Well it is bittersweet to make the last entry in the blog as we wait for our connecting flight from Philadelphia to Kansas City. It has been an amazing trip! We go back and forth between being ready to be home and sad that our trip is over.
As you have seen from the blog, we had great adventures in a beautiful country. Our confidence increased in a variety of ways and our appreciation for the USA grew even as we recognized that there are other equally valid ways to approach life and business. We all pretty much agree…afternoon siestas are the only way to do business! Though we are not quite as convinced that running the waiter down to get the check is a business practice we want to adopt.
The students showed flexibility, adaptability, and responsibility and we are very proud of them. We all have memories that we will share forever. Some we’ve saved to share in person! We invite you to join us in a few years when we do our Greece reunion tour!
Our first ride on the Metro!
What a day! We started off our adventure bright and early. We boarded our coach with pillows and blankets in hand ready for the three hour odyssey to the town of Delphi where the temple of Apollo the Greek God of healing, music, and prophesy is located. When we arrived we were fully rested and ready to take in the gorgeous sights that greeted us. During our walk up to the temple, our tour guide Faye pointed out the different Treasuries that were dedicated to Apollo. The treasuries were built after a battle to commemorate a victory, and offer up a “tithe” to Apollo. The one pictured is the Treasury of Athens built to commemorate the Battle of Marathon
After which, we were lead up to the Temple of Apollo which is marked by six original standing columns. Quite different compared to the 6 by 15 columns that used to stand there.
After exploring the archeological site. We went to the museum where some of the original artifacts stand in all their glory. The crown jewel of the museum was a statue known as the “The Charioteer,” it was erected in 478 BC after a chariot team won a race. It is considered to be on the best examples of ancient Greek bronze statues.
We boarded back on our coach, and headed back to Athens. Tonight, we went to the Parthenon museum to a luxurious restaurant that had a glorious view of the temple. The Parthenon was lit up in all its glory, and we enjoyed our meals and the company of one another. Unfortunately for you… the pictures of the Parthenon will not do it justice. The sight was utterly breathtaking.
Until next time I will leave you with a quote by Robert Frost from his poem “The Road Not Taken,” “I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”
We had most of the day free today so we were able to go and do our own thing until 6pm, when we were to meet for dinner. A group of us decided to venture out to the Olympic Complex from the 2004 Olympics. We didn’t do any research on the Olympic Complex, so we had no idea if there was anything to do there or not. When we got off the metro, we were surprised to see that the Olympic Complex was in very poor condition. There was graffiti over the majority of the buildings, and the overgrown weeds sticking up through the concrete gave the Complex an eerie feeling.
Despite the atmosphere, we managed to find that the pool was still well maintained and appeared to still be in use today. We also found the track in good condition and managed to get a group photo.
After exploring the Olympic Complex, we met as a group around 6pm to go watch the sunset at the temple of Poseidon. The bus ride was quite long, but the view was definitely worth it.
To sum things up, it was a great day today in Athens and we are looking forward to tomorrow!
Hello everyone! Today was our first free day to explore Athens by ourselves and it was somewhat of a daunting task to decide on what to do. There are so many amazing sights to see along with fantastic shopping spots to cover. A group of 7 of us decided to make the daunting trip to the beach which included a short metro ride followed by an unfamiliar tram system. As many of the students here are from southwest Missouri, using public transportation is not something that we are used to. After a small mix up, we finally made it to the public beach at Kalamaki! The shore was swarming with locals who were enjoying sunbathing, playing beach tennis, and feeding the many pigeons. The group really enjoyed the vendors that roamed the busy beach; you could buy anything from jewelry, umbrellas, henna tattoos, beach towels, and even massages. Of course, we had to splurge and many of us got silly henna tattoos which will be long gone after one month! I know I found it the beach vendors tactics very interesting, well all of the Greek vendors we’ve seen so far. They are definitely not afraid to come up to you and offer you a menu or ask you to try on a bracelet! As business students, we are observing how different international markets conduct business and it is safe to say that Greece is quite different than the United States.
Matt getting his panther tattoo! The finished product looks awesome!
The girls and their discounted anklets
Overall, today was a great experience! The group of us were able to become more accustomed to Athens and practiced our bartering skills while the rest caught up on sleep and of course homework.
Tomorrow is another free day concluded by a sunset dinner at Cape Sounion!
Early start this morning; well what college students would refer to as early! We met at 7:45 AM, eager to sit in on a few “small claim cases” where we were able to relate the material being learned in our Business Law course to actual real-life events. Following the court cases, we met with local lawyer, Katerina Dimitriou to discuss what we had all just witnessed in the courtroom. The group was able to identify many similarities as well as differences between the Greek and American judicial system.
The court rooms were very small! We were able to find this empty room to discuss what we had just witnessed with the local lawyer, Katerina.
Our fancy looking group of professional study abroad students standing outside the Court House.
The court house is located just a few blocks from the famous restaurant we all have been waiting to try, McDonald’s! Yes, we have traveled thousands of miles away from home, but we still had to see for ourselves if the Big Mac still tasted like a good ol’ American Big Mac. From what I have heard, it was pretty similar in taste! After our tasty lunch, some members of the group went shopping and others went sightseeing.
Part of the group enjoying our Greek McDonald’s discussing the taste differences!
The other half of the group!
We met again at 8:00 PM to take the metro to a popular tourist spot: Syntagma Square. Syntagma Square is located in central Athens and is home to the Greek Parliament. We had dinner at a delicious restaurant just a short walk from the metro station. Following dinner, the group made the brave choice to give the metro system a try without our professors leading the way. Although many questioned if we were waiting for the correct tram, we all managed to successfully make it back to our rooms. We are ready to live in the big city!
We took a quick group photo in front of the Greek Parliament located in Syntagma Square before dinner!
Tomorrow is our first full free day here in Athens! Stay tuned to hear about our adventures!
–στην υγειά σας (Cheers in Greek) Ashley Lochirco
Today was a big day for our group. We met at 8 AM to get on a bus with Mama Fay and tour Greece. She told us we would arrive at our first stop in an hour and half. Our first stop was the Corinth Canal which connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf. All along the tour Mama Fay was teaching us history, mythology and archeology Then we continued on our journey to Mycenae. At Mycenae we went into the Treasury of Atreus, also know as the Tomb of Agamemnon, we also went to the Mycenaean acropolis while we were that. After that we stopped for some lunch at Kolizeras Restaurant which had a beautiful view. Then we went to a little pottery shop where they taught us how they handmake pottery and how to make it look like ancient Greek pottery. We shopped there for a while and then got back on the bus to go to Nafplio a wonderful little town where we had some ice cream and shopped more. After shopping we headed to the Theatre of Epidaurus which is know for its natural acoustics. After a small deminstation by Mama Fay we understood why it was known for that, even from the top row you could hear her rip a sheet of paper. After the Theatre we got on the bus one last time to head home. Almost a full 12 hours after getting on the bus we unloaded our stuff and all ran to our rooms to freshen up before dinner. We are planning to eat at a pizza place as a group. I sure hope its good, exploring Greece worked up an appetite.
Stayed tuned for tomorrows trip to a Greek Court.
The Corinthian Canal
Our group entering the Tomb of Agamemnon
Theatre of Epidaurus from the top row.
Today the group went site seeing in Athens! We visited the Acropolis Museum, the Acropolis itself, the Parthenon, and the other buildings on top of the Acropolis. While we were amazed by the size and the beauty of the structures, we are also a little sad to see that after all these years, they need some “propping up” with scaffolding. Scaffolding or not, we took a lot of wonderful pictures and stood in awe of the achievements of the ancient Greeks. Juan, a new member of the group helped guide us down from the top of the Acropolis, with his tail wagging the whole time. Juan is a citizen of Athens whose job is to guard the ancient site after it closes, but according to our tour guide Faye, he sometimes works the day shift and escorts tourists. Though we neglected to get a picture of him, you might have guessed that he is a guide of the canine variety and received his name from his buddy Matt Roughton.
Our tour guide Faye is a feisty lady who loves the kids and sometimes tolerates adults. For the students she passes out kisses on foreheads and cheeks and for noisy people in museums she passes out hard looks and “shushes.” Whatever her tactics, she always gets results and we love her for it. We enjoyed following her around. She is so knowledgeable about everything and has a wonderful way of putting a common send spin on history to make us understand not only what the history was, but to understand the reasoning behind the events.
After observing the historical sites we had lunch in Monastriki, a very crowded flea market area. This gave the students their first glimpse of exactly how crazy a crowded city can be. This, combined with a day of walking, brought the students to the conclusion that it was time for siesta after lunch. We bought a ticket for the metro, hopped on, and most of us have settled in for a quiet night. Ahhh… Athens!
~ Prof. Cossey