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Dec 31, 2004 - The Acropolis and New Year's Eve

It was so nice to see Lisa in the airport when I arrived in Athens. Even her lost luggage could not dampen the mood. We hopped a taxi and arrived in the Plaka area of Athens and found the apartment that we had booked. It was so nice and quaint. I couldn't wait to start cooking!!! After 2 very relaxing days shopping in the Plaka and waiting for Lisa's luggage we ventured out for some siteseeing. First stop...the Acropolis of course! You could see the Acropolis from our street and it was only a 5 min walk. The loftiest point of the Acropolis...

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My Time in Bosnia

Dec 16, 2004 - Greece

We spent about three days in Athens, Greece. One of the days we spent exploring the Acropolis, the Parthenon and Ancient Agora. Ancient Agora was first developed in the 6th century BC, but then destroyed in 480 BC by the Persians. It was rebuilt almost immediately and in the 5th century was the center of Athenien life for culture, economics and military power. This is also the center where our current democracy was formed with a Senate representing each tribe and a House to represent the people. There is also a location where Socrates used...

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Dec 7, 2004 - Last day in Europe

Stop at Corinth for evening and just make it in time to view 'Alexander the pretty mediocre'. Long drawn out affair with (for me anyway) too much needless dialogue between Alexander and his lovers/advisers. I can only assume that hearing Nigel Beachs exploits from working on the set of the movie (in both Morocco and Thailand) for 3 months built up my expectation a little too high. In morning I Drop Zoe off at port - she bound for island of Egina for some Wolfing (volunteer farm work). After returning sewing machine I spend rest of day...

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Nils Travels 2004

Dec 5, 2004 - International flavours

Hello Everyone!!! Well, we are now in Athens and have had quite a fun ride over on a 18 hour ferry. We met up with a 37 year old Canadian from up by us in Vermont, four really fun Mexicans, and 2 Greeks. We all sat downstairs in the Ferry lounge and played movie charades, which i must say was very embarrassing for me (just have a mental picture of me trying to act out "To infinitity and beyond!" by Buzz Lightyear, complete with take-off actions, in the middle of a really luxurious lounge with lots of olds people smoking). But we had tons of...

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Dec 2, 2004 - Ancient Athens

Another voyage, this time Athens calling. Arrive late and make-like-a-student in a "student-style-chillout-bar" and discuss philosophy and theoritical physics with Zoey. She later exlaims that she could punch a hole through the whole, if she wasn't so very very unlucky. Go figure. Next day we spend taking in highlights of ancient Athina, including the Parthenon and the big guys temple (Zues). After more enlightening discussions with Zoe, I am convinced I am need of a arts-n-literature awakening, so I buy myself a copy of "The Iliad" and...

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Nils Travels 2004

Dec 1, 2004 - Hellenistic Odyssey

As soldiers on deployment, one of the "perks" that we have available to us is to have two R&R (rest & relaxation) passes of 96hrs each and one HLTA (it's a two week leave pass). I say "perks" as your leave is what one makes of it. Some people decide to travel just a short distance away from BLMF, while others, like Don, Hugh & I decided to travel further afield. Leave is not only what one makes of it but also what can be arranged. Sometimes getting out of Bosnia can be difficult or, once out, making a connection with either a train, bus or...

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THE BOSNIA INTERLUDE

Nov 30, 2004 - Athens, Greece

Got to Athens about midday. Found the taxi stand at the bus station and got prepared for the rip-off ride to the Plaka area where I wanted to go. The taxi driver didn't know the Student and Traveller's Inn so she had me get on her phone to her dispatch and spell out the name of the place. A couple of times of this without success prompted her to ask a couple of people on the street where my street was. Finally, she found the area and parked at one end of the street I wanted. It's a pedestrain street so she pointed in the direction I needed...

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Oct 15, 2004 - Greetings from Athens (part 2)

Hope everyone is well. I'm fine, it's raining again (what did I say about Athena & Zeus yesterday) so I thought that a cyber cafe would be a good place to stay dry, and it has also given me the opportunity to upload a few photo's from my journey so far for your viewing pleasure. I have made a fantastic discovery today as UK students get free access to Greek sites/museums. So far I have been to the Acropolis and the Ancient Agora, and the fantastic Museum of Archaeology (well, it was raining and staying dry seemed the better part of...

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Oct 14, 2004 - Greetings from Athens

Hi all, It feels good to have actually started moving, although I have basically spent 23 hours travelling from Istanbul to Athens. Turkish trains are really slow and naff, Greek trains are much, much better. The Turkish trains manage the near impossible feat of making ours look efficient; well run & punctual. I will admit to being rather surprised as my semi-express to the Greek border was pulling out of Istanbul's Serkeci station we passed several local commuter trains Now the fact is that the tube in London and rush hour trains into...

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Oct 6, 2004 - Athens

After a very bumpy nine hour trip from Santorini, we arrived refreshed and ready to take on Athens at 2am local time. We were actually very lucky as the ferry was the last one through for two days due to high seas, something very rare around the Greek Islands. We stumbled around Athens for a few hours then into a nice hotel. The next day we checked into a youth hostel as we knew we had to be up at 1am for our flight again the next morning. We toured around Syntgama Sqaure, the Acropolis, Plaka (old town) and the original Olympic stadium...

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Sep 22, 2004 - Athens again

Extract from my e-mail journal: Well we came back to Aphrodite and the company separated, I stayed on a couple of days as I had still not seen the Parthenon! It was such a pleasure to go up there with Karen and Lauren, I am such a lucky guy! Lauren left that afternoon and Karen the following day. Before she left Karen and I managed to see some events at the Paralympics. The Olympic site is incredible the stadium is vast and when we were there it was filled with School children all shouting "Hellas, Hellas", whether there was a Greek...

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Andy's Wanderings

Sep 17, 2004 - We're Here!!! Yeeehaa!!

Hello Everyone, The Gypsies made it to their first destination! After a long plane ride of hell (we were part of the Seinfeld Episode-you know-where he sits beside the person that just won't shut-up!!!) Well, that was us 8 1/2 Hours of blah, blah, blah , blah, Spain, Sausage, blah, blah, blah. She was nice enough, but whow,shut-up!! Anyways, when we arrived we had our first episode of disaster. Kerry's zipper broke and it really drew attention to us struggling away with our bag in the corner of the airport, so Kerry just ripped it off and...

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