I awoke on my birthday morning to a beautiful day. I received a few calls from people who had my Greek cell number. I read Joe’s card that he wrote me and it was really sweet. I ate breakfast with Chris, Jenny, Marilena, and Kelsey. It was Kelsey’s birthday also. She turned 21 and I turned 20. After breakfast I skyped with Matt and then got ready for the day. We all got on the bus and met another tour guide, Dionysus, awesome name right? We drove through many cool parts of Athens and then arrived at the Acropolis.
First, we stopped to see where Socrates was kept in prison. It was pretty cool, considering I’m going to be taking a class completely about him in the fall. It looked like a pretty spacious cave, but it was still a prison. After that, we walked up to the Acropolis. It was unreal. I had seen from afar a few months ago, but walking around it is completely different. It was pack with people from all over the world, literally. We learned that the side the Parthenon that most pictures are of is actually the back. The other side is the front because it faces the sun. It was built to appear straight and even, the stairs are actually convex. The pillars also curve. It is absolutely unbelievable. While the Parthenon is gorgeous, I feel like it has become the cliché of Athens and Greece in general.
My favorite part of the Acropolis was the smaller temple with the Caryatids, they are beautiful. Of course, the ones on the temple are replicas and the authentic ones are in the museum, but it’s still breathtaking. Sculpture fascinates me, they looks so real. The folds of their togas simply flow down their bodies are if they were cloth instead of stone. After the tour was over, I walked around by myself for a little while. I tried to find a quiet place to sit and think, but to no avail. I couldn’t believe that it was my 20th birthday, I was an
Ancient Greek and Rome history major, and I was at the Acropolis!
We ran into the couple from the theatre that had just got married and talked to them for a little while, small world. As I stood there with my friends and gloried at the Parthenon, I was mystified at how it has survived thousands of years. It served multiple purposes based on who conquered the area. It even lived through being blown up by more idiots. (It would be awesome, if men could stop blowing up ancient moments or building modern cities on top of them.)
Soon, it was time to leave, Shelan and I were walking back down from the Acropolis and I slipped a little. I told her I had a feeling I was going to fall. Not five seconds later, I stepped on random piece of marble and I could feel myself falling. Luckily, I knew it was going to happen, so I crossed my legs and put my arm out, and it turned into more of a graceful glide. Obviously, that was the best way to leave the Acropolis.
After we met everyone outside, the planned day was over, and we could do as we wished. Shelan, Reyna, Tani, Jenny, Kelsey, and I went to meet my Mom and then we went to an awesome lunch with an absolutely delicious cake. Later, we journeyed down the Plaka, the main strip for tourist shopping, and got a few last things. Then we proceeded to the main street for regular shopping and did some more damage.
After that, I said bye to Mom, and we all to the metro back to the hotel and had dinner. When dinner was over, Taso took all of us to the Chocolat Café for Kelsey and my birthday. It was unbelievably awesome with all kinds of sweet goodness. Reyna, Shelan, and I stopped to look at all the cool street jewelry and they bought me a pair of earrings that I wanted for my birthday. I have awesome friends. Then we took the metro back with some of the other girls and I crashed into bed.
What an amazing birthday.