July 2011 Blog Posts (34)

Beginning of the End

The past three weeks have gone by in such a haze. For a while, it became a real juggling act of keeping up with my schoolwork, which is hard enough to do in the middle of July, and finishing up all of the end of year business, including starting to say goodbye.



Added by Judy Hanna on July 31, 2011 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Home Sweet Home

Greetings from Florida!

I've been here for a day and a half now and it's hard to even remember what I was doing four, five days ago.  But...I think I was in Kefalonia, having my last two classes, packing for the return to Athens, doing laundry, walking 30 minutes to get food in town...pretty much the same old thing we did every day in Kefalonia. 

I did spend one very nice afternoon at the 5-star hotel-across-the-street's pool, and I had almost forgotten how nice pool water…


Added by Ariel Lewis on July 28, 2011 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Quick update from the Athens airport!

in 2 hours my flight will be in the air headed for the us!  i had no internet at my last hotel and couldn't post--but i promise i will be wrapping things up when i arrive in ft. lauderdale.


thank you all for reading and i haven't forgotten about you :)

Added by Ariel Lewis on July 26, 2011 at 12:31am — No Comments

My Pemberley Moment

If you have ever read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, try to recall the scene in which Lizzy has her first glimpses of Pemberley. (Never encountered or attempted the above? A quick search on the Web for ‘Chapter 43‘ will do the trick.) Now place yourself in Lizzy’s shoes to behold:


Is that a palace at a distance? Yes.

Is that a bridge on the left?…


Added by Stephanie on July 25, 2011 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Museums Galore

I’ve been in the UK for more than two weeks now and I haven’t blogged much about one of the most awesome things here: FREE (for the most part) ADMISSION into museums. I’ve been to a few of free museums in Oxford alone: the Ashmolean (gigantic; I’m close to a working week’s time to get through it all); Oxford University Museum of Natural History (You have to see the dinosaur stuff, you have to see it! It all begins even before you enter the building, but only if you’re observant); and the…


Added by Stephanie on July 23, 2011 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Young at heart

I´m not a doctor, so I can´t exactly do a self-diagnosis, but I have found a couple symptoms within myself that scream ¨Little Kid Syndrome¨ recently. Here are a few:
1) I love all things sports, but when it comes to picking a team in the Copa America, I jump on bandwagons…

Added by Grace Sprague on July 21, 2011 at 4:55pm — 1 Comment


Today we went on a day cruise around Ithaca, the home of Homer's legendary Odysseus.  If exhaustion is any indication of fun, then I had an amazing time today!  I am sitting in the hotel lobby and the only thing motivating me to write this post is the fact that I want you all to see the pictures I posted:…


Added by Ariel Lewis on July 20, 2011 at 9:51am — 1 Comment

Thinking Outside the Box

For class today: Bath. Why? Don’t get too grossed out, but I haven’t taken a shower in a week and after hearing all of my classmates’ complaints about my smell, John decided that only the Roman Baths in Bath could cure me and we had to do it on a weekday.

Okay, I’m kidding about the showering, but today we had a class field trip to two major sites: Bath and Stonehenge. In Bath, we went on a self-guided tour of the Roman Baths, famous for its, well, Roman baths. Can’t…


Added by Stephanie on July 19, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Around the Island

Today we had our field trip/tour of the island, and it was one of my favorite visits so far!  We left the hotel at 9:30 and drove a short ways to Melissani Cave, which is an underground cave and lake.  The water comes underground all the way from the opposite side of the island near Argostoli, and is very cold!  It is a mix of sea and fresh water, "brackish" water it is called.  Walking down the tunnel to reach the cave, I was struck by a gust of very crisp air (yes! I have been waiting for…


Added by Ariel Lewis on July 19, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Cephallonia day 3

I have a little down time this afternoon after class, so I can get some homework done and update you all as to what's been going on here.


Yesterday was a free day and I used it to get a little taste of everything--I slept in until 10, walked into town for lunch (had chicken and pasta at "Mermaid's", a taverna), walked back and took a little nap, went for a run and did some abs, went swimming in the sea and laid out on the beach, showered, walked into town for dinner (omlette…


Added by Ariel Lewis on July 18, 2011 at 3:00am — No Comments


I wish I had the equipment to share the pictures I took of the Brazilian guys screaming with joy out the hotel lobby window onto the busy Avenida 9 de Julio when their rival Argentina lost to Uruguay in the Copa America…

Added by Grace Sprague on July 17, 2011 at 4:22am — No Comments

Viva Evita

Buenos dias!
I got back from the Evita museum a while ago...such an interesting place, I had to go…

Added by Grace Sprague on July 17, 2011 at 3:38am — 1 Comment

Ohh But the Breeze Feels Good!

Sitting downstairs in the lobby of our latest Hotel, Hotel Athina Beach, on the island of Cephallonia (Kefalonia).  There is a cool breeze coming in from the balcony and I am eating a juicy peach!  Doesn't get much better than this :)


Tomorrow was yet another long day (perhaps one of our longest so far), which explains why there was no post yesterday.  We loaded onto the bus and left our hotel in Olympia at 10:15 and drove over to our field trip at the Ancient Olympia site. …


Added by Ariel Lewis on July 17, 2011 at 2:06am — 1 Comment

Lost in Austen

Today I took a step back from fantasy literature and dedicated the day to one of the most incredible authors I’ve ever encountered: Jane Austen.

After an hour train ride that departed from Oxford, I arrived at the quaint town of Winchester. If I had to describe Winchester in one word (other than ‘quaint’), I would have to say . . . charmingly beautiful. Okay, that’s more than one word, but it’s one whole answer; same difference ^_^. To actually understand what I mean by ‘charmingly…


Added by Stephanie on July 15, 2011 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

A little introduction

August 20, my departure date, is nearing. Soon enough I’ll be blogging about food and cafes and pubs and awkward limited conversations due to language barriers… and food and cafes and pubs.

I will studying in Brussels, Belgium, for one academic year. I will be blogging primarily on my website, www.janellebitker.com, but I'll attempt to repost the travel-centric blogs here too. This post in fact, with the exception of the current paragraph, is…


Added by Janelle Bitker on July 15, 2011 at 8:25pm — 2 Comments

525,600 minutes (Culture Shock, Part IV)

It's a little hard for me to believe, but as of today, I have been in Europe for a year. One year ago, I stepped off the plane in Dusseldorf, went through the passport check, and said hello to my host country, before boarding another plane to Berlin, my host city.



Added by Judy Hanna on July 15, 2011 at 3:03pm — 1 Comment


Today, Olympia.


I woke up early to the beautiful sound of saws grinding and hammers...hammering into the wall behind my head.  Apparently nothing here opens before 10am, but construction starts at 7 :)  It's really a very smart thing, I think.


No worries, however.  I took the time to get dressed and pack away what I hadn't packed last night, and then headed into town to pick up some fruit and granola bars to eat on the trip.  We all loaded onto the bus by…


Added by Ariel Lewis on July 15, 2011 at 12:34pm — No Comments

The tale of Mistra and the 999 steps.

As Aliki promised, the past two days were utterly exhausting.  I can't believe tomorrow we are leaving Nafplion already--it seems like we just got here, and like I hardly had any time to explore the city because we were so busy with field trips!


Yesterday left at 8 am by bus to visit the medieval city of Mistra (spelled multiple ways, I have seen it Mystraz and Mystra as well).  The city is on a hill directly above where ancient Sparta used to be.  We drove through the modern…


Added by Ariel Lewis on July 14, 2011 at 3:21pm — 3 Comments

Mycenae (I looked up how to spell that, finally!) and Nemea

Well it seems I am at the tail end of another long day here in Greece!  Our professor warned us yesterday that this week would be very busy and tiring, and she was not kidding.

I didn't sleep well last night, to top things off.  I fell asleep easily, but woke up at 5am (at the exact same time we experienced a power outage), and couldn't fall asleep again after that.  So I only got 5 hours of sleep, and had to get up at 7 in order to get ready for our day.  After a hotel breakfast…


Added by Ariel Lewis on July 12, 2011 at 12:53pm — No Comments

Push It--No, Crank It---Oh, Put Some Elbow Grease Into It!

What happens when I'm out and about and have more-than-enough one pence pieces weighing down my bag?


One look at that shiny wheel and my fingers went a-rummaging through my loose change.


While each coin design cost me a pound, I have never encountered a penny presser/squasher/smasher that utilized a wheel, much less a wheel that urged me to redouble my efforts in the weight room. In fact, I never had to really work for these nifty souvenirs since…


Added by Stephanie on July 11, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments

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