Week 6

Week 6

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:

Protestors young and old gather in Syntagma square on May Day.

Protestors young and old gather in Syntagma square on May Day.

Greek men demonstrate for a 35-hour work week.

Greek men demonstrate for a 35-hour work week.

Greek men give thumbs up for May Day

Greek men give thumbs up for May Day

Jason in his socialist outfit at the May Day demonstrations

Jason in his socialist outfit at the May Day demonstrations

Students carry flags for a Greek socialist party.

Students carry flags for a Greek socialist party.

Everyone gathers in the hotel conference room for Iliad pre-discussion in the morning.

Everyone gathers in the hotel conference room for Iliad pre-discussion in the morning.

Scene about Athens.

Scene about Athens.

The tiny Anafiote "colony" perched on the side of the Acropolis.

The tiny Anafiote "colony" perched on the side of the Acropolis.

Flowers in bloom in "Anafaki" (Little Anafi)

Flowers in bloom in "Anafaki" (Little Anafi)

Typical Cycladic architecture in the shadow of the Acropolis.

Typical Cycladic architecture in the shadow of the Acropolis.

Alex M., KT, and Dallis at the early evening Iliad discussion

Alex M., KT, and Dallis at the early evening Iliad discussion

Joe, Ben, Alex, and Sarah look raptly on as Prof. Christesen discusses book 1 of the Iliad.

Joe, Ben, Alex, and Sarah look raptly on as Prof. Christesen discusses book 1 of the Iliad.

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