First stop – Athens

When it was finally time for me to head over to Europe, I took my backpack and my purse to the Seattle airport and boarded a plane to Amsterdam.  I flew Delta and the plane that we were flying had a 2-4-2 configuration which meant that it would be best for me to pick one of the side rows because it meant that I would only need to get by one person to go to the bathroom. On a 10 hour flight, that ability to get up and move around is key for me. Up until my flight, I had been consistently checking the app on my phone to make sure that the seat next to me on the flight would stay empty.  As I got to the airport, my anxiety intensified as I got closer to take off because it was like the best scenario was about to happen and could be taken away from me so quickly. Finally, the doors closed on the aircraft and I officially had two seats to myself!

We took off and I settled in for my 10 hour flight to Amsterdam. I managed to watch a couple movies on the flight and eat all the meals, but otherwise, I tried to spend the rest of the flight sleeping to make sure I could hit the ground running as soon as I got to Greece.  But for whatever reason, I wasn’t able to sleep much even with the extra space in my row.

When I landed in Amsterdam, I made my way to the lounge since I had my priority pass access and grabbed some food to make sure I didn’t need to buy expensive airport food.  When it was time for my flight, I walked over to my gate and got ready for the last leg of my trip to Athens. The flight from Amsterdam to Athens was relatively easy and quite uneventful. I got to the Athens airport and made my way out to the taxi line, grabbed a taxi and went into the city center to my hotel.

My original plan was to land in Athens around 5PM and get enough time to go out and grab dinner on Christmas Eve.  I wanted to be able to see the neighborhood I was staying in and try to get through the jet lag as quickly as possible. But once I checked into my hotel, I ended up falling asleep on my hotel bed until 10PM. The lack of sleep on the 16 hour trip over to Athens really took it out of me and I couldn’t over come the tiredness. I ended up eating some snacks I had brought over to Athens and then falling back asleep for the rest of the night.  It was a good first night in the city.


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