Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Broken Rocks and Coffee Shops

Our first international stop was Athens. We heard it was a trashy city, but it doesn't seem so bad to us. Lots of cafes to relax in and lots of ruins to see (surprise, surprise). We are a little mystified by the dining rules, and in particular, how to order an ice coffee that's not instant Nescafe with cream or a milkshake, but I am sure we'll figure it all out soon. One thing that we can't get over is that a coffee costs more than a beer. Clearly we'll be drinking more beer here in Greece...

The ruins are amazing. It's hard to believe many of them are over 2,000 years old. We've spent the last 2 days wandering around the city and everywhere we turn we come across more ruins. It must be a real pain to get a building permit in this city...

Today everything shut down early for "the strike". What the strike is about is not exactly clear - someone said the people are protesting government making poor investments. Maybe all of you back in the States should consider taking the afternoon off as well?

5 comments:

Robin said...

Gil...you're the guy on the left with the sexy outfit on right? Can't believe Jen made you wear that in greece! Heh heh...hope you two are having a great start to the trip!

Whitney said...

Nice uniform, Jen!

jpizzle said...

Looks like you guys are already having a blast.

Looking forward to reading more!

MIMIDELL said...

HI JEN. CAN'T BELIEVE YOU'RE TOURING THE WORLD! YOU MUST HAVE A BIT OF DEB IN YOU! LOOKING FORWARD TO CHECKING YOUR BLOG EACH WEEK OR SO. SORRY WE MISSED YOU AT YOUR MOM AND DAD'S PARTY. WE HAD COMPANY FOR THE WEEKEND AND I DIDN'T REALLY WANT TO BRING THEM DOWN THERE. THEY ARE A ROUDY BUNCH. LOVE YOU HON - AUNT MARIE

Anonymous said...

Jen & Gil, So nice to see your smiling faces in front of the ruins. Yeah, Nescafe is big in Athens. Who knew? Don't forget to try the ouzo.Quick report from home, Jen--Your brother tore up the roads of Mendon Ponds Park(Rochester) in a bike race. Steve and Bob were quite spectacular in a duathlon there (run, bike, run)yesterday. Steve placed fourth in his age category. This is my very first blog entry ever. See the worlds you are introducing me to. If I'm not following protocol, let me know and I'll work on it. Happy Trails you two. Love, Aunt Deb, the virgin blogger