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Published: January 25th 2007
On top of Athens
Here's Derek and I at the very top of the Acropolis. I'm not too sure what the big hill is in the background. Alllll the buildings are far as the eye can see are in made in the exact same style, and the eye can see pretty far!
Well, Derek and I reached a new low today. We were kicked out of a children's playground. Hey, how would we have known there are playground guards in Athens? Why can't big kids have fun on the swings, too? It was rough. This very angry security guard yelled at us "THIS PLAYGROUND IS FOR CHILDREN ONLY!" And we were kind of like, "oh, uh, sorry about that," and began to gather up our things, but he kept at it. "How old are you?" "HOW old are you??" he demanded. We were trying to ignore that question but we could tell he wasn't going to let it go so we meekly muttered "21," to which he replied in a very lofty voice "WELL this playground is only for 14 and under. You're not under 14." "OK, we're sorry. We're leaving." Geeeeesh! You only have to tell us once! As we were slinking away, stewing about the injustice of being kicked out of a playground when there weren't even signs about the age discrimination policy, we happened upon an event that made our abrupt departure seem a bit worthwhile. There was some kind of a changing of the guard ceremony going on, and
It took some creative photography to get this photo to exclude any ugly scaffolding, which was wrapped around all the rest of it.
it was pretty cool. If I ever actually find some good internet I'll post a video that I took. Well, actually, we finally did find cheap internet today, after a 3 day search, but we're stretched for time at the moment because we're about to head off to a Greek Taverna for the one, real Greek meal we're allowing ourselves. We're seeking out a place with music. I 'm excited.
Today was pretty fun. We went to this Kerimikos place which was actually REALLY cool. It was a stretch of road/gate that had doubled as a burial ground. The artifacts they had were incredible, and amazingly well preserved. I was looking at baby feeding bottles which were, in some cases, over 3 thousand years old. It was absolutley amazing. I enjoyed it emmensly. We also went to another museum at the Ancient Agora (the old Athenian town center) which also had some great artifacts. I took some pictures, and I think I might make have my beavers make terracotta "offerings" of little horses (or whatever they want) when we return. I think it would be a run craft.
We also went to the train station and sorted out
Huge Theatre (of the Diocese?)
We're really confused about this theatre, because there was another HUGE theatre beside it, but that might have been a modern recreation (they apparantly hold concerts there) so.... we were left wondering what we were looking at. It was old. That we were sure of.
our tickets for tomorrow. I hope we can figure out what to do! We seem to have three tickets for a journey that should only take one... I'm sure we'll figure it out. Then we get to sit on a deck of a ferry for 15 hours in the cold. Hmmm. Hopefully it won't be TOO cold!
OK, I've really got to go here. Oh wait! One other quick story. Today, Derek and I were sitting on a curb resting for a minute before we went to the playground, and I ate a sandwhich. These two Greek guys walked up behind us and started having a conversation. Derek and I both independently kept an eye on them, because there really was no reason for them to stand there. Then they got a bit closer. Then a bit closer. When they finally moved DIRECTLY behind me I figured that was close enough and jumped up to and said to Derek, "Well! Time to go, don't you think!" And off we went. I always have a daypack on, and even though I use a carabiner to make access to my pack without my knowledge a bit tricky, I didn't want to
Yah.... I don't really remember what these arches were for. I think they were part of a shrine or something. But they looked cool. And they were old. (I don't seem to have taken much knowledge in on this Acropolis day)
test my luck. Honestly, I can't wait to get back to Victoria where I can fairly confidently leave my stuff lying around without too much trouble. OK, now I have to go!
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