Now we have moved on from Rome to Athens. We missed our train to the Rome Airport, caught the next one, waited in a really long line, and finally got on the plane. We’re a bit tired from jet-lag, but we’ll be okay. I’m hoping we get to see the Parthenon today, a huge temple dedicated to Athena, Athens patron goddess. It once had a 30 foot statue of Athena that mysteriously disappeared. The temple was built on top of a large hill; the slaves back then had to carry up the huge columns.
here’s where we are now. we got in sort of late yesterday after a long day. the apartment is wonderful + the owners are incredibly gracious + my new favorite people ever. we have a fridge stocked with yogurt, milk, orange juice, butter, honey, jam, fruit, + wine. plus cereal, bread, coffee, laundry detergent…such a treat!
the apartment used to be the owner’s architecture office, so well designed with custom furniture + fixtures. i’m loving loving the warm weather too, kevin not so much.
When we got our luggage we dragged our bags to the train station platform #25 because that was what their website said. We waited there for about ten minutes then figured out that we had to be at platform #24 we scurried down to the readied train doors that had just closed and we had to wait 16 minutes for another train to arrive. We got on the train as a man in a green jumpsuit gathered gross trash. I read on the 30-minute train ride, as we got off people shoved and pushed to get in the airport and I just stood there and finally clambered into the giant room.
We pulled our suitcases up the escalator to the check in and drop off we waited in that line for about 40 minutes and moved on to the next place: THE SECURITY. Surprisingly the line wasn’t long and took about 5 minutes. we finally got to the boarding area and read for 10 minutes then boarded and sat for 10 minutes then drove for 10 minutes while reading and then 10 minutes later we turned off our kindles and took off and then read for 2 hours. Whew. We got off at 9:30pm, took a 20 minute taxi ride than got us to our destination. That probably all took 131 minutes. Now we are in Athens.
We’ve seen signs advertising the general strikes this week and today is the first day we should see the action in Athens. In fact, we may have troubles getting out of here by air on Wednesday. I’ll post any good pictures we get of the protests today. We’re bound to see something interesting.
Here’s what we are in for:
“Commuters face a hellish week of trying to get to work or wherever they need to go. Most public transit, on a staggered basis, will be shut Nov. 5-7, including the metro, buses, taxis, trams, trolleys, trains, ferry boats and air traffic controllers at Athens’ international airport said they will also conduct work stoppages.”
“Greece’s powerful main public and private sector unions will launch a 48 hour strike against the legislation on Tuesday and plan marches in Athens’ city centre. Journalists, doctors, transport workers and shopkeepers are also planning stoppages.”