Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
33Trip End Apr 26, 2011
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The Acropolis lies on a flat rock mountain that rises up from the surrounding area, that makes it easily visible from the surrounding areas and gives a beautiful of Athens, and the surrounding (snow-capped) mountains. The Parthenon is one of the most amazing sights I've seen. Aside from it being a symbol for modern civilization and democracy, I was astounded on the sheer feat of engineering the Greeks accomplished. The massive structure was built in just 15 years and finished in 432 BC! That's using large marble slabs, carved by manual labor.
The Theater of Dionysus was also great sight. Originally a 17,000 seat amphitheater, now only 20 of the 64 rows remain. I can imagine Sophocles being performed their two thousand years ago!
A few observations in my few days in Athens...
The Greeks are very warm people. They are quick to start up a conversation with you and find out where you are from. I guess they don't come across too many Filipinos, because I have been
mistaken for Japanese several times now! The Athenians I have come across so far are very proud of their Greek heritage and are knowledgeable in pointing out how names have Greek derivations. I learned today that Lisbon, Nice, and Marseilles are all derived from Greek names!
There's a lot of graffiti, but the graffiti is more political in nature, and does not make neighborhoods feel unsafe, as it would in the states. This makes sense as the city is politically active, and demonstrations are not uncommon. I've already had a few conversations with local Athenians about politics, America, and the economy.
There are a lot of free roaming dogs in the city. They are friendly and don't bother anyone but are numerous. Apparently they don't belong to anyone but the Athenians tend to feed them. Like the population, the dogs also seem to take siestas around 3PM!
P.S. More pictures can be found on my Facebook. It's easier to upload pics there.