What They Loved, What They Didn’t, and What Blew Their Minds!”

In this article, we dive into the captivating experiences of our Dutch trainees as they share their perspectives on Greece and the remarkable adventures they’ve embarked on. From discovering the iconic city of Athens to venturing out to enchanting destinations, they offer insights into what they loved, what amazed them, and the cherished memories they’ve created.

Van den Boorn Stijn – Sustainability Trainee

Fortunately, I have been in the position to explore Greece some more than only wondering around in Athens. I have been to the wonderful places of Meteora and Thessaloniki. However, the one trip that really got me into the Mama Mia vibes was my trip to Mykonos. Some friends came over from the Netherlands to visit me in Greece. After one weekend in Athens we went to Mykonos by boat. Passing by some others beautiful islands with the characteristic white houses with blue roofs. Unfortunately, it did not feel very authentic because of the insane amount of tourists. But anyway, I spend a great time (and money ;-)) there and I’m keen to experience all the other Greek islands as well!

Anouk Goes – Business (&Product) Developer

My first encounter in Greece is still the most memorable memory I have of the country. My first trip to Greece was when I was eight years old. My family and I took a vacation to the island of Samos. We met a Greek family that lived on the island. They invited us to their residence. We had a great day despite the fact that we didn’t know Greek and they didn’t speak English. We had great dinners and the grandma taught me some traditional Greek dances. It was a beautiful interaction with the locals that has stayed with me to this day.

During my time here, I took advantage of the weekends and holidays to explore the main land and Peloponessos. Meteora, Monemvasia, Nafplio, Thessaloniki, and Dimitsana were among the destinations I visited. It’s tough to choose which location I preferred because each has its own unique charm (cliche but true). But I believe that my interactions with Greek people were far more significant. I’ve had some wonderful meetings with Greek people up to this point. What I’m trying to imply is that the most unforgettable experiences aren’t usually in the most beautiful locations, but rather with the people you come across.

But if I had to pick one destination, I know my Greek colleagues would probably disagree because they have already been on several school excursions to Nafplio, but it would be the beaches of Nafplio. And if I had to pick two places in Athens where I’ve met fantastic people, I’d go with Miss Tartu and Giantes in Exarchia and Cinque in Psyri. It’s interesting to hear about the contrasts between the Netherlands and Greece. Hydra, Spetses, and Milos are up next on my itinerary. To be continued…

Manouk Slutter – Human Resources Trainee

Eight years ago, I had my first trip to Greece. I had just graduated from high school, and me and my best friend really wanted to go to Athens. Little did I know, I would be living here 8 years later! In the years that passed, I had the pleasure of visiting many countries, but I never returned to Greece. Until this year, obviously. I didn’t know anything about Greece to be honest! And WOW, it exceeded all my expectations.

Firstly, the country is so beautiful. From the historical center of Athens, to the boulevard of Thessaloniki, to the beautiful sea and beaches of Agistri and the picturesque villages of Naxos, I have loved every corner. And this summer, I will add more destinations to this list!

Secondly, the delicious food! I knew I loved tzatziki, but the rest of the Greek cuisine? I had no idea! I am definitely going to miss the Greek mezze. The only thing I will not get used to, is ouzo (sorry Anna and Anna). And thank god, they also have freddo cappuccino in the Netherlands! However, when I am back in the cold, I will probably prefer a warm coffee again.

Thirdly, I have experienced that the Greeks are really nice and open. For example, in Aegina the taxi driver told us every little secret about the island, including some shortcuts to prevent us from walking too long in the heatwave ;). Or the girl that told us about the bus-strike, when we were naively waiting for the bus to arrive. Or the old ladies near my house, who are always feeding and taking care of the cats. Or my dear colleagues, that are never too bored to answer all my questions, and take me on trips to discover more of Athens or Greece. They are the real ones who make my whole experience unforgettable. Thank you for that!

Heartfelt Gratitude to Our Dutch Trainees for an Extraordinary Summer in Greece

As our Dutch trainees conclude their adventurous journey through Greece, we want to express our heartfelt gratitude for sharing their remarkable experiences with us. Their candid opinions, cherished memories, and enthusiastic exploration have undoubtedly left a lasting impact on all of us. Though they will be dearly missed when they return to the Netherlands, the unforgettable moments they created in Greece will forever hold a special place in their hearts. As the doors of Greece and Interamerican remain wide open, we eagerly await the opportunity to welcome them back, to continue their remarkable journeys.

Thank you, dear trainees, for making this summer an extraordinary and enriching chapter in your lives!