Last Days of Summer in Mykonos

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The last days of summer are a magical time. Each golden sunset seems even more beautiful and each hot summer night even more visceral, because it’s the last of its kind – at least until next summer.

This year I ended my summer with a bang, a big bang, on the beautiful Greek island of Mykonos.

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Late summer in the Greek islands can conjure up a variety of images, most of them so iconic that they’ve become clichéd, but no less true: chalky white buildings with the window panes painted blue; glistening turquoise waters and the hot summer sun; complete relaxation under a swaying palm tree.

One of those things did not come true on my trip to Mykonos. Granted, I do feel relaxed in the way that I imagine single-celled organisms feel relaxed. My brain is completely incapable of forming any coherent thoughts, so my worries are definitely out of the picture, as is most of my so-called intellect and self-respect.

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I’ve never felt quite as exhausted. It’s actually taken a week to not have every inch of my body ache. I still have most of the mysterious cuts and bruises I collected during the trip, but I’m slowly feeling less like I’m just an empty shell of a man. Actually I’m starting to almost feel like a human again.

Mykonos is a party islands, it truly is. This trip quickly became an odyssey into the wild nights and somehow even wilder days on the beautiful, insane and never-ending party called Mykonos.

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We danced on tables, we danced on poles, we danced on a boat, we danced until sunrise. Repeatedly.

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Taking a dip while yachting around the island’s ruggedly beautiful coastline

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The island has idyllic scenes and pockets of calm, for those moments when you just can’t party anymore

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The main town on Mykonos, Chora, is especially beautiful… and very Greek

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There were a lot of wonderful moments that stand out for me.

Losing my underwear to the strong winds while returning to shore after a sunny day on a yacht. Skinny dipping in a pool that was far less private than I first thought. Meeting interesting new people from all over the world, making brief and meaningful connections. Accidentally crashing a Greek wedding at a tavern on the beach, dancing with my toes in the sand and a bottle of ouzo in hand.

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I may never completely recover, but it was definitely worth it.

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