Magic Jewball

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If it’s Tuesday it must be Athens

Filed under : Travel
On October 2, 2007
At 4:25 am
Comments : 5

Good morning, everyone! Today I’m having breakfast in a whole different square in a whole different city. I’m in Omonia Square in Athens (Greece, not Georgia) and along with my frappe I’m having a peach-jelly donut. I chose peach because the woman described the other one as “it’s like cherry.” No sale. This one’s a little bizarre but not bad. As I type this, two elderly ladies approach me with religious materials but although they have passable English skills, there’s no sale there either.

I arrived yesterday afternoon and got immediately lost. Again, this was not my fault as it seems that several of the main streets have two names and my map designers evidently decided to go with the less common one in each case. I did ask several people and although I actually showed them a map and we were literally 5 blocks away it turned out, no one could help me. An hour later, I found my hotel, which I nicknamed Big Brother Inn because you can’t turn on any electricity without their permission, you must leave your key when you go out and retrieve it upon your return, you sign for a remote control, and the free Internet is only servicible in their one IE window (I brought a USB drive with portable apps – useless). They also gave me 10 minutes of instructions at check-in which I promptly forgot.

Anyway, I spent the afternoon exploring the city and today I will attempt the Acropolis and Parthenon before heading to the airport en route to Jerusalem. So far it’s been fun and interesting except everyone forgot to tell me that Athens is full of stray dogs running in packs. Marvelous! In case you’re worrying about me having a heart attack, they’re actually kind of comical, really. They wait at lights right next to the people before bounding across the street. Nice.

Oh, and after a pleasant long weekend in the country, we’re back to chain restaurants, especially the Greek ones, Goody’s and Everest, but McDonald’s and Subway too. I popped into Starbucks just to see if they had frappes but they did not. Just frappucinos and music from Starbucks Records. Bleah.

Lastly, just a reminder: only a few short days till my birthday so get your song-gifts in, should you want to. Nothing from Zorba, thanks!