Overall, we’ve been here for two weeks. It feels like a vacation that should be ending soon. It seems like we’ve been here forever. I love it here, but I wish my friends and family were here too. I miss seeing and hanging out with my friends, but I hate that I can’t even talk to them. I’ve gotten over the heat/hot water situation, but I can’t handle not having the internet. When school starts I think I will be in the lab all day.
I’ve been gaining weight too. The food is just so good here. We’re also looking for a gym that would be great. I find that here that I have a hard time trusting people. I just stating trusting the friends I’ve made at home, and now I have to give them up and start over.
Saturday we had 3 hours of Greek dance lessons. It was fantastic. I picked it up pretty quickly and it was so much fun. Rami was pretty good, and Sebastian was trying really hard. We said we are going to take dance lessons there, it’s 20 euro every month. We learned dances from all over Greece, and they let us wear belts and dance.
Sunday night we went to a restaurant with Greek dancing. I wasn’t very hungry for some reason, so the food was just okay, but the entertainment was great. There was a band, and a singer, then a lot of dancers. They invited us up on the stage to dance and the guys got to do a special belly dance. I have a video of Mark watching the belly dancer and he has a great expression on his face. We even got to throw plates at the end…even though they don’t really do that in Greece.
I’m living in Athens, Greece. It is very very beautiful, but there are many good things and bad things about this city.
Place where the greatest thinkers lived
The nightlife is absolutly amazing
THEY SERVE BEER IN MC DONALDS
Amazing amazing apartment…4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an entire floor, two balconies, great view.
No internet in the apt
NO RUNNING HOT WATER in the apt
The worse drivers on the face of the planet
There’s so much to say about this city, it’s so unique. You can walk anywhere, and the way the metro works, it’s .80 euro to go anywhere. The metro is a subway system…except clean…like emasculate. And there’s ruins in the metro…they were digging the tunnel systems and came across artifacts…so they left them there.
The weather is so nice, it’s about 70 in the day time and it’s a little chilly in the morning/at night. Because this isn’t their warm season here people walk around in heavy coats.
I’ve taken a ton of pictures so far, I’ve uploaded a few to facebook. I don’t think I will put any here anytime too soon only because of limited internet use. There is free WiFi in Syntagma Square (Constituion square) and it’s beautiful so I have a feeling that’s where I will be spending most of my afternoons.
The drivers here are like any city drivers…except if it’s between a driver or a pedestrian…the driver has (or possibly just assumes) the right away. Traffic lights mean NOTHING. And if a driver runs a red light and youre in the way…he’ll honk and curse at you. Yesterday I saw an old lady come inches away from getting hit by a car and the guy just screamed at her. Oh, and the mopeds rule. They cut down the lines and do whatever they want.
Greek life is pretty sweet. They start their day around 8, but then around 2 all the shops shut down. You eat dinner (which is a big meal) at 2, and then sleep until 5. At 5:30 all the shops open back up. They don’t eat breakfast here. But then between 9-11 they eat their other huge meal. The nightlife doesn’t start until 11…usually even 12, and bars are open til 5 or 7am.
I haven’t been to a beach yet (they’re not very populated yet because it’s still cold to them) but they aren’t very far.
We have two weeks of orientation and then Easter break for two weeks. I’m thinking about going to Rome for Easter. I’ve walked around and seen a lot of the close by things, like the Plaka, and the acropolis, and some ruins. Tomorrow we have an excursion to the acropolis. And this weekend we’re going to Meteora, a monastary up on a huge peak.
There is so much to see here and there’s so much to do. I hope I can update regularly, and possibly organize it a little better than this post.
I’m taking web design and enviromental science. Each of those classes is only 1 day a week, but for 3 hours. Other than that I have Greek language mon-thur for an hour and a half. It’s about a 30 minute walk to the university. It’s not bad because it’s always so pleasant here. But I can take the metro too.