Day 253: Acropolis 6/23/2016

Wally

Acropolis

Syd had the bright idea of doing everything before it got hot, so we headed for the Acropolis bright and early. She wasn’t the only genius today and the place was PACKED! I did my best to take everything in and enjoy it. At least we weren’t dealing with Chinese crowds where they’ll push and shove you. Here it’s just a bit packed. The view from the top was gorgeous, I kept staring out into the city and thinking this has been here for over 2 thousand years and the layout of the city is relatively the same. It’s just a lot to take it.

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Acropolis Museum

The museum is really cool. It’s actually built on top of the site of the ruins of the old homes of people that worked at the Acropolis over 2 milleniums ago. It contained pottery and sculptures from excavation sites and the Acropolis itself. I came to the realization that I’ve seen a lot of old shit this year and it’s really cool to be able to compare one ancient civilization to another. Looking at these sculptures and comparing them to the Terracotta Warriors was interesting. I noticed that both cultures put a ton of detail into their work, but the Greeks worked with marble, so what they created was a bit more impressive. BUT on the other hand the quantity and the quality of the warriors cannot be overlooked. Either way it’s just cool to see two ancient civilizations create things so similarly with no interaction with each other. It goes to show that we’re all human and at some point regardless of culture and upbringing we’re all prone to do the same things.

Naps!!!

We took a break around noon and took a nice long nap. We never really recovered from the jet lag of leaving SE Asia.

Exploration

We went back to explore a flea market we had walked by the other day. It was fun walking around and looking at all the stupid nik nacks. I had grown so accustomed to seeing the same stupid buddhas, terracotta warriors, lucky cats, dragons, chopsticks, buddha beads, ect that it was refreshing to see another country’s equivalent. While we were there we treated ourselves to some icecream.

Late Lunch/Early Dinner

We stopped at an outdoor cafe for our meal. It was cute enough and was a decent spot to do some people watching. I ordered a gyro, which is the first time I ever had one and I got to experience that in Greece! It was absolutely delicious! Syd got a Greek Pizza, it wasn’t the best and she looks so sad when she’s disappointed so we shared my meal.

Hotel

We packed up and worked on the blog. Off to Santorini tomorrow!

Sidenote

I saw a roadside booth that sold Monsters, energy drink. I hadn’t had one since we were back in the states and I always enjoyed them back then. I was really excited to get my hands on it again, but man…. Shits strong, like unnecessarily so. I had gotten use to the smaller and less sugary energy drinks from China. They were good enough to wake you up and allowed you to function properly, but monsters are way too big and contain way too much sugar. I was so amped when we were exploring the Acropolis and that nap we took was necessary because I was coming down from a mad sugar high.

Greeks are fucking awesome. We walked into a store with a little old lady in it. She was super laid back and told us to explore her shop at our leisure she wasn’t going to bother us and try to make a sale. Instead she said she’ll be in her corner and if we have any questions feel free to ask. It was really refreshing not getting pressured to buy things she has a good read on her customers when they come in. Syd had mentioned the Evil Eye multiple times and I saw a small one made of glass that would fit on her necklace perfectly. I wanted to get it for her, but when I went to pay for it the little old lady said that it was fine and that we could just take it. Seriously Greeks are awesome!

Sydney

First full day in Athens! YAY! We got ready and headed to the breakfast. The food was amazing and I definitely got my fill. We got up earlier than we thought so we chilled around the room for a little and slowly got ready for the day after breakfast.

First stop of the day was the Acropolis. We wanted to do everything in the morning before it got to hot. Apparently everyone had that idea because the line was pretty long but we got in and Wally could use his student id. I left mine in the hotel but from now on I will carry it with me. It was fun again watching Wally’s reactions to everything and his face when we got to the top and he saw the Parthenon and the view from the top of the Acropolis for the first time. The view was just as amazing as last time. It was a perfectly clear day and no humidity. Man it is nice to be out of the humidity. We hung out at the top for a little and took pictures and walked around. Next, the museum.

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The museum was beautiful. It was nice and ACed as well. The museum is put together really well. We really enjoyed it. We ended up leaving at a perfect time because when we left, the line to get in was out the door.

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We came back to the hotel and took a nap. MMM naps!!! Once we felt all refreshed and revived. We headed back out and explored the bazaar that is near the Starbucks we went to yesterday. It was fun and we picked up a couple of things for ourselves. Along the way we found a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream stand and I had 2 scoops of flavors they did not have back home. It was so tasty. Wally got some as well. It was so refreshing on a hot day. We walked end to end and when we came back we found a fun little restaurant to eat late lunch/early dinner. Wally got pork gyros and I got Greek pizza. It was everything in a Greek salad just on a pizza. It was not the best but Wally’s was amazing so we switched.

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We came back to the hotel and packed up because it’ off to the island tomorrow!! YAY! I am so excited to get to Santorini since I have only heard wonderful things and my aunt and uncle talk so highly of it. 

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