Archive for May, 2009

Greetings from Athens

Thursday, May 14th, 2009
Athenian ruins

Athenian ruins

Well, I’ve finished my first full day in Athens, and I have lots to write about.  Unfortunately, it’s past 11 pm here, and I have to get up shortly after 5 tomorrow morning to catch a train to the port where I’ll be heading out on a cruise to the islands of Aegina, Poros, and Hydra.  Today was Athens day, and I got to visit the Acropolis, Parthenon, ancient Agora, and other parts of Athens.  I’ll write more about that later.

For now, I’m posting a few photos.  These are photos just from my day in Athens.  I’ll update the blog as soon as I can get to it, hopefully within the next day or two.  Below is around 50,000 words-worth of photos that should get things started.

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A belated Russian epilogue

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

The frenzy of activity that has been my life over the past few weeks has kept me from writing a proper conclusion to my travels in Russia.  My first opportunity to sit down and collect these thoughts comes now as I await my next travel adventure.  My flight for London and subsequently Athens boards in about half an hour.  Soon I’ll be retracing my last-minute steps through a travel guide, this time trying to figure out what’s worth seeing in Greece and how to say “do you have anything that’s not still moving” to the local waiters.  So it seems that it’s now or never if I’m going to elucidate my conclusions on the great grey country where I spent 6 chilly days about a month ago. (more…)