Trip Start Jul 28, 2010
12Trip End Jan 02, 2011
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Well, my time in Greece is coming to a close. I'm not goin to be doing any more sight seeing... but I have seen and experienced a lot!
Religion is such an important part of any country and culture, and I like to learn about what the local customs are. Most of the churches in Greece are Orthodox. I sat in on a service... The priest has his back turned toward the parishioners in a little room almost the whole time, while chanting. Women sit on the left, men on the right, even families. Everything is very, very serious, until it's time to receive the bread. Suddenly everyone starts laughing and talking, as they walk up front to get their bread and wine. I couldn't understand a word but hey it was still interesting to observe
Meteora is fascinating, it's about 6 hours outside of Athens by bus. Back in the 16th century, these were built for Monks to isolate themselves. HOW they managed this at that time we will never know. And there were 24 of them!! Only 6 exist today. We went inside one of them... Paintings all over the walls, depicting the fall of Christianity by the Romans. The paintings show decapitations, stoning, stabbing, etc. They suffered a lot and didn't want it to ever be forgotten. the faces of the Christians in the paintings show long noses (Spirituality) and small mouths with big ears (hearing is more important than speaking) and big eyes (windows to the soul). But how much motivation would one need to build 24 monestaries on top of those massively high rocks!! And not only that but you should see the paintings on the inside!!
I really enjoyed the archaeological excavation! Some of you have asked what experience is required to participate in such a project, and I'm not sure. I took some classes in Archaeology and Anthropology in college as a minor, and apparently that was enough to qualify.
The people that I met at the excavation project have been just as memorable as the scenery and the ruins
We talked about perspectives, and she said ;Americans fascinate me. If they want to start a company, change their name, or change careers, they do it. There is such initiative. You are very brave. People in my country don't really take risks. I'm happy for you, I really am." She looked sad though... I know there is a part of her that wants to give herself more opportunities and do more things. She lights up when I suggest she move to Greece to learn the language (she has such an obvious passion for it!!) but loyalty to family and to customs is a powerful force. And when I walked her to the bus last night, she said "I know I am an ocean away but if I can ever do anything for you, please let me know and I will help you
Then there was Marc and Maria. They are a Brazilian married couple, now living in the UK. Nurianna and I spent lots of time with them. He is an Artificial Intelligence professor, she is an Archaeologist, Nurianna is an Ancient History specialist, and I brought Psychology to the table. We sure did have some fascinating dinner conversations! I asked Marc something I often wonder about: "So, if we were to travel a trillion x a trillion light years from here, what do you think would we find?"
His answer: "Probably the same elements we have here."
Not quite the interesting answer I was hoping for haha... ;)
But still, I'm not sure I agree with his opinion.
Maria is perpetually optimistic and positive. I have to say I've never seen anything quite like it. She would often describe scenery or events as "absolutely beauuuuutiful!" in her half Brazilian, half British accent
When I left, they said, "please come and visit us in England! We are only 1.5 hours from London by train." That was after they very nonchalantly mentioned that they share their home with a "friendly ghost." Apparently it only makes itself known when they have guests, usually by turning the radio on and changing stations. But most recently, they were standing in the kitchen with some guests and laughing about their ghost, when the TV suddenly turned on
And so friends, all for now. Next up: Switzerland!
Ef haristo poli, adio (thank you very much, bye)
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