All Blog Posts Tagged 'Greece' (24)

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…

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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

Ithaca

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:…

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

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…

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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…

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

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. …

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

Olympia

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…

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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…

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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…

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

Nafplion

Well hey there!  It seems I haven't posted in a few days, thanks to the on again off again relationship I was having with my internet back at the hotel in Hydra.  However, we are now off the island and in Nafplion, and with the help of an ethernet cable, I once again am connected!

 

Perhaps I should rewind and summarize a little.

We had the weekend free in Hydra, and it was blissful.  On Saturday I slept in until 11 and finished up a rough draft of my essay (due…

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Added by Ariel Lewis on July 11, 2011 at 10:20am — 1 Comment

"Nobody can explain anything which is unique. One can describe, worship, and adore."

Yesterday (Friday) was another busy day here in Hydra.  We got to wake up a little later to head down by the port for our fieldtrip to the local navy museum, which had old uniforms, weapons, maps and documents, photographs, ship pieces and artifacts, and some really amazing model ships.  I wish I could have taken pictures, but unfortunately it wasn't allowed.  The tour was self-guided, so we went through pretty quickly in under an hour and headed back to the hotel to have class at 11.  We've…

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Added by Ariel Lewis on July 9, 2011 at 3:15am — 1 Comment

This Post was supposed to happen yesterday...

Hey again all!

This adventure is feeling more and more surreal the longer I stay here.  I wake up and forget sometimes where I am and how amazing this country and experience has been.

 

Sleeping in the new hotel wasn't too bad last night.  I decided to do some reading and go to sleep early in order to have more energy for tomorrow.  The bed is pretty hard (like sleeping on a wooden board, with springs in it) but I slept a lot better than I thought.  The sheet felt like…

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Added by Ariel Lewis on July 8, 2011 at 5:20am — No Comments

Will the real Greece please stand up? (Hydra, day one)

This morning I woke up in Glyfada and tonight I will fall asleep in Hydra! 

First I have to apologize for no post yesterday.  Other than class, I didn't really do much besides laundry and packing, and I wasn't feeling great all day.  I even had to leave the restaurant at dinner without eating because I felt too sick!  I was feeling very homesick yesterday and missing my boyfriend a lot...which is why I think I was sick.  But after a night of sleep I was feeling much better and ready…

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Added by Ariel Lewis on July 6, 2011 at 11:25am — 1 Comment

Happy Independence Day--Delphi Trip

 

First off, Happy 4th of July!  I nearly missed it here in Greece…no fireworks or flags here!  But I can’t complain because looking out at the beach from my room’s balcony really is a great way to spend the holiday.

                Another exhausting day today (I am beginning to sound like a broken record) in which we drove roughly 3 hours to Delphi to see the ruins and museum there, then headed down for a late but amazing lunch, and 3 hours back to…

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Added by Ariel Lewis on July 4, 2011 at 11:38am — 1 Comment

Shop Till You Drop!

Today we had another day off and I decided to go with my roommate Anna, Julia, and Hillary back to downtown Athens to shop at the Plaka. It is a pretty touristy area tucked away so you hardly remember you are in the city anymore. It feels like an Italian or Spanish villa, with rows of restaurants, lush vine-like trees/plants, and narrow cobble streets (no cars back there!) Many of the shops sell typical tourist items so we did a lot of comparison shopping to try and get the best prices on…

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Added by Ariel Lewis on July 3, 2011 at 11:38am — No Comments

I Dream of the Acropolis

                This morning started bright and early at 6:45 am as the group of us trudged downstairs for breakfast in our sneakers and hats and set off for a day of sights and learning at the Acropolis, the National Archaeological Museum, and the New Acropolis Museum.  In all, we probably walked 10 miles (okay so I have no idea, but that’s how it felt!) and stood for about 9 hours.  By the end of it my back was hurting and my ankles were little balls of fire, but I’d say it was well worth…

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Added by Ariel Lewis on July 2, 2011 at 1:17pm — No Comments

Home is Just A Phone Call Away.

Because our Acropolis trip was moved to tomorrow, we had the day off from class today, and took full advantage of it!  I woke up pretty early, around 8, and did a little bit of homework before my roommates woke up and we headed down to breakfast at 9.  Then around 10 a large group of us headed off to the beach (while it was still somewhat cool) to soak in the sun and go for a swim.  I was hesitant at first, but I went swimming close to shore in the Aegean Sea!  It was strange because the sea…

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Added by Ariel Lewis on July 1, 2011 at 1:16pm — 1 Comment

It's a Beach Life

I woke up a little earlier today than I had the previous two days, because the room was so hot and it made me feel sick.  However, after getting dressed and eating another nice continental breakfast at the hotel, I felt much better.  It still couldn't keep me from feeling a little tired in class though!

Today in class we learned about 7000 years of Greek history, from the Minoans to modern day.  The thing that stood out the most was how tumultous and complicated the Greek existance…

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Added by Ariel Lewis on June 30, 2011 at 10:16am — No Comments

First Class, the Temple of Poesidon (on strike!), and Octopus?

Blog Post 6/29/11

 

Before I begin rambling about all my exciting adventures thus far, let me include a brief update of progress on the LIST OF IMPORTANT THINGS:

                --getting the internet to work:  I seriously think my computer has something wrong with it.  I haven’t been able to get internet all day!  Although my phone has worked occasionally, every time I try to connect with my computer it says there is something wrong with the computer’s network drives or…

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Added by Ariel Lewis on June 29, 2011 at 12:16pm — 2 Comments

At Laaaaaaasssst!

I have never run a marathon, but I think I can sympathize with those who have; this past day and a half I have spent 4 hours sleeping and the remainder sitting, walking, carrying heavy bags, and trying to figure out where I am and what is going on (also, what time is it?  Clock says 5pm, body says 7am, or maybe 10am?  Or maybe, PLEASE JUST LET ME SLEEP!).  But...I made it!

My flight left Sacramento at 12:30 am on Monday the 27th (mine and the boyfriend's 22 monthiversary :P) and I…

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Added by Ariel Lewis on June 28, 2011 at 7:38am — 1 Comment

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