Trip Start Apr 01, 2008
Trip End Sep 23, 2008

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

As I reached Athens on a warm Sunday afternoon I decided to take a few days off pedaling and take it easy for a bit. I found the Hostel, locked my bike up in the caged luggage room downstairs, turned to look at it for one last time and then began reconnecting with my newly grounded feet.
I did a lot of walking that day; and the next as well. I walked up to the Acropolis and went down through the Plaka. Visited the local markets and walked up the big shopping streets and small Café spotted alleys.
And of course, throughout my three days in Athens I met various people who accompanied me on some of my excursions.
From the lonely French international business kid, apparently working alone in an Import/Export office for people he only spoke to on the phone. Spending his evenings in an overly crowded, dim hostel room without much knowledge of English doomed to wake every morning at 5:00 Am so he could catch the only bus to the firm; Getting by on beer, marijuana and the occasional Suflaki.
Or the American exchange student I met on one of my walks through the market - turned out she was staying at the same hostel - who was, as I discovered later, a professional Discus and Steel Hammer thrower.
And the Israeli all-to-good-hearted backpacker who apparently spent a few of his better years with some very bad people and now was 'catching up on his losses'. We spent the morning together at the National Museum where, in spite of a very preliminary knowledge of world history ("they count the years back and forth from Jesus' birth date!?") showed much interest in the sculptures and artifacts, pointing out phallus symbols and female spectators as we moved along the exhibit.
Athens turned out to be a very lively colorful and interesting city, but after describing some kind of sense I had, sort of like I was "missing something", Jamey, The American exchange student offered an explanation: maybe it is just too close to home..? hmm... maybe.
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