Friday May 1st
Sites Visited: None (Everything closed for the holiday)
Where did we stay tonight?: Athens
Leaders: Kathryn Mammel and Jason Spellmire
Our schedule disrupted yet again by the unpredictable closure of Greek museums, we had the morning off only to be woken early anyway by the chanting of demonstrators in the street interspersed with the tunes of Greek jam bands. Your humble correspondents, expecting massive rioting, ventured out to Syntagma square to investigate the May Day festivities. Jason inadvertently wore a red T-shirt which probably accounts for the Molotov cocktail that was thrust into his hands prior to his being roughed up by a police officer in full riot gear…Just kidding, Mom!
In fact, we were disappointed to find nary a rock thrown. Instead we found Greeks milling about in the streets, hanging out with friends, listening to music, grilling out, and saying things over loud speakers about how hard their lives are and the brutality of a work week greater than 35 hours.
Not having the day off ourselves, we convened at 11:00 for an introductory lecture on the Iliad, spent the afternoon reading and writing about Book One, and reconvened for a group book discussion/therapy session in the early evening.
We dispersed around six to pack for the next two weeks and prepare for our presentations at Delphi Sunday late into the night with catchy socialist chants running through our minds while thinking how nice a 35 hour work week would be.
Kathryn and Jason join in the May Day festivities:
Day 41 Photo Gallery: