On the final day in Athens, our group went to the Archaelogical Museum and made a short stop in Corinth before finally returning to Nafplion. There was a fun coin exhibit that showed the incidences of myth in old coins, but what everything liked best was probably this giant Zeus head that was there introducing the gods.
People keep asking me how the economy is doing here. Well, today was some sort of general strike, so none of the interns went to work. One of them is stuck in the hospital, despite being quite recovered now, because the specialist is on strike and won’t be in the hospital to check him out. There is so much discontent here.
Well, more time to blog.
We woke up bright and early on the second day in Athens to climb the Acropolis. In Athens, there are a great many dogs, more so than Nafplion. One followed us alone the way to the basee of the Acropolis until one of the interns told it to go away, in Greek. While waiting in line to get into the Acropolis, there was a huge dog fight that scared half our group from sitting patiently listening to Mata, our teacher-tour guide.
Dear Mom, all the dogs here in Greece are HUGE. Half bear, I think. Beware.
Thankfully, most seemed too tired to do anything but sit.
My overall impression of Athens: Acropolis and ancient ruins, A+. The city itself, not so much. At least, I wasn’t enamored with it enough as I was with other European cities that I would want to return anytime soon. Still, the sights were unarguably worth seeing, and I learned so much more from this excursion not just about history, but about the country’s life itself.
And the color of life...is purple.
I’ve finally started the interning part of my summer, and so far it was been very very relaxing. I work long-distance for The Foundation for Hellenic World, which is in Athens, so yesterday my partner Efi and I went to Athens to visit the office. The rest of the time we’ll just work at the Center here in Nafplion.
The bus ride to Athens was very long because it stopped at every tiny little village on the way. (I pretty much slept the whole way.) The subway was very, very rickety and old. But the view it had was amazing; Athens just felt like a giant park! From where we got out on the subway, I could see the Acropolis in the distance: