That was the only sort of preparation I had done before the trip to Greece, the word translating to 'cheers'. Thus, before the trip had even started, we were all in the right mind space in order to enjoy it to the fullest.
A bit of a background context to the vacation: it had been over 3 months that I had been waiting for this particular vacation to Greece. Slogging it out in college had really taken its toll on me and with the summers approaching, all I could imagine was the picturesque sights of the European country. One could argue that such an exotic destination is to be visited with a spouse or a 'special friend', but to me, the vacation was more of letting go of my inhibitions and rediscovering myself. That's the thing I love about vacations, they allow you to be whoever you want to be with no sense of responsibility and social pressures that we are subjected to in our daily schedules.
Days passed at an agonizingly slow rate and I couldn't help conceal my excitement to myself, it shone through my gleaming smile whenever someone happened to nudge the topic of the summers in general.
Finally came the 6th of May and everyone was super excited as we were Greece-bound. Flying via the Emirates for the first time was a great experience although the Indians on board weren't being too polite with the air hostesses, a real disappointment to all others on board. The flight was via Dubai where we had a layover for 3 hours or so and then, Athens.