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Monday, 30 March

Sites Visited: Herakleion Museum

Where did we stay tonight?: Herakleion

Leaders:  Joe Indvik and Ally Begly

Captain’s Log

6:00 a.m., Uncharted Waters (sort of)

We just anchored in the scurvy piratical haven that is Heraklion. After a long and restless night atop the fickle waves, in a vessel full of the wild and hormonal calls of Greek teenagers on vacation, we finally sighted land. It felt good to be on terra firma once again. We quickly sent three away teams of intrepid adventurers to scout the local inns for lodging. While we kicked back and enjoyed the high-life, eating bougatsa (a cinnamony custardish pastry-like delight of local origin), they scoured the city. Many of the knaves returned empty-handed. One team, however, was able to navigate these hostile lands and cajole the local innkeeper into housing our motley crew for two nights.

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8:00 a.m., Lobby of Hotel Kronos

Feast. The innkeeper made the mistake of letting 14 famished sea-goers dine at his buffet. After two loaves of bread, two-dozen eggs, and enough yogurt to feed a small army (we’re assuming Greek armies eat yogurt), we retired to our quarters and let the dreams of the open sea overtake our minds again (what was in that yogurt?)

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12:30 p.m., Streets of Heraklion

Captain Faro appeared and assumed control of the crew. She’s a hardened and seaworthy lass, accustomed to months on the sea with nothing to eat but dried fish and stale milk, second only to Blackbeard himself. She led us through the twisting and dark corridors of Heraklion to the Archaeological Museum. We walked along a coast once frequented by the most feared pirates of the Aegean (Crete was a haven for pirates under Arabic rule from 824-961 CE). At the museum, we examined the treasures of the ancient and mysterious Minoan civilization. As no good captain leaves his crew untested, we spent an hour writing about the long-lost tomb of an ancient nobleman (it was really a small sarcophagus).

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5:00 p.m., Plaka Restaurant

Feast. We are not sick of Gyros yet.

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8:00 p.m., Lobby of Hotel Kronos

The crew is entranced by the siren’s song of free Wi-Fi. Our captains left for dinner and we are contemplating a mutiny, given the early wake-up time tomorrow morning.

We probably will remain loyal to our captains, however, because we are promised a trip to the ancient site of Knossos.

Intro to day 9:

Working at the Herakleion Archaeological Museum:

Feast!

Day 9 Photo Gallery:

Our loyal caravel the surly Socrates

Our loyal caravel the surly Socrates

The triumvirate is complete: from left - Crassus, Pompey, and Caesar

The triumvirate is complete: from left - Crassus, Pompey, and Caesar

A Dark and Dangerous Street in Herakleion

A Dark and Dangerous Street in Herakleion

Which is bigger, Prof. Christesen or this double axe?

Which is bigger, Prof. Christesen or this double axe?

KT lectures on epiphanies of the god in Minoan art at the Heraklion Museum.

KT lectures on epiphanies of the god in Minoan art at the Heraklion Museum.

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