Looking back, I really should have learned how to cook something new. I am not the best cook, though I pretend like I am. So that is a 20% project that would have been time better spent.
Initially when I was looking for "research" I found some cute and helpful things on Pinterest. Pinterest ended up being more of a distraction than anything else... "This is why I deleted the app long ago" I kept reminding myself. I did however find a lot of beautiful pictures, and have been becoming increasingly excited for this trip!
I did not learn Greek. I got caught up with everything else going on in my life, and plan on heavily relying on the Greek family I am traveling to the homeland with to get me where I need to go. I am not an auditory learner, so listening to Greek and trying to repeat it was such a disaster. I embarrassed myself in the car, alone... And it's not an easy language to try to learn to read either. If I could devote more than 20% of my time, and maybe take a few classes, there might be hope.
I've vowed to learn a new language when I retire, until then I need to retire this fantasy I seem to have of learning a language other than English. For now I will stick to pointing animatedly toward things and exaggerating my facial expression in hopes that the Greek speaking individual I'm asking directions from understands that I need a bathroom or restaurant or something.