Sites Visited: Sounion
Where did we stay tonight?: Athens
Leaders: Jason Spellmire and Alex Maceda
Another day in Athens, and this blog writer’s earlier high-minded resolve to abstain from the nearby McDonald’s crumbled. Concerns about cultural imperialism are considerably less delicious than strawberry milkshakes and cheeseburgers for one Euro (or a Happy Meal, in Alex’s case).
Having most of the day off, we all did different things. Money was spent. Souvenirs may have been bought. There are lots of tourist shops that all sell the exact same things. We went to them. After the delightful shop proprietors in Istanbul (“Hello! How can I take your money?” “Lady!”) who were bizarrely familiar with towns in rural Ohio (really), their Athenian counterparts were a little dull, though one gave Alex a lucky Greek penny.
Around 4 in the afternoon, we got on a bus for Sounion, on the southern tip of the Attic peninsula, sans professors. TA and Blogmistress Sarah was our leader, a last hurrah before she left for her job in the Argolid, where we understand she holds court in a silk tent wearing a peacock-feather peplos and flanked by leopard cubs, occasionally sending for her litterbearers so that she may survey the progress on the site and toss coins to the people. Clearly a step up from babysitting clueless undergrads.
At Sounion there is a temple to Poseidon. On the temple Lord Byron carved his name (he thought it was pretty just like us, but never described it so eloquently), but we couldn’t find the carving. Sarah delivered a stirring lecture. We intended to watch the sunset, but a crabby guard kicked us out. Then Sarah left, and we were very sad.
So when this blog entry and most of the rest of them are late to be posted, and poorly formatted, and the photo captions are just not witty…realize the genius of Sarah. Seriously. We miss her. We speak for everyone when we say that our trip wouldn’t have been half as fun OR informative without her, and one or more of us would probably still be wandering around some remote part of Greece, or maybe even across some international border, were it not for her efforts. And in case you didn’t realize, the blog formatting and pictures and videos were all her, and it is no mean feat uploading everything. She also had the best cat impression we’ve ever seen. ‘Twas truly inspired. Good luck, Sarah.
Day 71 Photo Gallery