My Life in Ruins
Trip Start Jan 24, 2012
98Trip End Sep 04, 2012
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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
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.