There are currently two places in the whole wide world where I feel most relaxed and most myself – South Carolina and Greece. To be fair, I’ve only spent just a few weekends in Kiawah, South Carolina but it has definitely made my list of top two places, along with Greece, that I would choose to escape to at any point in time.
This past long weekend away solidified that feeling for me. I was introduced to Kiawah by the boyfriend who has been summering on the island for the past 20 years. This is the place where he learned how to swim, where he learned how to play golf, where he learned how to canoe – this is where he spent special moments with his closest friends. I have grown to love it and appreciate it just as much as he does. My special place is Greece and it always has been. Ever since I was a little girl, it was really important for my parents to show me where I came from. My roots, my families past, my fathers small village, my culture, my language, my family – they always wanted me to be a part of it all as much as possible. From the history of Sparta, to the ancient ruins of Athens, to the unbelievable island views, Greece has it all. I feel the most beautiful, the most confident and the most relaxed when I’m there. I feel perfectly tanned, perfectly fed, and perfectly in my own world.
Just like running gives me this rush of being on my own and independent, spending time in these two places gives me a similar sort of feeling. I can let go, relax, breath in and out, and feel calm. Having moved five or so times throughout my childhood, people have asked me, “well where do you consider home?” I may never really know where “home” truly was growing up – London, Italy, India, Connecticut, New Jersey, because all of those “homes” shaped the person I am today. But one thing I do know is that at this moment in time I feel most at home in Greece and in Kiawah – and I think that means just as much.*all pictures were taken in Kiawah this past weekend. See more snaps on c’est moi natasha’s Instagram!