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... on heaven or on earth; and do not know how to tell about this. All we know is that God lives there with people and their service is better than in any other country…" They might as well have been talking about the same services I attended at the Cathedral of St. Gregory of Palamas in Thessaloniki this past weekend.
Let's start with the Cathedral. It was destroyed by an earthquake in 1978. A committed priest brought his tent and pitched ...
... new food was wonderful. The salads, the fish, all of
it. A particular plate of eggplant mousse was so decadent that I had a full
serving to myself.
It was right about the middle of dinner when it happened. I
had a wonderful moment. To the exterior eye, it would have been nothing more
than just another night out on the town, but for me it was magical. I was just in
the middle of a conversation with my professor Eleni about the current
We were both glad to have a second full day in Thessaloniki, mostly because the sunshine and brightness were delightful after the dreary weather and rather grey cities we had recently visited. Thessaloniki seemed happy and vibrant after Nis and Sofia, and tourists were made to feel very welcome.
We spent the day exploring Old Thessaloniki, which basically meant just keep walking upwards until you find yourself in a maze of narrow cobbled streets. They weren't ...
... months a year in the underworld. These tombs had huge slabs as building blocks.
It was not just with regal elements like crowns and military equipment that Philip II was buried. There were bathing items as well.
The tomb of Philip II was a jaw dropping moment. It has been damaged by earthquakes over time. Its facade was white with columns and a hunting scene across the top. Like the tomb of Alexander IV, it had two chambers.
The typical funeral ...
... bars and got a round of shots, cheering to our semester to come. It's hard to act like alcohol is a very small part of being abroad, but when it's such a large part of the culture, and it's a new thing for many of us to drink legally, it's actually a pretty big thing. They have kiosks on almost every corner where they just have a cooler full of beers. So naturally, as a group, we all stopped and got a beer to drink on our way back. However, we knew not to be out and up ...