Kelly, No More Feeding Stray Dogs!

Trip Start Jun 03, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Greece  , Attica,
Saturday, June 6, 2009

We arrived late at night in Athens and boarded a night bus to our hostel. The bus was difficult to figure out because there were no announcements for the stops. We had to resort to saying "Evanglismos" and giving the driver our signature "I don't know" face- a quizzical look and shrugged shoulders. We found the stop for our hostel, but spent 10 minutes walking up and down the street looking for it. Kelly, Brittany's younger sister, had arrived earlier in the day, and was out on the balcony so she called out to us.

We had a 5 bed-room. Brittany had found a great deal, so it was only 12 Euros a night for each of us. The downside to the great price was that luxuries like hot water cost extra. Lindsey Brittany and Jon decided to rough it the whole time, but Jon eventually broke down. Kelly and
Sarah decided that .50 cents was not too much to pay for a little comfort. Other things, like a friendly staff, were just unavailable.

We all woke up early Friday morning because of our jet lag and decided to take advantage and try to beat the crowds to the Acropolis.  We stopped for some greek pastries and a frappe (iced greek coffee). Apparently Friday was Fireman's day...or Environmental Day (we aren't sure which) so everything was free;. We were so excited because we had not had a hot meal in 48 hours, and saving 12 euros on the entrance meant we could eat lunch AND dinner.

The Acropolis is on a hill in the middle of Athens, so you can see it rising above the city from almost anywhere you stand. On the way up we saw the Theater of Dionysus and the Odeon of Herodies. At the top of hilll is the Parthenon, which is a marble temple from 447
BC. We were very impressed with the marble benches because they stayed cool despite the heat of the morning. As we were leaving the temple the crowds were beginning to arrive. We then headed down to the ancient Agora which is at the base of the hill.

We walked around Athens looking at the various ruins including The Library of Hadrian, the Roman Agora and the Temple of Zeus. At the temple of Zeus we came up with a new move- we asked people to take our picture in front of the monument, and then, when they counted to 3, we broke out our signature poses. We have included one for your viewing pleasure.

At lunch Kelly picked up a stray dog named Zeus who was our friend...for a little while. He quickly became over protective of Kelly and started lashing out at other passerbys.

Things we learned about Zeus:

1) He did not like 2 wheeled vehicles such as scooters and bikes and tried to bite them
2) He did not like Asians and tried to bite them
3) He eats chicken, but not vegetables

Around 3 pm our jet lag hit and we went back to our hostel for a nap. We made friends with a student from Iowa named John and all went out to dinner.

The next morning we took a day trip out to Cape Sunion where the Temple of Posiden is located. The coastal bus ride was amazing beautiful- the water of the Aegean Sea is deep blue and the craggy coast and houses are all white. We tried to negotiate student prices for the entry, but they would not take our ISIC cards. Sarah got into a fight with the ticket lady. It was a bad scene. Lindsey then got yelled at by a German woman for chasing a pigeon. This was the beginning of everyone in Greece hating us.

After we checked out the temple, we decided to climb down to a hidden cove we saw to go for a swim. When we arrived we were the only people, but others saw us and started coming down too. We laid out and went swimming, and found a cave where someone had apparently been living. We hung out there for a few hours and then took the bus back to Athens.

We decided to climb to the top of  Lykavittos Mountain to get a view of the sunset and moon rise over the city. We were training for Everest so we decided to walk up instead of taking the tram. The tram was apparently the popular option, because at the top we were the only sweatdrenched, red-faced out of breath people there.

We went to bed early Saturday night because we had to be up and out of the hostel by 6 am in order to make a 7:30 AM ferry to Mykonos.

Glums and Glows of Athens:

Glum: Being scolded by a German woman for chasing a bird
Glow: Sunset and Moonrise over Athens

Glum: It's day two, and her suitcase is too small
Glow: Her backpack is lighter than everyone elses

Glum: Her bank card didn't work for the first three days and her iphone couldn't pick up wireless
Glow: First suntan in 12 months.

Glum: His blog didn't get as many hits as ours
Glow: Getting into the ancient ruins for free

Glum: Being rejected by the love of her life
Glow: Finding the love of her life (a Grecian Police officer)

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