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Week 10

Friday May 29th

Sites Visited: Paleontological Museum of Samos, Beaches

Where did we stay tonight?: Athens

Leaders: Ally Begly and Chris Johnson

This morning we woke up and had breakfast in the Astra Village. Since we had the morning off, all of us went different places. In the morning, Professor Christesen, Sarah, Ally, and Jason, made the trek to the epic Paleontology Museum of the Aegean. Highlights included a stuffed polar bear, bones from a short-necked giraffe that once lived on Samos, and, of course, the Kaplani, a ferocious cat that swam 2 km from the shores of Asia Minor, washed up on Samos, and terrorized the village of Pythagorio until it was defeated by two brave brothers. CJ and Professor Faro went to the beach, and the rest of us worked on our Iliad papers and Ephesus assignments which were due that afternoon. Around 3:00 we went to the airport, and flew from Samos to Athens, which took just as much time taking the bus and the train back from the airport to the hotel. Back in the Astor, we wasted little time and after getting our bags, had our final Iliad discussion in the dungeon/conference room in the basement. Afterwards, we all went out to eat. Tomorrow we have a day off, then one more day in Athens before we head on our final trip to the Cyclades.

Day 69 Photo Gallery:

Prof. Christesen, Jason, and Ally investigate the paleontological finds from Samos.

Prof. Christesen, Jason, and Ally investigate the paleontological finds from Samos.

A dino diorama at the paleontological museum.

A dino diorama at the paleontological museum.

Making it educational.

Making it educational.

Natural History of Samos.

Natural History of Samos.

Ally poses with "The White King"

Ally poses with "The White King"

Jason admires the regal plumage of the peacock.

Jason admires the regal plumage of the peacock.

The "Kaplani in the Vitrine" a wild cat who swam over to Samos in the 19th century, terrorized villagers, and was killed and stuffed by two brothers.

The "Kaplani in the Vitrine" a wild cat who swam over to Samos in the 19th century, terrorized villagers, and was killed and stuffed by two brothers.

"Embalmed Chaplain", according to the helpful signage.

"Embalmed Chaplain", according to the helpful signage.

Forest friends.

Forest friends.

A sneak.

A sneak.

Hatchling.

Hatchling.

Koalas grow on trees.

Koalas grow on trees.

Ally and Jason consider the Kaplani.

Ally and Jason consider the Kaplani.

Aquatic life.

Aquatic life.

Aquatic life.

Aquatic life.

The Moray Eel - good to eat, but indigestible.

The Moray Eel - good to eat, but indigestible.

A rickety wooden stair on the way to the Potami waterfalls on the Northwestern coast of Samos.

A rickety wooden stair on the way to the Potami waterfalls on the Northwestern coast of Samos.

The day's only live fauna.

The day's only live fauna.

The Potami gorge.

The Potami gorge.

More Potami gorge.

More Potami gorge.

Jason checks out the non-Classical sites of Pythagoreio.

Jason checks out the non-Classical sites of Pythagoreio.

Charile and Alex A. indulge in a game of Chess back at the hotel.

Charile and Alex A. indulge in a game of Chess back at the hotel.

A smooth flight over the Cyclades back to Athens.

A smooth flight over the Cyclades back to Athens.

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