As I’m sitting here at my desk, glancing outside my office at rainy Portland, these photos taken a few weeks back in Santorini, Greece are providing me with a great sense of comfort. Traveling has always been a huge passion of mine but if you’d told last year that I’d have the opportunity to be on a sailboat cruising through the Aegean Sea, I’d have responded with, “there’s no way in hell.”
But, it happened and I loved every second of it. When you’re soaking up island life, it’s necessary to hit the water at least once — and no, hotel swimming pools don’t count!
On our first full day in Santorini, we began researching boat trips. Most of the ones we came across were 1. 80 to 120 euros on catamarans and 2. completely sold out for days in advance.
Not content to just give up, we kept searching, walking up and down the main street in town where all the travel agencies were clustered. Finally, we wandered into one and found the deal of the century: a five hour ride on a sailboat for only 25 euros! We’d actually been hoping to find a less modern-looking boat anyway and this was right up our alley.
Our time on the boat was priceless: the looping soundtrack of smooth disco-inspired dance beats was taken up a notch by lyrics sung by the equivalent of a deep-voiced Greek Barry White. We made the most of it, dancing across the top deck, spinning like maniacs. This trip was in honor of Gala’s 30th birthday and I wanted to make sure she didn’t forget it for as long as she lived!
As we cruised along the Aegean Sea, sipping champagne and watching the sun set, I felt grateful to have the opportunity to travel to places I never thought I’d see. This year has been pretty imbalanced when it comes to how much I’ve been traveling and working but I wouldn’t trade any of these experiences for anything.
A little over a week after this boat trip, I turned 32. These photos will always remind me of this time of big changes mixed with a whole lot of adventure.
Stripe Skater Dress, ASOS (it fits true to size and the quality is fantastic!)
Sunglasses, Dries van Noten (very old)
Lace-up sandals, MOMA (very old)
Hat, borrowed from our villa!
Photos: Shell de Mar Photography
Co-conspirators: Gala Darling and Kat Williams