in the Fall and we are planning an amazing trip to Greece in the Summer of 2013. We have exactly one year to raise thousands of dollars for this study abroad program and that's where we need your help! If you would like to help us to see an amazing country, just click the "Donate" button on the right. ANYTHING will help: whether it's $5.00 or $500. We need all we can get and we can't get there without you! This is an amazing opportunity and we couldn't be more excited about it. To visit the website of our study abroad program, go here:
We will be posting more information about our trip and how close we are to reaching our budget goal. Thank you all!