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Jan 28, 2012 - I arrived safe in Athens!

It was a rough flight from the United States to Athens Greece, but the feeling I felt when I smelled the air, tasted it on my lips... I can't explain how full my heart is, how amazing my family is I was greeted by 36 family members who welcomed me with open arms, they laugh and tell me how greek I look haha and joke how american I am, My cousins...I can't wait to get to know them, I can tell they are hard working by there hands, rough worn hands, makes me reflect on my own, how different our worlds are, will they meet in the middle...

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Isiah Goes to Greece

Nov 10, 2011 - give it back!

Ships visiting Athens dock in Piraeus, a singularly unattractive town about half an hour drive from the center city. Considering there were 10,000 cruisers there today and this number of visitors is typical, it is surprisingly that the town has few stores or services directed toward us. Many ferry boats also arrive there throughout the day and bring residents from the nearby islands who come and shop for the household goods of daily life. That’s mostly what we saw here today before we took a tour into town to see the Acropolis Museum. The...

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Nov 9, 2011 - Day 10 - Athens, Greece

Although it is a bustling modern capital city, Athens still holds the ancient Acropolis and all of its history high enough for everyone to remember. The ship docked in the city of Piraeus, and with a short bus ride, we were in the heart of Athens, a city of about 11 million people. We headed straight for the Parthenon on the Acropolis. The word "Acropolis" means "hill" and the Parthenon is the large building, along with other temple ruins on the Acropolis. It was amazing to see how much of these structures still remain, and restoration work...

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Eastern Mediteranean

Oct 15, 2011 - LEAVING :(:(:(

Hey everyone I'm packing up all my clothes and gifts that I bought for each of you guys. I had a great time at the wedding ceremony and reception last night. There was one BIG difference between USA weddings and Greek weddings the best man helps the priest alot he has a huge part int he ceremnoy and the attendants aren't up there at the atlar area with the bride and groom. The food OMG was amazing and so much of it like rice, lamb, tomatoes, oil and bread. Desserts were bokulca a flaky cake wit hhoney and nuts, along with friut in honey...

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Oct 11, 2011 - Καλώς ήλθατε στην Ελλάδα "Welcome to Greece"

Hey and welcome to Greece I just got off the airplane in Athens and my host family was waiting for me with a big sign saying "MAGDALA" or Madeline in Greek. Greece is more than what most people think it has more than just crumbling monuments and crumbly cheese. It has changed into a vibrant modern European country. As well as being a cradle for the ancient civilizations and culture. Here are some common phrases that you'll need to know and will here: Hi! Yia (sou/sas), Good morning! KalimEra, Good evening! KalispEra, Welcome! KhErete, How...

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Oct 7, 2011 - Hydra

I have come down with a nasty head cold just as the the tour is winding down, so haven't done a lot the last 2 days. We are on the island of Hydra, a nice car-free island just 2 hours from Athens by boat. They use donkeys here to carry everything from groceries to the kitchen sink (I actually did see a donkey with a sink strapped to it's back). It could also be called the island of cats, as I have never seen so many cats in one place. There's a regular cat population explosion here. Since I've been feeling under the weather, I didn't do...

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Greece & Turkey 2011

Oct 7, 2011 - Athens

Athens:  After a day at sea, at which our top speed was 9 knots or around 10 mph..we landed in Athens.  The country is experiencing problems, not unlike the US..but it cannot print money and there are many factors that Greece may not be able to overcome.  Their advise to us- whatever Athens experiences -we will experience. On the lighter side, Athens was not nearly in as bad condition as I had anticipated.  True, the garbage had not been picked up and anything that had not moved in a week or more was "tagged.". The glow of the 2004 Olympics...

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Sep 29, 2011 - Santorini to Athens

Big day today. Time to say farewell to Greece and hello to Turkey. If we enjoy Turkey half as much as we enjoyed our time in Greece, particularly the islands, we are in for a great time. We woke early and Pete went to source our morning coffee while I wrote up some more journal. We packed up and went out for some breakfast, another drink and another walk before coming back in time for our lift to the airport. Goodbye Pension Petros! The airport is quite small so we checked in and waited in the upstairs departure lounge along with lots of...

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Sep 27, 2011 - Athens

Well, I spent a fantastic 2 weeks in the Greek islands, but now it's time to go to work. I arrived in Athens on Sunday, checked into my hotel and immediately hoofed it up to the Acropolis to see the one and only Parthenon. It's another one of those sites I've wanted to see ever since I was a tiny human, and it didn't disappoint. I had goosebumps walking through those ancient ruins, which thousands upon thousands of others had walked before me. It was just before sunset and the lighting was incredible. The tour began today, and so far, it...

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Greece & Turkey 2011

Sep 27, 2011 - Athens

Tuesday 27th September 2011 Weather:-24degrees/cool breezes Athens, Greece The port of Piraeus (Athens) was our stop today and we had a nice cool day for it. We had invested in an excursion today as we were not in port for very long, we were here only for 7 hours and the Acropolis is above Athens which is 10 km SE of the port. We were very lucky that we did not try to go there ourselves today AS THE WHOLE CITY WAS IN GRIDLOCK. With all the austerity measures that are trying to be enforced around here in Greece the whole of the public...

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Sep 20, 2011 - Aegina to Hydra

I woke up about 2.30am and spent a lot of hours talking to myself, sending emails and reading before anyone else arose. We headed out of port about 9.00am, heading for Hydra. No swims on the way today however Dave said there would be some good swimming spots (no beaches so you jump in from the rocks) when we arrived in Hydra. We sailed for about 3 hours before arriving and tying up. Tying up is an experience in itself. Pete is anchorman, David does the lines at the stern (we come into the dock stern first), Pete drops the anchor and then we...

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Sep 19, 2011 - Athens to Aegina

After waking early we headed off to the supermarket for our big shop before setting off on our journey. The shop opened at 8.30 and we wanted to be in and out as soon as possible so we could be off by 10.00am. What a supermarket, there was six floors so we wandered around and made sure we had our essentials....loo paper, beer, some food. We must have been a sight staggering down the road with all our goodies. Our reward when we got back to the boat was a cold beer. Our Canadian friends are pretty keen on their beer so this could be an...

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