Falling in love in Thessaloniki
Living in Thessaloniki is a wonderful experience especially if you are young. A significant percentage of the people living in the second largest city in Greece is actually very young, due to the fact that there are so many university students living and studying in Thessaloniki. What’s even more exciting than living and studying is love in Thessaloniki.
I spent the best 9 years of my life living and studying in Thessaloniki. I was born and raised in Athens actually, but moved to Thessaloniki at the age of 19, to attend the medical school of the Aristotle University. Medicine is surely not the easiest science one can study at the University. How should it actually be, when a doctor has to deal with serious health conditions and even save human lives?
The thing is that in spite of the fact that I had to study a lot and still work at the same time as a waiter to make a living and pay for bills (fortunately the university I attended there was public, so didn’t have to pay for tuition), the time I spent in Thessaloniki was really wonderful. I met some of my best friends there that are still like brothers to me and most importantly I also found the love of my life in this wonderful city, in northern Greece.
Her name was Vicky, and she was a university student like me, although she was not studying medicine at that time as I was. She was studying communication and mass media to become a journalist, which she managed to do a few years later. We met at a party. It was not love at the first sight as you might have expected, but the attraction was there and it was rather strong. We were introduced by a mutual friend and things evolved naturally and very quickly. We went on a date two days later and ended up a couple and deeply in love in Thessaloniki.
Our first date is still kept very vivid in my memory. We met at the White Tower, which is actually a standard meeting point for almost all couples that are still in the romance stage. I remember It was early May and the weather was sunny and great for a walk along the coast. We held one another’s hand and slowly walked along the coastline making comments about everything we could see in our way.
About 30 minutes later we reached the area of the harbor and exchanged our first kiss. It was rather evident to both of us that we were attracted on each other and that day would mark the beginning of a wonderful relationship. What we didn’t really expect then, is that about 12 years later we would decide to get married.
That moment could surely have come earlier if it hadn’t been for my studies. Vicky was fortunate enough to finish her studies in about four years and got a good job in Thessaloniki. This was a great thing for me, because I had to study for many more years in order to finally get my degree in medicine, so we stayed together in Thessaloniki and didn’t have to separate. Vicky was working at that time and I was doing my best to get my university degree.
A few years later, we got both very lucky again, since my loved one found a better job in Athens, just right when I was ready to get my degree. We soon moved to Athens, I got a job at a private medical clinic in Athens and got married. We were really still in love, experiencing the best moments of our life, besides from the fact that we were forced to leave Thessaloniki, probably forever.
We are still together, happily married, with a newborn baby that became our new family member about a year ago. Yet, the years that we spent both living and studying in Thessaloniki still remain our favorite topic to discuss. Who can actually forget all those wonderful years in Thessaloniki, undoubtedly the best place to be in Greece if you are young and even better if you get the chance to fall in love.
We still refer to Thessaloniki as “our Paris”, because most of all for us Thessaloniki is a wonderful memory of our love story.