Thursday, February 25, 2010
My Big Fat Greek Spring Break
On Friday, something very special is happening to me.
No. Sex and the City 2 is not coming out, that's not until May.
No. John Krasinski has not decided to leave Emily Blunt after meeting me on the streets of London.
No, Manolo Blahnik is not having a 90% off sale exclusively on size 9 strappy sandals.
No. It is much bigger.
I am returning to my homeland.
Yes. On Friday, March 26 at 10 pm, I, Aliki Elene Tripolitis will land in Athens. I have been preparing for this moment since birth.
I have read Edith Hamilton's Mythology not once, but twice.
I got an 105% in Mythology 1010 at university.
I have the soundtrack to Disney's Hercules memorized.
I understand natural and synthetic sponges better than any 20 year old girl should.
And I've probably eaten about 1000 Greek desserts in my lifetime.
Yes. I am ready.
You see, being Greek has always been a source of pride for me. Sure, no one can pronounce my last name and currently Greece is in economic turmoil and will possibly get kicked out of the EU (which, by the way, you're welcome American dollar) but my life really is better because I'm Greek.
For example, I always tan faster than anyone else because of my olive skin, which also keeps me from burning.
Because the sponge business has been passed down through Greek families through the generations, we often went to conventions in Orlando, which meant trips to Disney World.
I can claim John Stamos, Jennifer Aniston, and Alan from The Hangover as my people.
In the words of Gus from My Big Fat Greek Wedding, "When my people we're writing philosophy,. your people were still swinging from trees."
So, to say I am excited is an understatement. I have been faithfully practicing my Greek, and can now speak with the proficiency of, oh let's say, a toddler. Which, I think will cause absolutely no problems.
Besides Athens and Mykonos, we are also traveling to Italy, where we will see Rome and Florence. Between the food and the history of all the places I am going to, I plan on being an extremely happy camper for the next nine days. I would say its going to be a combination of a Mary Kate and Ashley movie, Roman Holiday, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and The Hangover.
Oh, and if I do get sunburnt? Don't worry, I'll just put some Windex on it!