Saturday April 25
Sites Visited: Thermopylae (Persian War battle site), Dimini (Neolithic and Mycenaean settlement), beach!
Where did we stay tonight?: Volos
Leaders: Ally Begly and Chris Johnson
After a delicious spread at breakfast of miscellaneous starches and tang, we bid goodbye to Hotel Philippos and the wonderful bowling alley (sigh) of Levadhia. We boarded the bus and headed to Thermopylae. Having just watched a recent adaptation of the battle, 300, we were all excited to see the site of the famous Greek and Persian clash of 480 BCE. After looking around and confirming the lack of mutant rhinoceri and/or giant trolls, Professor Faro gave us a lecture in front of the modern monument to the battle. There wasn’t much to see, because the coastline had receded back about 5km from ancient times, and what was once was a narrow pass was now just a road in the middle of a plain. However, it was still exciting to see the site of such a famous battle, and the Spar-Students announced their profession to the other visitors at the site (see video 1). Back on the bus, we stopped at an oasis of overpriced snacks, German tourists, and fascinating arcade games for a brief lunch. We continued on to Dimini, an ancient Neolithic and Mycenaean settlement, where we met Dimitra Rousioti, who told us about the settlement. After an informative lecture, Dimitra suggested we all take a trip to the beach and save the museum for the morning. No one protested. At the beach, we relaxed, played basketball, and had an intense FSP volleyball face off. After much (valiant) flailing, rolling in the sand, and ducking out of the way of the ball, we called a day and went to our hotel in Volos. Tomorrow morning we have off, and then we head to Chalcis, our last stop before returning to Athens. For a more creative take on today, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dimini lecture highlights:
Day 35 Photo Gallery: