Athens is good for the ego

Trip Start Sep 07, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

The flight yesterday was uneventful, though considerably more comfortable than Air Transat (big surprise!). When I arrived Kika's careful directions were all for naught as the metro was closed for repairs. I did a quick figure of the bus system, and headed on my way. The first thing we passed was a giant Ikea! I guess some things are the same the world over.

I am staying right downtown, with Kika and her roommate, who I have yet to meet. They have a huge, gorgeous apartment which is walking distance to everything. Kika and I sat up visiting last night, until I was dropping from exhaustion! When the travel books tell you to not plan anything on the day you travel, they're right. It was only a 3.5 hour flight, but it took all day.

This morning I got up and headed to see the sights. Downtown Athens has very narrow streets, which explains the millions of scooters everywhere! It is quite clean as well, which is probably due to the Olympics last year. Although the haze of polution is terrible.

I visited the Acropolis and the Parthenon, the Ancient Agora and the Temple of Zeus. While very interesting, they were all wall to wall tourists, and it was scorching hot, so I didn't stay long. After I visited the Plaka, which is a village like area full of narrow cobble streets, lined with cafes, shops, restaurants. You could easily get lost in the maze!

Later I decided to hop on a bus and see where it went! I got a wonderful tour of some really interesting areas, and definitely not where the tourists go. The driver was a bit shocked when we got to the end and I was still there. But, I just hopped on another bus and headed back.

Athens is good for the ego! So far on day one I have been invited to dinner, a few offers to take me for a drink, and one offer to hop on the back of this guy's scooter and he would take me to the beach! All by random men in passing. Obvioulsy I look like a tourist. I'm sure I'll look back on this entry and remember when I was amused by the attention....2 months of Greece, Turkey and Italy may take it's toll!

One thing has to be said for the men of Athens though, there is a dispraportionately high number of them that are absolutely gorgeous! Yum. Oh, and Starbuck's is great, and I have been twice already, not for the coffee (I haven't purchased anything there!) but to find a decent toilet!!
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