Thursday May 7th
Sites Visited: Thermon (Aetolo-Acarnanian sanctuary), Nekyomanteion (Oracle of the dead!), Kassope (Hellenistic city)
Where did we stay tonight?: Ioannina
Leaders: Kathryn Mammel and Kait Barber
Choose Your Own FSP Adventure:
You wake up to another day in Greece. Kathryn and Kait, your leaders, bring you to the bus and you sleep on the way to Thermon. You get off the bus and wait for the guard to open the gate as PCC gives a lecture on the sanctuary. You walk down the hill and you see a) snow, or b) a wall
a) The snow is sitting on the ground. In Greece. In May. You cry softly to yourself as you think about the 90-degree day in Hanover. Bad Times. (Go to b)
b) The wall forms the base of a temple that was made out of wood, mud-brick, and terra cotta. You realize that the plan you were given doesn’t match the stones on the ground. In confusion the group decides to find out later and go check out the stoas. After seeing the site you head back to the bus with everyone else for a long ride north.
You arrive at the mysterious site of Nekromanteion (perhaps the site of an ancient oracle of the dead) after eating an amazing souvlaki sandwich while looking out on the Adriatic. You walk through the corridors, the labyrinth, and arrive in a central chamber where you can descend into darkness below. The stairs are dark and damp, and you wonder if Hades and the Underworld await you below. You decide a) this is definitely the site of oracle of death, or b) this is just a fortress.
a) The group is drawn into the dungeon room and everyone feels the spirit of the underworld. WOOOOOOO. You have an awesome time and check out the huge crack in the wall. Maybe the Underworld? Great Times.
b) It’s just a fortress? BOORING. (go to a)
You walk back down the hill to the bus, stopping for ice cream on the way. The group goes to Kassope to do some exploring. Everyone walks all over the ancient town and sees the theaters, a tomb, and ancient houses. You break into your group and decide what you would like to excavate. It’s beautiful. You head back to the bus, stop for the night in Ioannina, and enjoy a leisurely dinner at an Italian restaurant on the lake. Full and quite exhausted you a) attempt to intuit your way back to the hotel in the dark, or b) ask for help.
a) You realize the girls will never follow you and you give up and wait outside while…
b) The girls ask the waitress for directions. She asks the enormous Greek mobster (?!) at the table next to you who calls some friends, draws a map, and directs you safely back to your hotel.
You arrive at the hotel and prepare to sleep in late and enjoy your day off. No choice about that.
Oracle of the dead: communing with Dale Earnhardt?:
Day 47 Photo Gallery: