Sunday, August 3, 2008

Athens Summary

Day 1- Robert picked me up at 5:50 to head to the airport. Arrived in Newark around noon, took the train to NYC and ate lunch in Times Square at Bubba Gump. Got back on a plane and stayed there the rest of the day.

Day 2 - Upon arrival at Athens' new airport at 12:30, transferred to our hotel. Went to Plaka (a lively area with lots of street vendors, shops and restaurants selling traditional Greek goods) to eat dinner with some team members who live in Greece. Got some sleep after being awake for 41 hours.

Day 3 - Headed out early to visit Mars Hill, the Acropolis with the Parthenon sitting high on the hill above the city. After that, we stopped by Syntagma Square (Constitution Square, parliament building as its focal point) and saw the changing of the guard (the guards were dressed in skirts and tap shoes – very intimidating). We visited a neighborhood, made some great contacts, then headed back to the hotel to enjoy a dip in the chilly pool before heading out to a Gypsy camp… then got arrested with my team, and spent 4 hours in jail before they let us go without pressing any charges.

Day 4 - Headed out early to visit another neighborhood in Greece. Got lost trying to take an unknown route out of the neighborhood, but was resuced by a British girl who knew the area. Had a really late lunch with our host, rode the tram to the beach of the Aegean sea. This evening enjoy dinner at a restaurant offering live traditional folk music and dancing.

Day 5 - Woke up and immediately headed to Mars Hill to reflect on our calling, pray, and collect some items. Went back to the hotel to eat breakfast and pack. Left at 9:00AM for the airport and arrived at home around 11:00PM.

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