Long Waits and Rides
On June 5th, Jenny and I embarked on our long-awaited trip to Greece. We were a little bit late getting to the airport. But since we didn't have to check any luggage, we were pretty much right on time.
We had a stop-over in Montreal, Canada, where we discovered the wonders of Canadian ketchup. Yes, that's right, Canadian ketchup from Heinz. As we took several bites from our fries, we realized there was a slight sweetness to the ketchup. We laughed, saying that maybe they put maple syrup in the ketchup. Apparently, we weren't that far from the truth.
Definitely better than corn syrup.
We sat next to this woman who was flying home to Lebanon after visiting her sister in Montreal. She talked to us quite a bit, asking us how we met, where our families are from. She even proceeded to show us her pictures from her trip. The poor woman does not sleep at all on the plane, so she makes a lot of stray observations.
Well, she noticed a couple to our left and a couple to our right. Of the couple on the right, she basically observed that they must have been brother and sister, since they didn't really talk to each other even though they slept on each others shoulders. Of the couple on the left, she quietly pointed out how ugly the guy was when he was sleeping..with his mouth wide open!
Generally, I'm pretty good at sleeping on the plane. I discovered that turning one of those travel pillows so that part of the arms fits under your chin. Your head gets a rest, and you prevent falling asleep with your mouth open. Win-win for everyone.
Landing in the Land of Myths
On Tuesday, July 6th, Jenny and I landed in hot and humid Athens. As we found our way to the Metro and rode away from the airport, we couldn't help but notice how the landscape was similar to driving through California. Some of the vegetation was similar, somewhat hilly with mountains in the distance.
After our nap, we felt energized to walk around the main square. We ended up walking to Monastiraki Square, which was a somewhat more touristy area and where the Athens Flea Market was located. As we explored the area, it was hard to ignore the amazing views.
|Ruins and a view of the Acropolis|
|Delicious Greek food!|
Another piece of advice was to not talk to strangers. Well, that proved really difficult when they were very eager to talk to us. On our first night, we were approached by a Greek man who proceeded to guess our ethnicities and what makes our ethnicities so awesome. He also tried to get us to go to come club, which we assumed he was hired to do, but we politely declined.
Interestingly, we were told before we left that there was a lot of stray cats that roamed the city of Athens. However, we only really saw a handful of them in the city. We saw a lot more dogs with collars wandering around. We also saw a lot of kids with accordions.
|Cat at Metro station|
|Dog stealing the Bubble Guy's show|
|Just another child with an accordion|
Coming up next: The Parthenon and Democracy At It's Best?