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... is experienced through the senses, a communing with the divine. I stood in awe. Color everywhere -- almost blinding the eyes. Massive royal red rugs blanketed the floors with the double-headed eagle emblem too big to fit within the lens of my cell-phone camera. Billowing clouds of lilac incense infiltrated the nostrils while byzantine chanting (12 chanters on the right & 12 on the left) melodiously breached the ears.
The second Sunday of ...
... similar. It is beautiful in its own way as many cities are. Our
hotel was very near our place of arrival and it wasn’t long before I found myself
in bed. Now here is where normally I would have blogged and told my story, but
something about traveling, even if it is unconscious traveling, that really
wears me down. So I slept.
I awoke later that evening to the sound of Mitch telling me
the group would soon leave for dinner. Of course I did ...
... were all checked in so we just wanted somewhere close by for some dinner, which we duly found in a local little restaurant where I had my first eagerly awaited Greek food. Moussaka, Jamie had rolled stuffed cabbage leaves, Greek salad, Greek wine, it was all looking good. I went for a walk to find the supermarket, which was shut, but they have heaps of little dairy-type convenience kiosks everywhere that sell beer and snacks, so I grabbed some beers to try to local brews. The ...
... was acclaimed and honored throughout Europe and especially in Italy. When Myra was captured by the Saracens in 1034, many Italian cities planned to "rescue" his relics. In 1087, forces from Bari, Italy, attacked Myra and carried away his relics from the lawful Greek guardians in Myra to ...
... of us at this point. We start classes tomorrow and were given a crash course in survival Greek, but it still takes practice. The hardest thing was going to the open air market and trying to speak to the vendors to purchase vegetables and such. If you don't know the language, you can't tell them how much you want, and you can't always understand the amount of money they're asking for, which is pretty important for any kind of shopping interaction. Regardless, the market was ...