Wrap Me in Phyllo Dough began while I was teaching English in Thessaloniki, Greece on a Fulbright grant from September 2010 – June 2011. I taught high-school English, traveled all around and ate my way across the country, and did research on Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis as an expansion of my undergraduate thesis on Zorba the Greek.

Yup. Top that, future jobs.

When I came home, I was having way too much fun with the blog to stop, so I decided to keep it up! Now, I’m a grad student studying English at Boise State University.

So, what can you find here at Wrap Me in Phyllo Dough? The archives from September 2010 – June 2011 tell the story of my year in Greece, from eating goat heads to riding public buses. Since then, you can expect all of the following, with as much of a Greek twist as possible when you live in Idaho:


Who are you, anyway?!

I’m Kate! I was born in Washington, DC, I grew up in Bozeman, Montana, I went to Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, and have also lived in Marseille, France (4 months) and Thessaloniki, Greece (10 months). I’m a feisty ginger with a bottomless pit for a stomach, an incurable case of the travel bug, and penchants for ethnic food, great literature, and fat animals, especially fat animals that waddle and/or roll around on the floor.

Are you planning to go back to Greece?

Every darn penny not being spent on rent, school books, or coffee is going straight into my piggy bank! It’s my second home, παιδιά. My daydreams runneth over with feta.

Can I link to your blog and use your photos?

As long as you attribute each use to Wrap Me in Phyllo Dough and provide a direct link, abso-freakin’-lutely!

Where else have you traveled to?

Map created using Where I've Been (red = lived there, blue = been there, and green = want to go there).

Why Greece?

I actually applied for a Fulbright grant to Turkey, as Greece wasn’t accepting any ETA applications at the time. While on the wait list for Turkey, I got a call saying that Greece had decided to take on some ETAs and asking if I’d like to apply for Greece instead. I put together a whole new application essay in 24 hours, submitted it, and the rest is history! Serendipity is more like it, actually. My undergraduate thesis was on Zorba the Greek, and Greece had long been in the top three on my travel list. Suddenly, I had the chance to go! And then we lived happily ever after.

What kind of camera do you use?

My baby camera is a Nikon Coolpix P80. It is my constant companion and I highly recommend it for all levels of photographers.

Can I e-mail you for tips on traveling to Greece, advice on my Fulbright application, or just to tell you about what I had for breakfast this morning?

Definitely! Feel free to drop me a line at kathleen.peterson@fulbrightmail.org. I love giving recommendations for Greek adventures just as much as I love talking about breakfast, and while this isn’t an official Fulbright or US Department of State page, I highly recommend the Fulbright program to all students, teachers, and international adventurers. I’m happy to give advice and answer questions on the application process or whatever else you might be curious about.

Last, many thanks to the Fulbright Program, the Fulbright Foundation in Greece, the American Farm School of Thessaloniki, and the Hellenic College of Thessaloniki for all they did to make my Greek experience not only possible, but wonderful, too.

Happy reading, and καλή όρεξη!


14 Responses to About

  1. Christina Litina says:

    I heard about your blog from cupcakes.gr in Nafplio. I love your comments to bits. All that’s happend to you while in Greece is just so funny! you are so sweet, you remind me of all my american friends in uni! such a possitive attitute towards one and all. Keep it up swetty face! will be coming back for more!

    • k8peterson says:

      Aww, thank you! So glad you like the blog. I LOVE their cupcakes!! They’re one of my favorite desserts and I hadn’t had one in nine months, so to find them in Nafplio was so exciting! I just ate the Bailey’s flavored one, and it was love at first bite 🙂 Liz’s Cupcakes rocks! I wish they were in Thessaloniki, where I live, instead of in Nafplio. Good thing I bought three and not just one! Thanks again!

  2. Spiros says:

    Hi Kate! You are so so great! Nice to e-meet you! Next time you’ll be in Athens send a mail, a cupcake adventure is waiting for you. We (Penny and I) know the very best of Athens cupcakes.
    Eager to meet you in person.
    Spiros & Penny

    • Why hello! How exciting!! I will be in Athens one more time before I return to the States, just for an event that will take place in the evening, but I will have some free time that afternoon before the event. I hope we can make it work because it would be great to meet you and, of course, I am always excited about the prospect of cupcakes!! I will let you know when I am coming to town! 🙂

  3. thirdeyemom says:

    I’ve nominated you for a Seven Links award. Check out my blog post: http://thirdeyemom.com/2011/07/30/my-lucky-seven/
    Now it is your turn!

  4. travel says:

    i like your blog. ..

  5. Hassaan says:

    i stumble upon your blog today and it fascinated me a lot.. keep on writing,
    i am new at wordpress, can u suggest me something..



    • Hi Hassaan! Thanks for stopping by and I’m glad you enjoyed it. As for blogging, all I can say is 1) write what you know and 2) have fun. If you can do those two things, the rest will fall into place. Good luck! Happy writing! 🙂

  6. I love your blog! Greece is No. 1 on my list of places to visit and your description just made me fall in love! 🙂 Here’s my blog – http://pirsqr.wordpress.com/2011/08/03/do-you-have-a-bucket-list-heres-my-top-5-dream-destinations/ I hope you’ll take a look & leave a comment!

    • And with good reason! If you want any recommendations when you finally make it to Greece, just shoot me an email! And I love your travel bucket list post–I’ve been toying with doing a similar post in the future, but in the meantime, I left my top three picks for you to read. 🙂

  7. ashleypaige4 says:

    Just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Check it out here:

  8. Eleni says:

    Kαλησπέρα Kate. I, too, came across your blog on cupcakes.gr and loved reading your accounts of your travels in Greece. You are a wonderful and perceptive writer and have an enviable attitude towards travel and life. Keep it up!

    I’m Greek-American and studying naval architecture here in Athens. I truely hope you get to return someday and enjoy the wonders of Greece again.

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