After a personal resolution about six months ago, among others, I decided to expand my interests associated with architecture and pursue new experiences. Only one day after, I came across the writing internship position in Global Site Plans. I figured, “This can’t be a coincidence!”
Reading and writing articles concerning architecture and urban planning has always been something really intriguing for me. Global Site Plans was by all means the ideal platform to showcase various issues, and I was given the opportunity to challenge myself and find out if I can blog in a foreign language - English, as a native Greek.
Now that my internship has come to an end, I can only think of the great things I’ve gained through this experience. Fortunately Thessaloniki, the city in which I currently live and covered through my posts, is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever visited. It was a pleasure exploring areas of the city and writing about all these developments associated with architecture and urban design. I visited the historic area "Ano Poli" and "Ladadika" with the beautiful restored buildings and the intact urban issue, the area around Valaoritou Street with the newly opened cafes and bars that have upgraded the whole area. It was a great experience seeing the city in which I live through the eyes of a blogger. Now I can fondly remember the spectacular project of the New Seafront of Thessaloniki, a project that nowdays almost every citizen admires and loves visiting. Another issue that I personally enjoyed a lot and was happy to find out that also many readers appreciated, was the post about how skate parks can transform urban areas. Finally, I couldn't miss mentioning the post regarding the regeneration project of my favorite area of the city, the New Cultural Coast in Thessaloniki’s port.
Putting together my posts, sometimes it felt like I was an architect, sometimes like a travel agent, sometimes like a citizen. However, it has always been crystal clear how amazing this city is, and I tried to do my best conveying the aspects and features that make its architecture special. In addition, it was a delight getting all this positive feedback from people from all over the world, who didn't hesitate to leave a comment and offer me food for thought.
At the moment I have to focus on my studies, in order to complete and present my thesis concerning a restoration project of an old deserted Sanatorium in Greece. Personally, my blogging internship was a really liberating experience and hopefully I will meet the GSP’s team soon in the future.
Thank you for your comments and your support! I wish you all the best!
Credits : Photo by Mitsos ( thank you !)