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A Dream, Deferred

Egypt is off the table

sunny 75 °F

Well, considering everything that has been going on in Egypt, pretty much everybody was apprehensive about us going there. I guess I'm just too dumb/stubborn/naive, because I probably would have gone anyway, but Kristine didn't feel comfortable and this trip is as much hers as it is mine, so we're officially searching for a different place to go after Greece. I remember being fascinated by Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome ever since learning about them in 6th grade social studies. We made it to Rome last time around and Greece was on the itinerary, but we didn't end up having time for it. It turned out for the best, because now I have the opportunity to spend a full week in Greece whereas it probably would have only been 3-4 days before. This time, I wanted to check Greece and Egypt off my list, but I guess now I'll just have an excuse to start dreaming of another trip. Hopefully it will turn out for the best and we'll have a great experience in Egypt one day.

We left Rochester at 7:30am this morning and made it to Rockland by 12:30. I bought some MP3s on learning Greek that we played in the car, but Kristine said that I slept most of the drive and only woke up to say a few greek phrases every few minutes before falling back asleep (I was running on 2 hrs sleep). We made it to Rockland by 1:00pm and Kristine's cousin Erica was nice enough to drive us to JFK. We got there around 2:30pm, plenty of time before our 4:30 flight. The flight was relatively uneventful. We were served peanuts and dinner which was nice, though small and not so filling.
I didn't mind too much because I fell asleep shortly afterward and slept for most of the plane ride. Kristine had some trouble sleeping on my shoulder, my lap, my chest and any other way she could think of. I was told I don't sit still well enough too be slept on. Lucky for me, I can sleep anywhere and on anything.

When we arrived at 9:30am local time, it was 2:30am Rochester time, so Kristine was a bit disoriented but my sleep had been reasonably well adjusted. We took a train into Athens (about 45 minutes). As we looked out the windows, we laughed that we might as well have been in Texas from the looks of the landscape. Even the passengers didn't seem to dress much different than Americans. But when we got off the train and walked out onto Montastiraki Square, the culture hit me like a ton of bricks! In walking a few blocks from the station to our hotel, one thing that jumped out at me was how cops were so casual. Most of them were wearing blue t-shirts and wouldn't stand out from the crowd at all unless their shirts said police on them. They also walk around in groups of 4 or 5 and I'm not sure many of them had guns. Anyways, we just checked-in to our hotel. It looks sort of shady on the street and from the outside, but as soon as you hit the lobby its very inviting. The rooms are simple but adequate and we even have a balcony. It's almost noon now, so we're off to make the most of the rest of our day!

Posted by atbrady 16:15 Archived in Greece Tagged greece travel flight delta

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Hooray ... you've arrived! Get some sleep, then have a great time exploring Greece! Love you both!!! xoxoxo

by Elaine Brady

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