On Sunday my boyfriend and I went to the San Diego Greek Festival in Hillcrest. For a small venue, it was absolutely packed. And it was a fun, lighthearted glimpse at another culture. We got to take a look at the beautiful St Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church. Upbeat Greek music filled the air alongside the delicious smells of souvlaki and gyros. Little kids had tied on belly dancer skirts over their jeans and danced alongside the adults while we watched, eating a delicious plate of lamb, bread and feta cheese.
Getting to do stuff like this is one of my favorite parts about living in San Diego. It might not measure up to the Greek Festival in New York or other major cities, but it was so cool to get out and do something just a little different. The sun was shining and everyone was in a good mood. I got to see an active Greek Orthodox culture right in the center of my community, something I’d never seen before. What was really special was that Mike, my boyfriend, was just as interested in doing something new as I was.
With all the things happening at home right now, it was a really great getaway. And it was cheap — only $3 each, plus whatever food we bought while we were there. Another really fun thing about the festival was seeing all of the children participating. They dressed up in traditional costumes, joined in the dances, and seemed to enjoy the festival just as much as the adults.
I suppose what I’m trying to say is that it’s a great thing to get out there and experience something new. Mike and I went to the Greek festival because we love Greek food, but we stayed because it was so neat to learn about Greek culture and the Greek Orthodox church. Getting to do something that is perhaps slightly outside your normal comfort zone is invigorating. The times I have been able to do so are some of my clearest and dearest memories.
I’ll be looking for opportunities similar to this one in the future. And as for the festival itself? It’s definitely something I’d recommend to anyone hoping to do something new and cheap. Hopefully you have as much fun as we did!