Bye bye Athens

Trip Start Aug 27, 2007
Trip End Jan 30, 2008

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Friday, September 7, 2007

Let's see where did I leave off....
That night we went to a resturant near Anastasias house and she ordered for us. We all got gyros and shared Greek salad, frieds, zuchinni and some cold cheese dip stuff. She even bought us dinner she is so kind and generous, I havn't met many people like her here! Most people seem to be in a bad mood and have an attitude like your bugging them when you go to buy something from them!  I mentioned to Anastasia that I have to try Loukomathes while I'm in Greece (they are like doughnut balls in honey syrup with cinnamon) , she knew of a place that makes them so we walked over to buy some, they made them fresh right there. I also got a peice of baklava for later, which explains the title.  I put the box in my backpack and honey dripped over everything and it was a big sticky mess. 
We sat out on the balcony and talked and ate our loukomathes, like a dork I had to take a picture of me with them of course.  In the morning we all took the bus to the metro and went our seperate ways for the day. 
I spent my morning exploring the ancient ruins of the Acropolis.  There is restoration going on so there is scafolding up everywhere.  I don't see the purpose of restoring ruins because that's changing a peice of history.  For instance there are steps and pillars with new marble filling in the gaps! It's confusing at first if you don't know because you think, wow! That looks really good for being thousands of years old!  It was swarming with tourists, and almost possible to get a picture without a zillion other people in it. The ground is uneven and slippery at times. From the top you can see all of Athens even out to the sea. 
Afterwards I wandered around the ruins of the Temple of Zues/Olympus, can't quite remember which is right.  Just enourmous pillars are left.
I met up with Austin at 5 so we could make our way together back to Anastasia's, we were too afraid to try to do it on our own, ok maybe more me, but we figured we could do it together.  Well we were wrong. We got out of the metro and though we would walk and have a beer at one of the first cafes we came upon. We walked and walked and never saw anything and the area didn't even look familar.  So we hailed a taxi, which smelled of BO and I must instert my 2 cents here when I say I strongly believe the usage of deoterant should be mandated into universal law effective immediatly.  I swore we were driving in circles so I called Anastasiato have her talk to our driver to make sure we were going in the right direction.  We made it just in time to run in and grab my stuff. We had a quick last drink before I caught the bus to the metro which would take me to the port. I didn't get to see Anastasia before I left but I did tell her thank you, she was a perfect host. It was a great first couchsurfing experience and I hope to do it again and can't wait to host people myself someday.
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