May 2009


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Friday May 29th

Sites Visited: Paleontological Museum of Samos, Beaches

Where did we stay tonight?: Athens

Leaders: Ally Begly and Chris Johnson

This morning we woke up and had breakfast in the Astra Village. Since we had the morning off, all of us went different places. In the morning, Professor Christesen, Sarah, Ally, and Jason, made the trek to the epic Paleontology Museum of the Aegean. Highlights included a stuffed polar bear, bones from a short-necked giraffe that once lived on Samos, and, of course, the Kaplani, a ferocious cat that swam 2 km from the shores of Asia Minor, washed up on Samos, and terrorized the village of Pythagorio until it was defeated by two brave brothers. CJ and Professor Faro went to the beach, and the rest of us worked on our Iliad papers and Ephesus assignments which were due that afternoon. Around 3:00 we went to the airport, and flew from Samos to Athens, which took just as much time taking the bus and the train back from the airport to the hotel. Back in the Astor, we wasted little time and after getting our bags, had our final Iliad discussion in the dungeon/conference room in the basement. Afterwards, we all went out to eat. Tomorrow we have a day off, then one more day in Athens before we head on our final trip to the Cyclades.

Day 69 Photo Gallery:

Prof. Christesen, Jason, and Ally investigate the paleontological finds from Samos.

Prof. Christesen, Jason, and Ally investigate the paleontological finds from Samos.

A dino diorama at the paleontological museum.

A dino diorama at the paleontological museum.

Making it educational.

Making it educational.

Natural History of Samos.

Natural History of Samos.

Ally poses with "The White King"

Ally poses with "The White King"

Jason admires the regal plumage of the peacock.

Jason admires the regal plumage of the peacock.

The "Kaplani in the Vitrine" a wild cat who swam over to Samos in the 19th century, terrorized villagers, and was killed and stuffed by two brothers.

The "Kaplani in the Vitrine" a wild cat who swam over to Samos in the 19th century, terrorized villagers, and was killed and stuffed by two brothers.

"Embalmed Chaplain", according to the helpful signage.

"Embalmed Chaplain", according to the helpful signage.

Forest friends.

Forest friends.

A sneak.

A sneak.

Hatchling.

Hatchling.

Koalas grow on trees.

Koalas grow on trees.

Ally and Jason consider the Kaplani.

Ally and Jason consider the Kaplani.

Aquatic life.

Aquatic life.

Aquatic life.

Aquatic life.

The Moray Eel - good to eat, but indigestible.

The Moray Eel - good to eat, but indigestible.

A rickety wooden stair on the way to the Potami waterfalls on the Northwestern coast of Samos.

A rickety wooden stair on the way to the Potami waterfalls on the Northwestern coast of Samos.

The day's only live fauna.

The day's only live fauna.

The Potami gorge.

The Potami gorge.

More Potami gorge.

More Potami gorge.

Jason checks out the non-Classical sites of Pythagoreio.

Jason checks out the non-Classical sites of Pythagoreio.

Charile and Alex A. indulge in a game of Chess back at the hotel.

Charile and Alex A. indulge in a game of Chess back at the hotel.

A smooth flight over the Cyclades back to Athens.

A smooth flight over the Cyclades back to Athens.

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Thursday May 28th

Sites Visited: Ephesus (Hellenistic/Roman city)

Where did we stay tonight?: Pythagoreio on Samos

Leaders: Jerry Guo and Ben Kahn

Striking back against the Turkokratia:

Today marked our return to the land of the Turks and our attempt to take vengeance from the dastardly Turks for their control over beautiful Hellas for so long. Okay so we didn’t do that, but we did do some other interesting things today.

It was an early morning for us! The island lifestyle is not agreeable to such an early rise, but we all powered through with the assistance of filter coffee and delicious toast. A short walk down to the bus station began many hours in transit – we took a bus to Samos town, a ferry to a port in Turkey, and then another bus to the site of Ephesus. We were met by a chipper tour guide who took us on a four-hour walking tour of the site. The blazing hot sun reflecting off all the marble drove some mad. Highlights were the massive terrace insulae (Roman housing blocks) and the Library of Celsus.

After Ephesus, we journeyed back to Greece (once again taking a bus to ferry to bus) and began work on an assignment on the site. Many enjoyed the Burger King that was conveniently placed at the ferry port. Burger King is definitely not found in Greece; the King is a wanted man. The evening was spent working! With two assignments due tomorrow, we were in for fun times.

But thankfully, we have most of the day off tomorrow! The word jet-ski has been thrown around, which should be a soothing balm to assuage the burning sensation of leaving this island paradise.

Day 68 Photo Gallery:

On the harbor in Samos town to catch the ferry over to Turkey.

On the harbor in Samos town to catch the ferry over to Turkey.

A three hour tour.

A three hour tour.

...A three hour tour.

...A three hour tour.

(Just in case.)

(Just in case.)

Sun and sea.

Sun and sea.

Charlie gets oriented outside the entrance to Ephesus.

Charlie gets oriented outside the entrance to Ephesus.

Disembarkation from the special bus that Prof. Faro arranged for the group.

Disembarkation from the special bus that Prof. Faro arranged for the group.

Charlie is impressed by the remains of the Odeion at Ephesus.

Charlie is impressed by the remains of the Odeion at Ephesus.

A good-looking lineup in the Odeion.

A good-looking lineup in the Odeion.

Charlie, Dallis, KT, and Jason stroll down the via at Ephesus.

Charlie, Dallis, KT, and Jason stroll down the via at Ephesus.

By popular vote, favorite Ephesian monument - the WATER PALACE!

By popular vote, favorite Ephesian monument - the WATER PALACE!

The group pauses atop the main road at Ephesus to peer down to the library of Celsus.

The group pauses atop the main road at Ephesus to peer down to the library of Celsus.

A grasshopper of Lovecraftian proportions attaches itself to one of the monuments.

A grasshopper of Lovecraftian proportions attaches itself to one of the monuments.

Chris comes face to face with the demon!

Chris comes face to face with the demon!

Jason observes the katabasis.

Jason observes the katabasis.

Kathryn and co. make their way into the terrace houses.

Kathryn and co. make their way into the terrace houses.

Turkish archaeologists work on reconstructing the huge puzzle of shattered marble revetment from the walls of the terrace houses.

Turkish archaeologists work on reconstructing the huge puzzle of shattered marble revetment from the walls of the terrace houses.

Amazed by the well-preserved architecture of the terrace houses.

Amazed by the well-preserved architecture of the terrace houses.

The terrace houses.

The terrace houses.

The library of Celsus.

The library of Celsus.

Group shot at the library of Celsus.

Group shot at the library of Celsus.

Jason and Ben stroll through the gymnasium.

Jason and Ben stroll through the gymnasium.

The single standing column of the temple of Artemis at Ephesus, now the nest of a family of storks.

The single standing column of the temple of Artemis at Ephesus, now the nest of a family of storks.

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Wednesday May 27th

Sites Visited: Samian Heraion (Archaic sanctuary), Eupalinos Tunnel (6th century water/escape route)

Where did we stay tonight?: Pythagoreio on Samos

Leaders: KT Holroyd and Dallis Fox

Set to “Yellow Submarine” by The Beatles.

(Please feel free to play the song and sing along while you are reading this)

In the town of Pythagoria

On the island by the sea

The Dartmouth students arrived in Samos

On the land of pretty beaches

So we went to the Heraion

And a tunnel underground

And we ate by the waves

In a beautiful café

We all love the Samos Heraion

The Samos Heraion

The Samos Heraion

We all love to walk around the island

Walk around the island

Walk around the island

And our friends are all jealous

Cuz yesterday we went jetskiing

But today we had an assignment

(Musical interlude)

We all love the Eupalinus tunnel

The Eupalinus tunnel

The Eupalinus tunnel

We all love volleyball on the beach

Volleyball on the beach

Volleyball on the beach

(Strange noises interlude)

And we live a life of ease

As we walk among the ruins

Sky of blue and sea of green

On the island in the Aegean

We all love cooking food in our kitchens

Food in our kitchens

Food in our kitchens

We all love sitting on our balconies

On our balconies

On our balconies

We all love looking out onto the harbor

Out onto the harbor

Out onto the harbor

We all love staying on this pretty island

On this pretty island

On this pretty island

On a more prosaic note:

Today, we got up, ate delicious toast for breakfast, heard a lecture, took the bus to the Samian Heraion, walked along the beach, ate lunch, played beach volleyball, walked up the hill, explored the Eupalinus tunnel, finished our assignment, cooked dinner (in our kitchens!), and enjoyed the beautiful views.  It was a wonderful day!

Goodnight and we will see you in Turkey tomorrow!

15 Yellow Submarine

Crocodile Hunting at the Heraion:

Puppy overload:

Scenic Samos:

In an Ancient Tunnel:

Day 67 Photo Gallery:

Enjoying breakfast on the sunny terrace of our hotel in Pythagoreio.

Enjoying breakfast on the sunny terrace of our hotel in Pythagoreio.

Prof. Christesen gives a background lecture on Samian history from the hotel terrace.

Prof. Christesen gives a background lecture on Samian history from the hotel terrace.

The photographer catches a rare glimpse of the species studentus Dartmouthiensis in its natural habitat.

The photographer catches a rare glimpse of the species studentus Dartmouthiensis in its natural habitat.

A duck acroterion next to the hotel terrace.

A duck acroterion next to the hotel terrace.

Alex and co. wait for the bus to the Heraion.

Alex and co. wait for the bus to the Heraion.

Prof. Faro and Sarah wait for the bus in shiny euro-headgear.

Prof. Faro and Sarah wait for the bus in shiny euro-headgear.

Prof. Christesen negotiates the tickets on the bus to the Heraion.

Prof. Christesen negotiates the tickets on the bus to the Heraion.

KT grins diabolically on the bus to the Heraion.

KT grins diabolically on the bus to the Heraion.

A tree in the middle of the road.

A tree in the middle of the road.

Lecture under a semi-sacred tree at the Heraion.

Lecture under a semi-sacred tree at the Heraion.

A Greek Frappe break assemblage: coffee, cell phone, cigarettes, water.

A Greek Frappe break assemblage: coffee, cell phone, cigarettes, water.

Alex M. checks out one of the informational signs at the Heraion.

Alex M. checks out one of the informational signs at the Heraion.

Kait provides human scale with the single standing column of the Polykrateian temple.

Kait provides human scale with the single standing column of the Polykrateian temple.

Ben and Joe work on their assignment.

Ben and Joe work on their assignment.

Charlie and Chris discuss the many stages of altar at the Heraion.

Charlie and Chris discuss the many stages of altar at the Heraion.

Jason and Kait at the Heraion.

Jason and Kait at the Heraion.

Puppy alert!

Puppy alert!

Ally and an adorable puppy.

Ally and an adorable puppy.

Prof. Faro also likes cute puppies.

Prof. Faro also likes cute puppies.

Puppies frolic about.

Puppies frolic about.

A puppy grows tired.

A puppy grows tired.

Kait nuzzles a fuzzy puppy.

Kait nuzzles a fuzzy puppy.

Alex M. walks along the beach between the Heraion and Pythagoreio.

Alex M. walks along the beach between the Heraion and Pythagoreio.

An old-timey car at our lunch stop between the Heraion and Pythagoreio.

An old-timey car at our lunch stop between the Heraion and Pythagoreio.

Paradeisical lunch spot.

Paradeisical lunch spot.

Prof. Faro, Kait, and Chris enjoy a rousing volleyball match at lunchtime.

Prof. Faro, Kait, and Chris enjoy a rousing volleyball match at lunchtime.

Mad skillz are displayed.

Mad skillz are displayed.

Charlie et al climb up the slope toward the Eupalinos tunnel.

Charlie et al climb up the slope toward the Eupalinos tunnel.

Kate ascends the citadel.

Kate ascends the citadel.

Jerry gives a thumbs up to the citadel of Pythagoreio.

Jerry gives a thumbs up to the citadel of Pythagoreio.

Chris peers out over the Aegean.

Chris peers out over the Aegean.

Ally, Kate, and Jason get ready for the lecture at the Eupalinos tunnel.

Ally, Kate, and Jason get ready for the lecture at the Eupalinos tunnel.

Prof. Christesen lectures on the Eupalinos tunnel.

Prof. Christesen lectures on the Eupalinos tunnel.

Joe descends into the dank depths of the tunnel.

Joe descends into the dank depths of the tunnel.

Ally hams it up in the bowels of the earth.

Ally hams it up in the bowels of the earth.

The precocious tunnel-master directs traffic.

The precocious tunnel-master directs traffic.

Alex and Chris come to the end.

Alex and Chris come to the end.

Back from whence we came.

Back from whence we came.

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Tuesday May 26th

Sites Visited: None (Flight to Samos and Free Day)

Where did we stay tonight?: Pythagoreio on Samos

Leaders: Alex Assaf and Jason Spellmire

Students geared up this morning in preparation for a flight to Samos from Chios.  With an 8:25am departure time, we had to eat an early breakfast to hop onto the plane at the small airport nearby our hotel.  The ride was, how do you say, turbulent at best, and involved some unexpected low-altitude maneuvering.  Kathryn, combining drama and comedy, professed her love for CJ when it seemed our plane was going to fall straight out of the sky.  32.5 minutes after takeoff our plane made a surprisingly fast landing, miraculously sparing our lives.  What a wild ride Olympic Airlines provide.  Keep in mind, TIG, baby.

Once in Samos, we celebrated a free day.  Ben, Dallis, and Katie jet skied with dolphins in the Aegean.  Alex A. and Chris Y. sat at a café and ate, then sat on a balcony listening to music watching the day pass by, then ate dinner at another café. The water was a little cold, but the beaches were still pretty spectacular. Some of us were excited to finally have kitchens in which we made large dinners.  In the evening most of us ended up on the rooftop balconies watching the sun set.

Preparing for takeoff:

Sunsettt:

Day 66 Photo Gallery:

Chris and Charlie studying their cards carefully before the flight.

Chris and Charlie studying their cards carefully before the flight.

PCC with an intense gaze as he talks to his compatriot, Professor Faro.

PCC with an intense gaze as he talks to his compatriot, Professor Faro.

A Samian lizard.

A Samian lizard.

Beautiful flowers on the hotel terrace.

Beautiful flowers on the hotel terrace.

Ally heads towards the water from the hotel.

Ally heads towards the water from the hotel.

Boat/tavern (?) in the harbor at Pythagoreio

Boat/tavern (?) in the harbor at Pythagoreio

Tiny skiff in the harbor at Pythagoreio.

Tiny skiff in the harbor at Pythagoreio.

A more formidable vessel parked at the end of the quay.

A more formidable vessel parked at the end of the quay.

Deck hands winch something with vigor.

Deck hands winch something with vigor.

Pythagoreio.

Pythagoreio.

Harborside encounter with a beachbound crowd.

Harborside encounter with a beachbound crowd.

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Monday May 25th

Sites Visited: Emporio (Geometric town), Mastic Villages

Where did we stay tonight?: Chios Town

Leaders: Kathryn Mammel and Alex Maceda

FSP by the Numbers-Redux

Number of days completed: 65
Number of islands to go: 6 (!)
Number of pages of the Iliad collectively read: 5460
Number of pashminas purchased in Istanbul: 33
Number of cat photos Charlie admits to having taken: 7
Number of cat photos we believe Charlie has really taken: 15 (at least)
Number of liters of Fanta Lemon consumed by Barber: > 46 (and counting)
Number of “selfies” taken by Barber (estimated): 300
Number of covert owl photos (“owlies”) taken by PCC (complete guess on our part):¬¬¬ 31
Number of electronic items quitting on, lost, or nearly lost by C.J.: 4 (and counting?)
Number of romantic aristeiai experienced in Istanbul: 1
Number of inches Jason’s hair has grown since London: 2 (and counting) for a total of 5-6 inches
Number of memories made so far: Countless

Today was 1 of the 4 days on the FSP thus far made infinitely better by a museum closure. Finding the Chios Archaeological Museum closed (a “case of the Mondays”), we were whisked away by 4 cars to Emporios, 1 of the less than 50 Geometric settlement sites in Greece. The guard at Emporios had another, more curable case of the Mondays, and let us into the site despite its being closed. We watched an 8 minute DVD on the history of the site, climbed an 800 meter rampart, spent about 80 minutes on the site, and left for lunch on a cove in the small town of Emporios. We ate lunch at 2/3 of the tavernas in town, and then the math got tricky: we had 7 hours until the cars were due, 8 potential sites to visit, 18 people, and 4 rental cars. Given that we’re Classics majors, we forgot about figuring out the possible permutations and combinations (having even forgotten the difference between permutations and combinations), and split up into two contingents: the sandy beach contingent and the 19th century ghost town contingent. We all hit 2 mastic villages, Genoese sites developed around the tapping of the sap (“the tears of God”) from the mastic trees, now used to make soap, orthodontics, medicine, beauty products, gum, and soda (of which we collectively consumed 8 cans). Charlie took (at least) 2 more cat pictures, and then the groups parted ways.
The sandy beach group hit the beaches at Karfas. Of the 15 who went to the beaches, 10 swam and the other 33.333333% of the group stayed out of the water and read the 5 assigned books of the Iliad. After swimming, Professor Faro and Sarah gave the group a surprise assignment: building sandcastle models of famous buildings we’ve seen on this leg of the trip, setting the bar with their hippodrome. The group responded by building the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, which were judged to a disappointing tie. Sieging ensued. 4 sandballs were cast, and the mosques fell as if at the hands of the Greeks effacing Turkocratia from the landscape. To settle the score and win ultimate time, the group engaged in a “Dora the Explorer towel-poncho walk-off.”
Meanwhile, on the other side of the island, the remaining 3—PCC, Charlie, and Kathryn—skillfully maneuvered 2 small town traffic jams, passed through 5 Chian villages, and avoided 1 potential rockslide (and countless bands of roaming brigands), to discover the Chian ghost town of Anavatos, abandoned 187 years before by Greeks who jumped to their death in the War of Greek Independence rather than await their fate at the hands of the Ottomans. The brave 3 climbed over/slipped through 1 fence (when the 2 other tourists weren’t looking), explored 30-something abandoned houses (with wood elements still in situ!), and only narrowly evaded death countless times. Making it safely back to the car, the group then head to the 11th century monastery, Nea Moni, which houses dozens of pregnant cats, 1 donkey tied to a phone booth, and  the 3rd best collection of Byzantine mosaics in the world (according to someone who knows this sort of thing).
Around 7 o’clock, all the groups returned to Chios, grabbed dinner, divided into our 5 Iliad groups, collectively wrote 3750 words, enjoying our 11 hour extension.  All in all, it added up to 1 great day.

Update from Emporio:

Testing the well water at Mesta:

Ghost town on Chios:

Day 65 Photo Gallery:

A Greek fellow tackles the grueling commute.

A Greek fellow tackles the grueling commute.

Waiting to climb up to Emporio.

Waiting to climb up to Emporio.

Enjoying the view on Emporio.

Enjoying the view on Emporio.

Dallis decides it might not be so bad being a Geometric.

Dallis decides it might not be so bad being a Geometric.

The group explores the temple of Athena at Emporio.

The group explores the temple of Athena at Emporio.

Flowers and sea at Emporio.

Flowers and sea at Emporio.

Ben, Charlie and Prof. Faro consider the remains of the temple of Athena while Chris momentarily relieves Kait's of her self-photography duties.

Ben, Charlie and Prof. Faro consider the remains of the temple of Athena while Chris momentarily relieves Kait's of her self-photography duties.

Joe and Chris discuss the temple remains.

Joe and Chris discuss the temple remains.

View from the megaron featuring Kait and Ally.

View from the megaron featuring Kait and Ally.

Exiting the acropolis at Emporio through the impresive Geometric wall circuit.

Exiting the acropolis at Emporio through the impresive Geometric wall circuit.

Ally descends through the settlement at Emporio.

Ally descends through the settlement at Emporio.

Alex A. pauses on the descent to inspect one of the Geometric houses on the slope.

Alex A. pauses on the descent to inspect one of the Geometric houses on the slope.

Jerry takes a break under the shady trellis after our trek up the citadel.

Jerry takes a break under the shady trellis after our trek up the citadel.

KT and Dallis at the picturesque little harbor at Emporio.

KT and Dallis at the picturesque little harbor at Emporio.

Synchronized stone-skipping at Emporio.

Synchronized stone-skipping at Emporio.

Into Pyrgi, one of the famous Mastic Villages of Chios.

Into Pyrgi, one of the famous Mastic Villages of Chios.

Genoese-inspired vernacular architecture in Pygri.

Genoese-inspired vernacular architecture in Pygri.

Jason photographs the Genoese-inspired church at Pyrgi.

Jason photographs the Genoese-inspired church at Pyrgi.

Charlie and PCC prefer the domestic architecture.

Charlie and PCC prefer the domestic architecture.

Prof. Faro gives a mini-lecture on mastic production.

Prof. Faro gives a mini-lecture on mastic production.

An illustration of mastic producers at work.

An illustration of mastic producers at work.

More mastic architecture.

More mastic architecture.

Proof that Christopher Columbus is in fact a Chian, as local legend tells us.

Proof that Christopher Columbus is in fact a Chian, as local legend tells us.

Sampling the local Mastic soda in the plataea at Pyrgi.

Sampling the local Mastic soda in the plataea at Pyrgi.

Mast: like a Christmas tree in your mouth!

Mast: like a Christmas tree in your mouth!

Alex M. gets her fix of the good stuff.

Alex M. gets her fix of the good stuff.

Ben and Ally enjoy the well-preserved medieval village of Mesta, another Mastic village.

Ben and Ally enjoy the well-preserved medieval village of Mesta, another Mastic village.

Minotaur cart!

Minotaur cart!

Ben checks to see if he can call Scandinavia from a Genoese phone booth.

Ben checks to see if he can call Scandinavia from a Genoese phone booth.

A feline friend attempts to join our tour of the Mastic villages.

A feline friend attempts to join our tour of the Mastic villages.

Jerry and KT try to dissuade the young scholar.

Jerry and KT try to dissuade the young scholar.

KT befriends the kitten.

KT befriends the kitten.

Mastic faces!

Mastic faces!

Prof. Christesen gets the down low on Mastic production from a reliable source.

Prof. Christesen gets the down low on Mastic production from a reliable source.

Ben reads the Iliad on the beach at Karfas, just outside of Chios town.

Ben reads the Iliad on the beach at Karfas, just outside of Chios town.

The historical sand monument contest begins!

The historical sand monument contest begins!

Jason labours upon the sand Ayia Sofia.

Jason labours upon the sand Ayia Sofia.

The rival team tackles the six-minaret Blue Mosque.

The rival team tackles the six-minaret Blue Mosque.

Chris the Elder and Prof. Faro and their mini-hippodrome.

Chris the Elder and Prof. Faro and their mini-hippodrome.

The sand blue mosque in all its glory.

The sand blue mosque in all its glory.

Kait presents sand Ayia Sofia with justifiable pride.

Kait presents sand Ayia Sofia with justifiable pride.

A heated debate over the relative merits and demerits of the dueling entries ensues.

A heated debate over the relative merits and demerits of the dueling entries ensues.

Dallis, KT, and Ally attempt to lobby the judges.

Dallis, KT, and Ally attempt to lobby the judges.

After inconclusive balloting, sectarian violence erupts.

After inconclusive balloting, sectarian violence erupts.

The sad aftermath.

The sad aftermath.

Jason models the fashion find of the season - the towel-cloak.

Jason models the fashion find of the season - the towel-cloak.

After some trash-talking by Ally, a towel-cloak walk-off throw-down was inevitable.

After some trash-talking by Ally, a towel-cloak walk-off throw-down was inevitable.

Alex A. "working it" on the runway.

Alex A. "working it" on the runway.

Dallis works out the kinks before she takes her moves 2 the streets.

Dallis works out the kinks before she takes her moves 2 the streets.

Holding nothing back, Dallis breaks out the trump card: shimmy dance move.

Holding nothing back, Dallis breaks out the trump card: shimmy dance move.

Final verdict: the Jason dance, unanswerable.

Final verdict: the Jason dance, unanswerable.

 

Week 9

Week 9

 

Sunday May 24th

Sites Visited: Lesvos Archaeological Museum

Where did we stay tonight?: Chios town

Leaders: Chris Young ’05 and Sarah Murray ’04

On Lesbos, although we had little time to explore the island, we made the most of it. After a morning spent investigating the local archaeological museum, focusing on the Roman mosaics from several local houses, we split into three groups. One group stayed in Mytiline catching up on various errands. One group took a rental mini van and drove northwards to Methymno, the second city of the island. It has changed little since the nineteenth century, but we had very little time to wander around and appreciate its charm. Instead, our time was spent eating lunch and briefly dipping into the Aegean for a post -meal swim. The last group also headed to Methymno, but only as a brief (and out of the way) detour to the petrified forest on the western side of the island. We arrived shortly before closing time, and the local guard was unwilling to allow us entry into the site. After that, it was a race back to the port to board the evening ferry to Chios. In retrospect, our time in Lesbos was not particularly successful, in an archaeological or tourist sense, but we managed to make something out of what little we had. While we didn’t see any sights, per se, we did see much of the island itself during the various car trips into the countryside. Oh, by the way, the author of this report is a guest to this trip- I am a veteran of the 2003 FSP, and Sarah (the awesome TA) and I were selected as “all-star” leaders for today. I think “all-star” is a polite way of saying “old and probably cantankerous, been-there-done-that” alumni of the FSP experience. In any event, I was more than happy to give the students a break from leadership duties. 

Day 63 Photo Gallery

Alex A. and KT enjoy hotel breakfast on the terrace.

Alex A. and KT enjoy hotel breakfast on the terrace.

The Lesvian statue of liberty greets a cruise ship coming into the harbor.

The Lesvian statue of liberty greets a cruise ship coming into the harbor.

Taking notes by the Lesvos museum.

Taking notes by the Lesvos museum.

Surreptitious forbidden photo in the Lesvos museum.

Surreptitious forbidden photo in the Lesvos museum.

Lunch at the beach on Lesvos.

Lunch at the beach on Lesvos.

Finally at the beach!

Finally at the beach!

Swimming!

Swimming!

Kate and Kait timidly approach the water.

Kate and Kait timidly approach the water.

Skipping rocks on the beach.

Skipping rocks on the beach.

Kicking it on the beach on Lesvos.

Kicking it on the beach on Lesvos.

Saying farewell to the weird harbordome at Lesvos.

Saying farewell to the weird harbordome at Lesvos.

 

Week 9

Week 9

Saturday May 23rd

Sites Visited: None (various Turkish bus stops, Ayvalik ferry port, semi-unreality of perpetual movement)

Where did we stay tonight?: Mytilini (Lesvos)

Leaders: Ally Begly and Kait Barber

Today was a big travel day. After awakening very early (5:45), we ate a final breakfast at Istanbul’s Hotel Tria, home of the most incredible breakfast spread/desert bar that we have encountered so far in our travels. We then boarded a shuttle bus that took us to the bus station in Istanbul. Our bus was scheduled to leave at 8:00am and arrive at the port at 5:00pm, so we had a long ride ahead. Though some of us were expecting the worst, the Turkish bus system turned out to be a very classy establishment. In addition to having a satellite TV connection (even though only Turkish soaps were on), the bus had extremely comfortable seats, and, most importantly a snack and beverage cart. Most of us caught up on sleep/our Iliad reading during the ride. Around 5 pm, we arrived at the port, where we got ready to catch a boat to the island of Lesbos. After CJ had a high-speed chase to retrieve his camera, we were ready to go. The ferry took about an hour, and then we were back in Greece. We all miss Istanbul, but it was nice to have a gyro again after 4 days, because some of us were going into withdrawal. Tomorrow we check out the archaeological museum and head to the petrified forest!

Video on the boat:

Day 63 Photo Gallery:

Alex is excited about this eight hour bus ride!

Alex is excited about this eight hour bus ride!

Kate and Alex M. get comfortable on the posh "Camel coach".

Kate and Alex M. get comfortable on the posh "Camel coach".

The Camel Coach in all its splendourous glory.

The Camel Coach in all its splendourous glory.

Finally off the bus, Jerry commences his ritual search for Greek wireless networks.

Finally off the bus, Jerry commences his ritual search for Greek wireless networks.

The timeless romance of a boy and his loaf.

The timeless romance of a boy and his loaf.

Kathryn and Jason recover from the long bus ride.

Kathryn and Jason recover from the long bus ride.

Chris returns from a dramatic high speed taxi/camel coach chase featuring diverse cinematic shenanigans.

Chris returns from a dramatic high speed taxi/camel coach chase featuring diverse cinematic shenanigans.

The picturesque ferry port at Ayvalik.

The picturesque ferry port at Ayvalik.

Ben relaxes on the lawn with some young Turks.

Ben relaxes on the lawn with some young Turks.

On the ferry to Lesvos.

On the ferry to Lesvos.

Relaxing on the boat to Lesvos.

Relaxing on the boat to Lesvos.

A party boat in the harbor at Ayvalik.

The party boat Bambi having more fun than our boat in the harbor at Ayvalik.

Alex and Joe smile the smile of crazed travellers who have lost all sense of time and space.

Alex and Joe smile the smile of crazed travellers who have lost all sense of time and space.

Jerry is gripped by his new 4,000 page Science Fiction novel.

Jerry is gripped by his new 4,000 page Science Fiction novel.

Ben and his ladies on the boat.

Ben and his ladies on the boat.

Prof. Christesen snaps an "Owlie."

Prof. Christesen snaps an "Owlie."

Approach to Mytilini on Lesvos.

Approach to Mytilini on Lesvos.

Coming into the port of Mytilini as the sun sets.

Coming into the port of Mytilini as the sun sets.


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