A wide view of the Mars-like terrain of Wadi Rum. So Mars-like that it's where they shot The Martian. Tire tracks follow behind.

Is Not Chicago

shenanigans and tomfoolery throughout the world

Back from Mykonos

July 16, 2005 — Sa Wat Dema
Mykonos, South Aegean, Greece
Well, we have made it in and out of Mykonos, but only barely. Of all the islands we have been to, Mykonos is by far the most cosmopolitian, most trendy, and most expensive. The partying was great (what we can remember of it)… Read more


July 12, 2005
Amorgos, South Aegean, Greece
Hey everybody. We have so much to say and no time to say it. We are about to jump a ferry to Donousa, an island of about 110 people and as many donkeys. We are on a Morgos right now, which is beautiful. We rented a car and trekked to this amazing monastery stuck into a cliff. Things are going so great. I am really learning a lot about being Greek and life in the islands. Our captain… Read more

New Map

July 8, 2005
So I didn’t have time to make it very pretty (computer time is not cheap here), but here’s where we’ve been. From Athens to Santorini. To Ios, then Iraklia, the Koufonisi, and now in Paros for the next two days.

More Koufonisi

July 8, 2005
Amorgos, South Aegean, Greece
We have just arrived on the island of Paros. We had kind of a rough day today, two days of seeing the sunrise will do that to you. But we did meet some great Greek girls to spend the time with. They taught us some dirty words in Greek, and they laugh at our attempt to pronounce it. Everybody is very chill in the islands. No one rushes for anything… Read more

More Pictures

July 6, 2005
Thira, South Aegean, Greece
So I had some problems posting pictures from the particular computer I’m using on Koufonissi, so you can see some… Also from the island of Koufonissi, I have some pictures. From Athens, we took the overnight ferry to Santorini. It only took 12 hours. Here’s me from the beginning of the ferry: On Santorini… Read more

In the islands!

July 6, 2005 — Sa Wat Dema
Paros, South Aegean, Greece
July 6, 2005 Koufonissi islands, Greece. Sorry for the long time between posts but we have been in some of the smallest islands you could ever imagine. Our sailing trip started 3 days ago and we have gone farther and farther from civilization. We went to Ios, which is a really big party island… Read more


June 30, 2005
Athens, Attica, Greece
The Changing of the Guard . Notice the funny balls on the feet. Brian in front of the Parthenon looking suave.

Parthenon Ahoy!

June 30, 2005 — Sa Wat Dema
Athens, Attica, Greece
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… Read more

A line of empty ouzo bottles

June 28, 2005 — Sa Wat Dema
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

June 24, 2005 — Sa Wat Dema
A cool interative version of this map is located at http://www.greeka.com/greece-maps.htm 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… Read more