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... where thousands more watched it - live - from the comfort of their homes.
It was truly spectacular and worthy of bragging. Unfortunately, it was pouring rain outside. So much so that the relics were not carried on the shoulders of military personnel throughout city neighborhoods as is the custom of today’s holiday. But that’s ok….I have enough to absorb and process for a long time.
Tomorrow - I depart for ...
... I was very grateful,
it meant that we would be experiencing the actual culture, not a replicated
parody. Upstairs was our table, tucked away in the corner where we could still
hear one another over the music. I ordered myself a drink. Now my Greek is not
only sufficient enough to order without flaw, it has started to pick up native
habits. For example, in English you might say “What’s up?” That wouldn’t make
sense to anyone who ...
... Shabbat service in the same way. Their rabbi is from Morocco by way of Israel, and the congregation a mix of Jews whose families have always lived in Thessaloniki, Jews from other parts of Thessaly, Jews from other parts of Greece, and some recent imports from Israel.
I was invited to join the community for its meal after services, riding a Shabbat elevator to the 8th floor of their building and enjoying the beautiful brown eggs typical of ...
... the two epistles to the ancient Thessalonians. It was here that he established the first Christian Church in Europe. We saw the ramparts of the city, the Arch of Galerius and the Roman Agora where St Paul once preached. We also visited St Demetrios’ Church with its mosaics and frescoes. It is our last night on mainland Greece .. We say goodbye to our driver Zafiris and our guide Joanna. We are meeting early before dinner to ...
... many things that we have yet to experience together here, that is going to bond us even more.
Even crazier. It still hasn't quite set in for any of us that we are actually in Greece. That we are actually living here right now. With all these people and the beautiful city surrounding me, I honestly feel like I need to be pinched to wake up from this dream...
(Attached are pictures of me and some of the amazing people I've met)