Greece is having quite a hard time. We’re coming back from our recession in the USA. These things happen from time to time and we have short memories. But Greece is still on the way down. A place with such extraordinary history, you’d think they would have figured out how to deal with all that
Now in Athens… I was here a few months ago, only a few days into the semester. The students were just getting adjusted to everything. Now, they are only a couple of weeks remaining until returning home and they are all old pros at all this international travel thing. What I find fascinating is that
Except in the ridiculous latitudes north and south or around the equator, the changes of the seasons mark the passing of years. It becomes more apparent when another summer has gone and it gets too cold to sit outside talking for long hours after the sun goes down. Or at the end of winter the
Just a business meeting or two today. Exciting legal issues and figuring out corporate things that I, at this point, just sit in on and absorb. The other pressing matter of the day is the fact that tomorrow is The Marathon. I’m vegetative. And eating a lot. And drinking crazy amounts of water. Wish me
Now, if you were not aware, I’ve been training for a marathon since June. The night I returned from Haiti, I set myself to running. And now… the time has come. We are in Greece to run the Athens Classic Marathon. It’s not called a “Marathon” because it is a 26.2 mile run. It actually
Like a back-lot set used in a post-apocalyptic movie, the 2004 Athens Olympic stadium sits mostly abandoned east of downtown. The whole campus is immense. The group took a tour of it on bicycles. But not before training with Greek coaches. These coaches, some former Olympic athletes, demonstrated and taught proper form for a handful
So, I must confess: I barely follow sports. I’m one of those people who watch the Olympics every four years and get my dose of “sport” that will satisfy me for the next four years. I don’t follow a football team – American or otherwise. I might know a dozen player’s names in all of
I’m beginning to return to places frequently enough that I am seeing the evolution over time. The first time I set foot in this square, I couldn’t actually see it. It was completely walled in and under construction. It was a hive of pickpockets because of the crowds and trinket sellers made the narrow alleyways
No matter how often I travel, for some reason I have a special place in my heart for maps. To see a map, recognize it as foreign, and know that I am actually in a city on that map… Stay tuned… -Noah D.
I only lived there a few months, but returning to the little bay town southeast of Athens feels like returning to a childhood home. I’m the luckiest guy in the world to repeatedly return to this place. Every time for a different reason. Stay tuned… -Noah D.