Just living in a new place can be difficult. However, using previous experience of living abroad, I have seemed to adjust rather well. I lived in Rome for three months last year. That experience started off initially rockier than my experience in Greece. I was nervous this experience would be stressful like my earlier one, but I have not been anxious or stressed at all. I have been dealing with my anxiety through healthier practices since my first trip. In Olynthos, I have certain discomforts from being placed into a foreign country. For example, I find it gently troubling to not know the language. It’s hard to find the confidence to speak as Greek is totally foreign to me. I will continue to try to listen and observe so I can pick up a little bit.
Being in a small Greek village has been different to Rome and even my hometown. Olynthos is a small, unique place. It is surrounded by olive farms. It holds a few restaurants and cafes, a small shop, a single small grocery store, and a couple churches. Every night, we eat in the same taverna, which has really good meals for us. Having been here a while, I can recognize various locals and they can obviously recognize the large group of foreigners. Unfortunately, the only downside to being in a small town is the lack of convenience I am now lazily accustomed to. I like to get coffee at all hours, yet this is a small price to pay for such a beautiful town! I walk everywhere, which is refreshing. I am really enjoying getting to know the locals and the other archeologists on the dig. I would not change lives with someone else for the world. This trip is a life-long desire fulfilled.