January 29, 2009
The subject says "Welcome Back" in Greek (at least, google translate tells me it does).
Today, I'm in Athens, Greece. Last time you heard from me, I was in Rome, which was settled in 750BC, and I talked about how long ago that was. That might be a long time, but it's peanuts compared to Athens.
According to Wikipedia (and we all know wikipedia wouldn't lie to us), Athens has been continuously occupied for 4,500 years. Four and a half _thousand_ years. Think about how long ago Jesus is said to have walked the earth. A long time, right? Double that. Then add 500 more years for good measure. That's a long time. The Roman republic that everyone talks about? Guess where they got the idea? Right. All those fancy Roman pillars and construction methods? They might have shined them up a bit, but guess where they started? Yep, right here in Greece.
So what do you do in a city that's been around long enough that when it was founded there was a different polar star? Eat! Greek food is amazing! I can't wait to get it from the source. And since we'll be eating so much, it's a good idea to walk! Well, it's probably too big to walk the entire time, so we're also taking the bus. There's a route called the 400 line that takes you all over the ancient city for a low daily price. I expect that I'll be getting to know the bus pretty well.
I'm going to have to do a post when I get back and link to all the pictures I'm taking, aren't I?