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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 - 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 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 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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Sep 22, 2005 - Day 26: Cairo to Athens.

Off to the airport today to catch a flight back to Athens. Our plane left at 11.40am and it was goodbye to Egypt. I was sad to go. We'd had such good times and Amaddeus had been so good and funny with his 'wake up, Contiki' and 'move your asses, Contiki', which became trip quotes. We got off the plane in Athens and waited for Sammy to come pick us up. We were all happy to see him. It took us a while to drive to our hotel but eventually we were there. On the way, I gave Mark a head massage and, of course, everyone gave me crap for it. Sammy...

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Sep 21, 2005 - Athens

Well here we go again! After an awesome over night ferry from Italy to Greece (It was like a cruise ship and since it's September there was only about 5 people on it! so we had deck and tv room all to ourselves--set up camp and had a nice sleep!) We arrived in Greece and began our trip to Athens to meet Clarky. We stopped off in a town Nafpoli for a night. Beautiful little town with many photos options and we'd planned to stay most of the next day but woke up to it absolutely pouring down rain and the worst thunder I'd ever heard that we...

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Sep 15, 2005 - Day 19: Corfu to Athens.

6.45am bags to coach, 7am brekky and 7.30am departure. We caught a short ferry trip across to mainland Greece, on the way to Athens. Three and a half hours driving till our next rest stop. Andrew rang ahead and ordered gyros for us all. These were great - chicken, chips, tomato etc and garlic mayo all folded into a soft pancake. During the next leg, Andrew introduced us to a game where he distributed a card to each person on the bus and the people with the Kings were murderers. They had to kill off all the people on the bus (by telling them...

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