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Posted by Jason del Sur in Greece
June 30th, 2005

The Changing of the Guard . Notice the funny balls on the feet.

Brian in front of the Parthenon looking suave.

Parthenon Ahoy!

Posted by Sa Wat Dema in Greece
June 30th, 2005

June 30, 2005. Athens, Greece. We have arrived! After roughly 18 Chicago hours, and 24 hours in Greek time, we made it to the our hostel in the heart of the Stygma district of Athens. Contrary to what you might read about the city in older guide books, Athens is beautiful. From nearly every point in the city, you can see the Acropolis and the Parthenon (most people confuse the two: the Acropolis is actually the rock and fortified wall that the Parthenon temple sits on). Even though we didn’t get in until about 10 PM last night, we still managed to eat and find our way to a bar. Today we took a walking tour of pretty much every big site: the Temple to Zues, the ancient Agora (which isn’t too impressive), the Parthenon (which most definitely is impressive), the tomb of the unknown soldier from the Turkey/Greece war (one of them anyway), the changing of the guard at the tomb (yes, it involved guys with wierd uniforms with puffy balls on their feet), the botanic guardians, and the ancient theater at the Acropolis (where Yanni among others have played, a fact which was extremely exciting to Jason). Those puffy balls Greek soldiers wear on their feet were actually once used to conceal knifes. I guess they would literaaly try to kick the asses of invaders. Anyway, the Parthenon is awesome; it is this huge complex where basically for the last 2500 years, the athenians put every column and statue they could find (and which then everyone else tried to steal). there are like 3 different temples up there, a museaum, two theaters (two ancient ones, one of which is still used), many caves (which were where the first people in Athens ever lived), and a number of sidewalk vendors that sell water, Greek flag refridgarator magnets, and pronographic playing cards amonbg otherthings. You can see the whole city and the ocean from on top.
We are taking a ferry to Santorini tonight for the weekend. That just sounds cool, doesn’t it? Last weekend I took my Mom’s car to Park Ridge. Santorini is supposedly the most beautiful place in Greece. Whitewashed houses, windmills, blue-roofed churchs: here we come! Anyway, it is hot as it can possibly be here, but the souvlaki on pita is great and Ouzo does the trick.

Talk to you soon. We’ll put up some pictures (we took about a thousand). See ya’ll in Santorini!

A line of empty ouzo bottles

Posted by Sa Wat Dema in Greece
June 28th, 2005

Here’s the Indiana Jones line you’ve been asking for. Up to the minute coverage of our location.

UPDATE: This was originally a series of images charting our course from Chicago to Athens updated based on time as we travelled over the Atlantic:

Map of Greece

Posted by Sa Wat Dema in Greece
June 24th, 2005

A cool interative version of this map is located at:


If I were Indiana Jones, you would see a little red line charting my progress as I traveled through the cyclades, dodecanese, ionian, and maybe sporades islands, then on to Italy.

(That red line would represent emtpy Ouzo bottles.)

We are sailing from Santorini to Paros. This map doesn’t show it, but there are dozens of islands in between, and I’m sure tons of ridiculousness!

The Wine-Dark Sea

Posted by Sa Wat Dema in Greece
June 24th, 2005

Just as Odysseus before me, I must prepare to journey over the wine-dark sea

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