My Life in Ruins

Trip Start Jan 24, 2012
Trip End Sep 04, 2012

Flag of Greece  , Attica,
Sunday, May 27, 2012

I freaking love Athens. It's one of the best places I've been to so far by far.

Yesterday was so amazing. I took a "free" (tips were encouraged at end) walking tour with three Jews, a German, and an Aussie. Our local tour guide was so cool and he gave us all these secret tips on how to navigate the city. He was informative and the history and mythology of this city is so interesting. The acropolis is gorgeous. It's high above the city and birds don't fly over it either not to anger the gods or wind updrafts. We went to this famous rock near the acropolis where St. Paul gave his first sermon to Athens. He made fun of them by saying how silly how many gods they had. Athens even had an alter to an unknown god and Paul said that was silly. I also learned cool stuff like basically everyone in 300 was gay (that's why they fought hard for each other). The spartan soldiers had only male relationships before marriage and they made their wives shave their heads to look more like men to make the transition easier for them. Of the original 168ish columns of zues temple like 18 remain. One got struck by zues lighting 100 years ago and it fell down. We also went to the acropolis museum (new) that had a glass floor so you could see the archeological dig below. That is neat. Our guide told us his friend got pissed drunk in Istanbul and woke up in a Turkish prison and he was charged with disrespecting turkey and charge with 30 years in prison. But the movie midnight express came out and they dropped him off at the border 3 months later. By the way Greece seems to be a lot safer than the news says.

I hung out with my new Jew-Friend from Minnesota for the rest of the day. We wandered into a bad part of town and there was a guy doing crack on the sidewalk. We left. We drank at the hostel that night with bunches of people and had these Greek strong shots. There is a rooftop bar that overlooks the Acropolis and it is stunning at night.

Today I went to the 2004 Olympic Stadium and I can see how it was beautiful in 2004 but it is a crap-hole now. Graffiti, leaking roofs, weeds, etc. It's like the Greeks want everything they build to turn into a ruin. The vendor I bought my sunglasses at today was yelling at this lady across the street and I had trouble paying him in between shouts.

I think I will go to Istanbul tomorrow.
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timbfisher on

Gatorann74 originally posted "Wow! This , we HOPE, will be our next trip - in 2013! Your pics are WONDERFUL! So glad your trip is going well! We'll try to muddle thru Trivia tonight w/o u! Have Nicole & Chad gone home?" (I accidently deleted it)

Rachel on

that is hilarious about the greeks wanting everything to turn into ruins, even the olympic 2004 stadium. i am so jealous of your greece experience. and the rooftop deck that overlooks the acropolis! woah!

timbfisher on

Thanks for all the comments Ann! You guys should definitely do a trip like this soon. Chad and Nicole left May 25 but I have some more friends coming to meet me in late June. Hope you are well!

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