Sofia, you ight, but Greece may be the one who got away. I took a trip to Athens at the end of the week, which most of this post is about. But other things did happen. This week is sponsored by the letter P: Professional Growth, Pain, and Partytimehellzyea. I:
- attended a "Professional Speed Dating" event which was really interesting. It's hard to get to know what everyone does for a living, especially since we're already three months in. But I found out a lot about people that I haven't gotten to know as well, and it was really cool. There's something super interesting about how we all groove as a group, and I think there's definitely potential for something business-oriented to come out of it. We'll see where things go within the next few months.
- saw the movie "Bad Moms". It was a Remote Year sponsored event and we had a whole theatre to ourselves. Pretty funny, but even funnier was one of the male remotes laughing his ass off the whole movie.
- got a job doing something I never even knew was a thing. Ever see "Millionaire Matchmaker", that show that used to be on Brave where that lady matched up millionaires and found them their lifetime lovers (or monthly, whatever they were into)? I'm basically her. Minus the fact that not everyone is a millionaire. I'm working for a new company called Tawkify where I set people up on dates. As if I didn't complain about how hard it is to date, suddenly I've taken on the task of doing all the dirty work for everyone else. Online dating is kind of the worst though, and it's a really cool concept: every date is a blind date, I find the matches for them (no sifting through everyone), and I curate a custom date for them. I love the fact that they're meeting in real life with no expectations. IRL life dating going online is a pretty cool thing. I'm excited about it and have a couple clients as of now, fingers crossed it goes well. (Also if you want to be in our database for potential dates, please reach out - I recruit from all over the US and it's free for you if I send a special link. :)
- got really sick. I hadn't been feeling well and then all of a sudden I was faced with a fever, nausea, and achiness. I haven't been sick like that yet, but I'm sure my immune system isn't the strongest, given all the travel and weather changes. (It's sunny one day and then raining and cold the next and it's v annoying.) Of course, this is right before I had to wake up the next morning at 4 AM and get on a flight right after a training call for the new job that ended at 1:30 AM (since it's Eastern hours and I'm 7 hours ahead). I was so afraid that I'd miss the entire trip because I felt like complete shit. I contemplated drinking whiskey and trying to cure myself with it but instead I went to bed just hoping that I'd feel better in 4 hours.
- WENT TO GREECE! I didn't feel 100% but rallied and I'm glad I did. We did a lot of exploring, drinking, and staying up all night because apparently Grecians like to party like it's 1999 and only between the hours of 1 and 7 AM. But man...it was a ball. Here's some cool stuff we saw and us posing like weirdos on some of it.
- had training for the new job while in Greece at 11:30 PM. While everyone else went to get gyros and beer, I stayed in the AirBNB and sat on a video call for two hours. We also realized that our wifi didn't work, which was horrible, seeing as this entire job relies solely on virtual communication. I went downstairs to the bar that we lived on top of, (It's called 69 Cafe. Nice.) and sat down with my laptop and their wifi open, only to be told that they close at 10. Great! I then spotted the words INTERNET CAFE across the street, so I ran over there...only to find out that THERE'S NO WIFI AT INTERNET CAFE. The place looked straight out of the 90s and I felt like I was walking into the computer lab in Boy Meets World. The man told me that I had to use one of their ('99 Microsoft PC) computers. Not an option for me. My friend Stacy became a hero (with a gyro) and let me tether to her work phone for 2+ hours. She saved the day AND my job. Just one of the many examples of remote working...also Stacy is the best.
- went to a Bear club. A club for gay bears. Every man looked like the Brawny paper towel man and I really wished none of them were gay. Not fair.
- went to several bars. SEVERAL. But this one was called FRIENDS and drunk me had to take a picture of it, I guess.
- had the best Old Fashioned(s) of my life in this really cool garden (which I didn't take a picture of) but these really cool stairs (below!) If you're looking for a place that doesn't suck in Athens, visit this bar.
- stayed out too late the night before doing god knows what, so my friends left me at the airbnb on Sunday to go to an island. I wasn't particularly sad to miss out though - I explored the city alone and it was amazing. I met a couple from Paros, a guy from Santorini, found a really cool flea market, met up with another remote and her friend that were there for the weekend, and then met back up with everyone at dinner. Solo stuff is one of my goals for the next month in Croatia, and this was a nice intro to that. I'm looking forward to taking me out on dates every once in a while. (Also, this place was called 360 and had an incredible 360 degree view.)
The trip ended after deciding that it was a great idea to just stay up all night before our 8AM flight the next morning...considering we went out at 2AM, this was aggressive. Duly noted. Some people went to bed around 4 or 5, but myself and 3 others danced the night away with whiskey cokes and made it back in time to the AirBNB to sleep for 20 minutes and then get on a plane. Whilst perusing Snapchat the next day I realized that it wasn't my greatest look at the airport. (Asleep on friend, drooling on said friend's shoulder.) However, I regret nothing; I spent a weekend in a city and gave it my all, regardless of my failing immune system. (Sorry, body.) I managed to overcome sickness with wanderlust (a new cure for everything?) and slept maybe a total of 10 hours in a weekend.
But that's what all of this is about, right? Doing things we've never done before; like falling asleep HARD in the middle seat of an airplane row, probably drooling on another person who definitely was not my friend. Athens, thanks for the memories (and the airplane enemies, probably.)
Professional writer, designer, and do-it-aller. Remote Year citizen/alum. Currently living in San Francisco and probably trying to avoid the terrifying amounts of pigeons.