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Jun 18, 2011 - SF meets Zeus?

So today was our only day here in Athens. We took a ridiculously long (5.5 hrs) ferry ride from Santorini to Athens late last night, checked in to our hotel, slept, and got up to spend the day touring around Athens. We leave tomorrow at like 5:30am to fly out to Venice. And, while I originally thought that one day wouldn't be enough time to see all that I wanted, I find myself full to the brim AND fulfilled enough to come back to the hotel at 8pm, sit in the air-conditioned room, and watch Greek Idol (Yes, I already have a favorite. Her...

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Ultimate Euro Trip!

May 31, 2011 - Athens, Oldest Capital of Europe

As excitement mounted, the ship berthed at Kanelos Terminal in the port for Athens, one of the oldest cities of the World, founded more than 3,400 years ago. The Olympic spirit soars in the winds of democracy in this modern capital. Our first impression as we left port was that the bustling city is almost gridlocked with traffic, 5 million people, 5 million cars, and very few parking spaces. However, we didn’t need to deal with that as we were headed for the ancient Acropolis, which dominates the Athenian landscape, perched high on a lofty...

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May 18, 2011 - Attaboy Airport

I have arrived at the Attaturk Airport in Istanbul. I thought about going into the city. Taking a cab, $30 45 minutes, getting a hotel, somewhere around $100, coming back in the morning $30, an hour and a half ride with traffic, and I wondered what I'd get out of it. I can't sleep when I know I have to get up so I'd drop $150 or so to go back into Istanbul. I said forget it I'm staying at the airport overnight. The inside of Attaturk Airport is actually quite nice and from what I hear several of the vendors stay open 24 hours. We'll...

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Western Civilization

May 17, 2011 - Revelations

I had read it several times. I had heard it from people who had been here but today I am here to tell you Athens is boring. 100 years ago Athens was a village of 7000 people clustered around the base of the Acropolis. Today it has 4 million people. Other than the Acropolis, the archeology museum and the agora, which can be done in a day it's like going to wichita. I am sure with enough time you can find something to do in this burg. The kids have a street protest every week to complain about the ennui. I took the over night ship from...

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May 16, 2011 - Bit of a riot

Monday Another warm day by the look of things. The roomie was up and out early, and is back about 8.30 as we wake up. She is still bitching about the smell, and all we can smell is a bit of citronella, and it wasn’t that bad to us. She buggers off and leaves us in peace, and the cleaner comes by, so we ask Irana if she can smell something bad in the room, and she says it is fine. Banana for breakfast, and then we are off to use the last of our four day pass tickets. We are feeling “more of the same”, but we have paid for the tickets and we...

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May 15, 2011 - Ancient Agora, Olympian of Zeus

It is Sunday, and many shops are closed, including the market and most of the street kiosks. It was another noisy night from the protesters, but there has been little sign of the immigrant community down the street where they flog off their stolen gear. Breakfast is the last of the stale bread with nutella nicked from a hotel we were at a while back. We meet Chris and Megan for a coffee before heading down to the metro station. The road to the town hall is closed off, and there are a few police and protesters about. We head down to the...

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May 14, 2011 - The Acropolis

Saturday We have our fruit for breakfast and leave for the Acropolis before it gets too hot. It was a noisy night last night, we are just down from the town hall and there has been a lot of protesting. Three days ago a local Greek was killed by an illegal immigrant during a street robbery. The local skinheads and radicals walking down the street with baseball bats, they are having a go at the illegal immigrants, and there is a sizeable police presence. It is a big problem here, and it has turned violent. Near where we are staying (close to...

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May 13, 2011 - Friday the 13th, and we are on a boat!

We dozed rather than slept through the night, but had a reasonable night. Tony wasn’t quite asleep when we reached the first port (Sifnos) at midnight, that was quicker than the way over, but on that trip we had a stop. It is noisy as hell, as is the next stop. The two tvs are still going through the night, one had sports, the other infomercials. Just after 5am we are woken with the arrival announcement for Pireaus, everybody out! We take our time getting going, the bloody toilets on our deck are locked but we are allowed to use the ones in...

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May 12, 2011 - Study break

Hello everyone, a short break from the study allowed me to come over to Greece to smell the roses, which are only just starting to poke their heads out of the tightly curled buds that they have been clinging to for months. The wind is trying its hardest to blow all of the tiny olive fruits off the trees and i had the devils own job to paint the foot bath at the pool between the eddies of leaves and dust and the very helpful four legged friends, i am sure if we look closely the pads on the bottom of all five dogs will have remnants of sky...

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May 11, 2011 - There's a Riot Goin' On

The cafes were empty. All of the people were either hiding in their dwellings or on the streets protesting. Speakers were set up on every corner blaring the rhetoric of some unseen agitator. This mornings march was put together by PAME the communist led union party. Today is a day of general strike. The airport is closed. The ferry services are closed. Public transportation closed. The acropolis was open but only briefly. I've been seeing signs saying something loud in red about may 11th in omonia. Now I new what it was the protest. My...

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Western Civilization

May 10, 2011 - Akropolis Now

They keep telling me the Wifi doesn't work in the rooms. Hmmmm. I don't seem to have any trouble with it. Although my IPad has been acting funny since it was seized by der Juden. I keep getting a blank page popup. I must have a geek pop it open to see if I am being watched by Mossad...still. Today the Acropolis was open and so I took the metro down there. If the wind wasn't blowing it would be in the upper 80s but the wind is blowing a gale so it's in the upper 60s. It will dehydrate you in 10 minutes out there. The hike to the metro is...

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May 9, 2011 - Athens: a city in ruins

I am out of the middle east. Now all I have to do survive Greece. The reviews say my hotel is in a bad neighborhood. I haven't seen a good neighborhood yet. The difference between the ancient ruins and the new ruins that are Athens is the ancient ruins don't have urine and snot on them because the Greeks and the huge influx of African refugees can't get close enough to eliminate their waste on them. The African refugee women tart themselves up western style and offer themselves as prostitutes on every street corner. The thing I can't figure...

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