British Sayings Said: Wankers, Bollocks, Bugger, Pimms'o'clock, Care for a cup'a tea?, Bloody Hell
23.09.2009 - 23.09.2009 74 °F
In case you didn't know, arriving in Athens at night is a little creepy, but by daylight a wonderous city. To get rid of the nerves we acquired upon arrival we headed for the local pub (aka bar at the hostel) and made some new friends.
We ended up spending the day sight-seeing with the three Brits.
We walked through a market on Athina St., then up to the Acropolis. Holy stromboli! How the hell did they do that? For only 12 euros (our friends got in for free because they're EU students... damn brits) we got to see 2500 year old structures including the Parthenon, the temple of Athena and Nike, a sweet outdoor theatre, the Temple of Zeus, Ancient Agora, and REALLY old pots. Seriously, some of those pots are like... 4,000 years old or something (we tried to sneak a picture for you, but our attempts were foiled).
Food today = awesome. Free breakfast. Who cares what it was; it was free. Lunch: tzatziki (greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic, other goodness) with bread, roasted eggplant (europeans call it aubergine... weird) stuffed with carmelized onions and something red that was super and topped with feta cheese. Have you heard of a cold chocolate? Think hot chocolate meets milkshake.
Dinner was low-key/cost from the market: red pepper hummus, goat cheese, avocado all on french bread. Give me a 'hell yeah' if you're feelin it!
The highlight of the day was definitely a hike up Lycabettus Hill (read mountain). To get here we walked through a very affluent neighborhood (rich people love hills), full of twists and stray dogs and cats. Then a park appeared and we hiked/walked up stairs for a while til we got to the precipice. WOW!
... wow. If you are ever in Athens, hike this, fo' real!!!
Ferry to Santorini/Thira tomorrow. Beaches here we come!