Athens to Archaic Corinth

Trip Start May 10, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Shadow Restaurant and Apartments

Flag of Greece  , Peloponnese,
Thursday, May 13, 2010

Our second full day in Athens wasn't quite as eventful as the first. At least I thought that until I woke up Friday Morning and hopped on the internet. We basically spent our last full day in Athens trying to figure out a way to get internet. The internet over here is absurb, we spent 30 dollars in 2 days on internet and were rushed to get off. Finally we invested in an aircard which will allow us access and then we have to purchase weekly internet cards with scratch off codes that you have to submit via text message on a cell phone in order to gain a connection. Way too much hastle to have internet but that was pretty important for us to have. The bad part is even though you have this setup some places have no network connection so then it doesn't matter what you have. Anyways..we figured internet out and walked the streets until we ran into the acropolis museum which we decided to check out. Pretty fabulous to see the statues and idols they setup to worship back in those days. Those people were absolutely incredible with their stone work and intricate detail in their sculptures.

The day before we discovered a outdoor theatre which sat about 100 people and out of the corner of your eye you could see the Parthenon. We bought tickets for Robin Hood for our last nite in Athens which was in English ad had Greek subtitles. The movie started at 8:45 and around about that time you could also see the lights crank up and surround the Acropolis which was an amazing site to see. The movie was rather interesting in that people were drinking like crazy and everyone over here smokes. No rules in restaurants or shops, anything goes. Halfway through the movie we heard a pretty loud "KABOOM" somewhere off in the city. We thought nothing of it and thought maybe it was just a car backfiring or something like that. Next morning on the internet I noticed on Yahoo news that there had been a small bomb go off at the gates of an athens prison. I think it injured one woman and did little damage but it was shocking to recount during the movie that noise and wondering what it was. Despite that news we really do feel safe and secure over here and would choose Athens over Atlanta anyday for the safety factor alone. Matter of fact Morgan and I can't go down in to Atlanta without having someone steal something, bust out our car window, or get into a car accident of some sort.

Following in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul (Acts 18:1-7) we decided to exit Athens Friday morning and head toward Corinth. We had to cart our stupid heavy luggage to the train station from Hotel Fivos which was about 300 yards away and pickup a train from Monastraki to Larissa station which was in the heart of Athens. We've quickly learned that when you ask a Greek directions it's very likely that their left means our right and our right means their left. The confusing thing is that occasionally a good english speaker knows right and left so your left wondering whether to believe the Greek or go with the opposite. It's also confusing to say "yes" to a greek because in their language the word for that is "neh", sounds alot like no to me.

We took the 1 hour train ride from Athens to Corinth and hopped off the train with no car, no idea where we were going, and no hotel booked for the night. I soon learned that Corinth to the Greek is not the Corinth that I was looking for. Their is an Archaic Corinth and a Corinth, the ancient city is about 10 miles outside of the corinth on the coast so we hopped on a couple buses and made our way out to ancient corinth with all our luggage in hand. We were dropped off abruply in the middle of nowhere and as the guy stopped the bus I said :" We get off here"? he said "Thank you" so I grabbed our stuff and we got off. It seemed like a bad dream at first as we were surrounded by fields and farms with no fellow tourists in site. In corinth the Greeks don't really speak english like they do in Athens so it's a little tougher to make your way places. Nevertheless we rounded the corner and sure enough there was the Temple of Apollo which was on the edge of the city of Corinth. From the gate Ancient Corinth looked sort of bland but figuring the trouble to get out there that we had to check it out for 12 euro or 15 bucks. We paid our fee and walked around the corner to see past the Temple of Apollo and it was like a ba bam! There was Corinth. It was roughly 2 or 3 full football fields put together of a city that was still well intact. It's still possible to see the stores, churches, fountains, temples, and homes. Ancient Corinth so far has been the highlight of our trip. The museum on site had all sorts of gods and relics from the city that really brought to life what life in those days must have been like. An eye opening experience for both Morgan and I. The hotel that we booked based on the recommendation of the lady at the ticket counter was a little place called Shadow restaurant and apartments. We had a view from here of Ancient Corinth, the mountain above it which has the Castle of Corinth, the new city of Corinth, and the deep blue coast. It was rather refreshing after the hustle and bustle of the city. This was to be our last nite on the Pelopponnese island and the next morning our plan was to head toward the port near athens called Pireaus, from here we could take a 9 hour ferry down to the island of Crete which lies virtually in the middle of the meditteranean. There we will settle down a bit and try to live life like more like a Greek and less like an American tourist.
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