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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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Oct 22, 2005 - Last night in Athens

On Friday, we laid on the beach as long as possible before having to return to the port to catch the ferry back to Athens. The ferry ride was long, again, but the boat was nicer and we managed to claim a couch and chairs and a card table for the ride. We also learned our lesson, and bought snacks at the port to eat while on board. Sarah also taught Anna and I how to play cribbage! Once back in Athens, we found the craziest taxi driver we could, who let all five of us jump in one taxi (against Greek rules), and played Greek music blaringly...

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Oct 22, 2005 - Back in Athens

After a brief overnight stay in the Island of Samos, I am on an early morning ferry to Athens. Along the way I meet more Nigerian Friends, who entertain me and feed me for the 12 hours that I am stuck on this boat. Arriving 2 hours earlier to Athens than expected (everything is in Greek time here which means nothing is ever as it should be, or to schedual). I meet up with Mum and Keith who have booked me into the hotel up the street, as their hotel was fully booked for the night. Another lovely night-out to dinner, and catching up on the...

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Jacki's Journey

Oct 16, 2005 - Athens (AT LAST!!)

Finally, the moment we have all been waiting for!!!!: I took my international business final at 9:00 on Friday morning, came home to pack, and we all met at the train station about 3:00. We took a train to the Rome Terminal, and another train from there to the airport. From there, we got on a two hour flight to Athens! In Athens, we got a cab to our hostel- the Hotel Lozanni. We had our welcome drink at the bar, then went to bed (even more uncomfortable then my bed at home, if that's possible). On Saturday, we woke up late and made our way...

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Oct 15, 2005 - Motorcycle adventures in Athens

It was 12:30 before we docked this afternoon so I did some chilling out up on the deck, reading and admiring the mountainous islands we passed. I had a few hours in Patras before the next train left for Athens so I wandered around a bit and found an internet cafe to pass some time in. The port town was surprisingly nice, with a big pedestrian street lined with outdoor cafes and cute shops. I had another 4 hour train ride to Athens and was really happy to arrive after travelling for more than 24 hours! I had some fun trying to figure out how...

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Kristy's World Tour!

Oct 10, 2005 - Piraeus and Athens

We woke to find ourselves amongst the most ferries I have ever seen in one place. Piraeus has a huge harbour filled mainly with ferries and, today, a few cruise ships. We had breakfast on the balcony watching the ferries coming and going. We left to walk to the metro station which we had been advised was a 20 minute walk. In fact it was nearer to 40 minutes. However, we found it and after that were quickly in Athens. We came out of the station following the directions and could see what we assumed to be the acropolis and headed for it...

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Oct 9, 2005 - Hanging out with Socrates in Athens

We landed in Greece after having slept only 5-6 hours during the previous 2 days. Needless to say, we were both a little road weary as we made our way through the history of the Greek agora, or market place. Through the haze, we thought we heard Socrates expounding and questioning about the virtues of man from the steps of the Temple of Hephaestus, but it was only a gyro vendor hawking his pitas. Next, in our catatonic state, we saw Aristotle lecturing a pupil in the gardens surrounding the Alter of Zeus. Nope, only a man telling his son...

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Oct 5, 2005 - Contiki - Athens

Day 16 - Travel to Athens Bit of a nasty bus trip! Windy, bumpy and we were upstairs on a double decker. Given last night, indeed the last 2 1/2 weeks drinking, there were plenty of dodgy people on the bus. This was sleep time as there was nothing to see anyway. We had heaps of space, so Jess and I both got a double seat to sleep in, but Jess was feeling a bit crook after an hour on the bus. On our lunch stop we found a little convenience store that had booze. In said store I found a lovely boxed bottle of Glenfiddich... for 21 Euro!!! Now...

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Oct 1, 2005 - Week Thirteen

September 25th (Gary) From our hotel near the rather industrial town of Elbasan we headed to the border and into the last part of the former Yugoslavia, having gained independence peacefully in January 1992, Macedonia is more like Slovenia in regards a more modern infrastructure than the troubled Bosnia, Kosovo and Serbia Montenegro. Our first town for shopping, banking and e-mail was the wonderfully named Ohrid, which was actually quite lovely with its lakeside bars, busy streets, countless 11th to 14th century Byzantine churches and hill...

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