Wednesday May 6th
Sites Visited: Mesolonghi (War of Independence monument), Oiniadae (Hellenistic city-state)
Where did we stay tonight?: Ioannina
Leaders: Ally Begly and Ben Kahn
This morning we woke up early again (sensing a pattern…). We ate a quick breakfast and prepared to leave Olympia. But for the first time, we left a man behind (and a woman). Unfortunately, Joe was feeling sick, so he and Sarah stayed back to rest up and will meet us in Ioannina. We boarded the bus to Mesalonghi, where we made a quick stop to visit the Garden of the Heroes, a monument to those who died in the Greek War of Independence. After Ally located the museum, the rest of the group followed to check out the town hall/ shrine-museum to Lord Byron. After checking out the many portraits of Lord Byron and some dramatic paintings of the Greeks last stand at Mesalonghi, we headed back to the bus and continued on to Oiniadai, a Hellenistic city which is largely unexcavated. At Oiniadai we ate lunch and then split up into groups to tackle the various parts of the site. Some of us went to the ship sheds, and others to the theater, but the real adventurers of the group (or those of us selected by process of elimination due to our partners having a crippling phobia of snakes), Jerry, Ally, CJ, and Charlie, went to explore the southern fortifications and the enigmatically named House on the Hill. After bushwhacking our way through many prickers, snakes, and spiderwebs, we had a successful survey of the fortifications despite one small mishap with a piece of crumbling wall. We regrouped at the theater, and found nice spots to finish reading Books 2-5 of the Iliad in the breezy Greek afternoon. We wrote a bit on Homer and War, and then came to Agrinio, where we are staying at the third incarnation of the Hotel Galaxy. This evening most of us wrote our assignment, a Blue Guide entry on Oiniadai, and then turned in early because we have another busy day tomorrow, when we are headed to Thermon, Nekymanteion, and Kassope.
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