Tuesday May 5th
Sites Visited: Olympia
Where did we stay tonight?: Olympia
Leaders: Jerry Guo and KT Holroyd
As is usual these days, our group woke up bright and early at 7am to sample the delicacies of the hotel breakfast. The orange juice machine was both delicious and terrifying. Many FSPers were amazed by the toaster; such high technology is rarely seen in Greece. A short walk to the main site at Olympia yielded a locked gate, archaeologists setting up survey equipment, a beautiful view, and wet benches. After an eye-opening by Professor Christesen, we were met by the German Director of the site, Dr. Reinhard Senff. He gave us a spectacular lecture on the restoration work the DAI has undertaken in the past century as we moved through the site, and we were even able to see the current excavation work to the south of the stadium.
After another lecture by Professor Christesen (noticing a trend?), we finally took a break for lunch. Those of us who picnicked on the site were chased away by a harpy of a guard and had to encamp just outside the gates, like the Greeks of old. Others ventured into town to the FSP lunh of champsions: a gyro dripping with grease and tzatziki. After lunch, we proceeded to the museum to deliver presentations on various pieces of sculpture from the Temple of Zeus.
Then came the fun stuff. We were given a major assignment to draw site plans based not on chronology, but on function, in addition to a short paper. Clearly, the gods did not wish for us to do this assignment, as they sent a thunderstorm that poured down upon those of us who worked outside.
In a bizarre turn of events, the entire FSP got on the bus after the assignment was handed in to go to a restaurant in a small village nearby, well-renowned for serving olive oil-drenched chicken by the kilo. And many kilos were eaten that night at “Chicken Restaurant.” After a 15 hour day, we passed out on our beds, ready for another 7am wakeup call and even more machine orange juice in the morning.
Dr. Senff lectures:
Making it educational:
Day 45 Photo Gallery: