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Apr 10, 2006 - Athens...or Athina!

You gotta love the consistency of people not giving a crap in bus stations. Athens was a little better than average I'd say as I found a woman who told me where, and how much, to buy a bus ticket for to get into downtown Athens from the Athens Bus Terminal. See, one thing about travelling by yourself without a set tour...you're on your own! It's like this...try to imagine that you book, say, a trip to Baltimore or Austin or Raleigh. You opt to take a bus. The bus arrives in the bus station (and you know that in each of these cities the bus...

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Apr 5, 2006 - Back to Athens

Tired. Not much sleep for the last night in Santorini (stayed up with Zoe, Kristy, Helen and Aaron playing "sociables" in the hotel room... hard to explain -think of "calvinball" in card form -at one point, as a punishment for not doing the action of 'taking the little man off your cup when you drink' rule, Kristy and Zoe had to act out a scene with Kristy playing a confused tortoise who'd been douced in canine pheramones, and Zoe as an overly eager stray Athens dog.... hilarity ensued). Looks like I'll be recalibrating for the next couple...

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Cognosce te Ipsum

Apr 5, 2006 - I will not say, "Do not weep," for not all tears are an evil

The time has come for another farewell, three more farewells actually. One to Kristy and Zoe, our joy partners for the last few days; secondly, this one more painful than the first (no offense ladies) to mamma; and lastly, the most ripping one of all, to Santorini. What a mythical place. It was a place filled with Atlantian mysticism, a utopian flavour that bombards your senses and natural beauty rivalled by no other single place I have visited during my short travels in this world, it will be sorely missed. I would love to describe it more...

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I AM SPARTUCUS

Mar 26, 2006 - In Athens!

I am in Greece! And from what I can tell, this trip is going to be great. I was reading in my guidebook that there are traces of people living in Greece 70,000 years ago! That's crazy... Oklahoma wasn't even a state 100 years ago. I can't even fathom this. It's been a long day of traveling. I flew out of London, so that involved taking the train from Leeds. My friend Nadia had a seperate flight, but we met up at the hostel. We are staying right by the Acropolis... I can see it from the window! Nadia got here earlier and presented me with...

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Mar 26, 2006 - On to Athens

How often do you find yourself at an airport, staring at a list of foreign city names, free to choose which city and which country you'd like to fly to? It happened to us a little less than a week ago. The Departures TV screen in Milan was our gameboard, and we played the game of chance with it for a few hours, our fate finally leading us to Athens and Greece, birthplace of civilization and also subject of great study and agony for me during my college years. I can read the letters of the signs, but I only understand a few of the words...

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Mar 24, 2006 - 61 views in a day and no one leaves me a message?!!

Sitting in the Athens international Youth Hostel (the sketchy one, we've been sleeping here and partying every night at the Athens Backpackers... a good deal. Nine euro a night but still all the fun of the good hostel) when in walks Hellen off the ferry. Marco Polo and the gods of chance re-encounters smile on us. Spent the evening walking up and around the acropolis with Aaron, Hellen, and the two Lindsays (west coast Canadian girls on a spacer year after highschool that we shared the room with last night, and were guided by the canine...

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Cognosce te Ipsum

Mar 22, 2006 - sketchy hostel!

For the first time since I was about four, I'm illiterate again. Never travelled in a country where they use a completely different alphabet. I mean, I look at the menu of the kabab shop and don't know if I'm looking at the equation to figure out the surface area of a sphere (props to anyone who can tell me the equation without googling it), or a note saying taxes aren't included. You don't realise how much of a language you pick up just from signs and so on, but pi sigma sigma delta theta doesn't help whatsoever. Pulled into Athens by bus...

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Cognosce te Ipsum

Mar 22, 2006 - Tale of a Mediterranean Sunset

This is the best way i can think of to describe the experience of the sunset our last night on the ferry. Neither the pictures or the narrative can do it justice. As the sun began to kiss the tops of the mountains, the world said it was time to go to bed, "just a little while longer," the sun cried out, "I don't want to go to sleep." "I'm sorry said the world, it's getting late." The sun began to protest, and the fuss it made was so brilliant and beautiful it was if the fires of hell were embraced by the rays of heaven. It filled the sky...

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I AM SPARTUCUS

Jan 24, 2006 - Settling In

atelyWell i have finall arrived! Athens is all it is hyped up to be! While waiting for my flight in Zurich, i was lucky to meet a couple of CYA students, which helped to relax me a bit. However, there was no talking on the flight, as all of us seemed to have a run in with crying babies on planes. You won't believe it, but i was able to get myself into business class, since the flight was barely filled at all. Champagne, fresh food, it was wonderful. Anyhoo, we landed at around 1130am Athens time. (For all you in America, Athens is 7hrs...

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Heaven on Earth!

Dec 8, 2005 - M: Athens

Athens... the city of the Goddess, is impressive thanks to its hundreds of BC-era temples and vestiges, concentrated in and around the Acropolis, but also peppered throughout the huge, sprawling area it occupies on several hills by the Aegean Sea. I expected to be blown away by the history this city breathes, but I also expected to find life here hectic due to the fabled traffic, noise and pollution. Surprisingly, once one wanders in the triangle Syntagma Square-Monastiraki-Omonia Square, there are many sights and smells to make time spent...

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Skipping Stones

Nov 28, 2005 - Our Cruise Ship "The Nautica"

On the Nautica.... We stayed a couple of nights in Athens and then traveled to the port city of Piracus,Greece to depart on our cruise. Out ship the M/S Nautica was on its first cruise named "Magical Maiden Voyage". Sailing from Greece to Singapore. Our schedule was: From Piraeus,Greece to Singapore,Singapore November 28th to December 22nd From Piraeus to Port Said,Egypt........592 nautical miles From Port Said to Safaga, Egypt........222 From Safaga to Muscat, Oman.........2355 From Muscat to Dubai, U.A.E............329 From Dubai to...

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Nov 4, 2005 - Berlin Schoenefelt Flughafen

Easy Jet to Athens at 17:00 uhr. We left Dresden with a heavy heart and great disappointment. We did not get into the Frauenkirche. The lines were too long because worshippers and tourists were put in the same line. If you didn't get inside the kirche by noon, the doors were slammed shut and it was "zum Teufel zeit" for the poor fools who waited for hours in lines that snaked round and round the Neumarkt. I'm going to do something very public and very electronic to express my disapproval of crowd control in the Neumarkt. Sometimes the...

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