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How travelling helped me recover from a painful break up

Greece ● Kalamata ● Peloponnese ● 25 November 2016
 

We had a great relationship for seven years. Seven years of love, understanding and passion. We lived together for two years. Two years of a happy routine. Or at least, I thought so. Suddenly, my soulmate decided that we could not be together any more. I had to move out. To find new friends and a new home in Germany, a foreign country, in which I studied because of him. My world fell apart. It was the most difficult time of my life.

 I found a small apartment, and I met a few people from Greece because the company of the Germans was not that easy for me due to their language. My heart was broken, but my life was moving forward, and things became better. Three months after I moved out, it would be our 8th anniversary. I felt terrible. I did not want to be in Germany on this day. What if I met him accidentally? The weather was awful; it was cold and rainy for over one month while my friends in Greece told me about the sunshine there. I thought that I could be in Greece on this day. Nothing could stop me. I found cheap aeroplane tickets for a flight to Kalamata, a wonderful seafront town in Peloponnese that could really relax me. An affordable hotel was also something simple to find. And I was ready.

It was the first time in my life that I travelled solo. I was always travelling with my boyfriend or my family. But now, I wanted to do that alone. I wanted to think about myself, to search again for the happiness, to believe that I could be happy again without him. The town was astonishing, everything there was perfect. The weather was warm and sunny, the atmosphere romantic and quiet, the buildings traditional and well-preserved. I wandered in the narrow streets for hours, and then, when I was tired, I ate something in a coastal restaurant, staring at the sea. I did not want to meet new people, I only wanted to clean my mind and appreciate what I had without thinking all the time about what I lost.

Female traveller

These four days were a miracle. I returned to Germany with self confidence and calmness. I have found the meaning of my life. A meaning that did not include him. I still believed in love, I still do. But I realised that the most precious moments are those spent with ourselves. At the end of the day, we can’t be sure for anything else. Our best and most loyal friend is our mind and our heart. And they are also our best company. This lesson that I took in this journey was enough to make me recover from my sadness. There is always a reason. And a solution.



Where to Stay

Hotel in Marathon, Greece Myrto Hotel
Myrto Hotel
34, Marathonos Avenue, Mati (Nea Makri), 19009 Marathon, Greece

Myrto Hotel is located in Mati, just a few-minutes' walk from the beach. Athens International Airport is 16 km away, while the port of Rafina, which connects you to many Greek islands, is 4.5 km away. The centre of Athens is 30 km away.

Hotel & Appartment in Patmos, Greece Pico Bello
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Pico Bello
Grikos, 85500 Patmos, Greece

Built in a beautiful, traditional white and blue building, the family-run Pico Bello complex offers accommodation in spacious, bright studios just 50 m from the awarded Grikos beach. The distance from the main port of Patmos in Skala is 3.5 km, while Chora (Patmos town) is at 4 km. The property offers free transfer from/to the port upon request. Patmos island can be reached with a ferry boat from Piraeus (Athens), Lipsi and Leros islands.

Hotel in Ioannina, Greece Krikonis Hotel
Krikonis Hotel
10, Niarchou Str., 45500 Ioannina, Greece

Krikonis Hotel is located in Ioannina, close to the city center and close to the University of Ioannina. The National Airport of Ioannina is a 15-minute drive away from the property.


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