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Greece, J-term 2016 Trip

Day 12 ~ Athens

Our last day in Athens was great! We had a late start this morning and were thankful for a little bit more time to sleep. Our guide met us at our hotel and we took the bus to the National Archeological Museum which is the largest museum in Greece. We toured the museum for two hours and saw many ancient Greek artifacts and art. 

We had some free time in the afternoon which we used to get lunch, do laundry, and shop around. Class was at three, and we had a lecture from Dr. Hennessey on Kernel and Range. After class we had the whole afternoon free before our farewell dinner, so we took naps, worked on homework, did some more shopping, and a variety of other things.

We met our guide in the evening for our farewell dinner and walked to a nearby restaurant. We had a wonderful dinner of traditional Greek food and there was a wedding party seated right next to us! We learned some Greek dances and listened to live music before heading back to the hotel for the night. We will miss Greece so much!

 

A very famous and very rare bronze statue at the National Archeological Museum

A very famous and very rare bronze statue at the National Archeological Museum

 

Our group having dinner on our last night in Athens

Our group having dinner on our last night in Athens

Greece, J-term 2016 Trip

Day 11 ~ Athens

Yet another glorious day in Greece! Today was our day off, so we used our time wisely and started our day with a group study session. We worked on our homework and projects for a long time and realized doing math is a lot more fun when you have a view of the Parthenon right in front of you and the Mediterranean sun shining down on your back (who knew, right?!).

In the afternoon, a group of us took the metro down to the sea. We lay in the sun and (most of us at least) jumped in the sea – it was freezing but worth the experience! We all met up in the evening to hike the large hill on the edge of the city to watch the sunset. There is a small church named St. George right on top of the hill, so everyone refers to the hill as “St. George’s”. The hike was rather steep, but the view from the top was phenomenal. We brought some picnic food and sat and watched the sun set behind the Acropolis and over the Aegean Sea. It was a breathtaking experience and well worth the hike!

After we got back from our hike, we all dressed up and got ready to go to the opera house. We saw The Marriage of Figaro and thoroughly enjoyed it despite the fact that it was only in Greek. The actors did a fabulous job and kept our attention for the full three hour show.

We are loving our time here in Greece and cannot believe it is almost over! The sun and warm weather have us all in perpetual good moods, and the food here is incredible. We all want to stay!

 

The view from the top of St. George's at sunset

The view from the top of St. George’s at sunset

 

The girls all ready to go to the opera house!

The girls all ready to go to the opera house!

Greece, J-term 2016 Trip

Day 10 ~ Athens

Our day started with breakfast at the hotel and we took full advantage of it – we are going to miss these buffet style breakfasts when we go back home! Our guide, a graduate student at the National Technical University of Athens, met us at our hotel. We drove to the University and toured around. We had a question and answer session with our guide and learned about the Greek higher education system and the culture of the students at the University. We saw a few different buildings and had a special tour of the library (it is currently the Greek equivalent of finals week so there were plenty of students around studying).

When we got back to our hotel, we walked to a nearby restaurant for lunch. We enjoyed some very traditional Greek food and the owner of the restaurant talked with us about Greek food and how to make it. After lunch, we had class and learned about fractals and took a quiz. We had the afternoon free and used our time to walk around the Plaka (the oldest section of Athens) and find dinner at local restaurants. We are absolutely loving Athens and how sunny and warm it is here!

 

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Our group touring a computer lab at the National Technical University of Athens

 

Greece, J-term 2016 Trip

Day 9 ~ Athens

What a glorious day in Athens! The weather is perfect and sunny – so sorry to all of our friends freezing back home in Minnesota!

We began our day with a hike up to the Acropolis. There were hardly any people there because it is January, so we pretty much had the whole thing to ourselves. We were absolutely stunned by the views of the city from all the way at the top of the hill.

We walked down from the Acropolis and through the Plaka when we were finished with our tour. The Plaka is the old section of Athens that has been continuously inhabited for thousands of years. We also toured the Acropolis museum and were able to see many artifacts and pieces of art from ancient Greek times. We had class in the afternoon after all our tours were finished and did some homework together. We all walked to a nearby restaurant to eat dinner together and enjoyed traditional Greek food.

 

Touring around the Acropolis

Touring around the Acropolis

 

A group shot of us in front of the Parthenon

A group shot of us in front of the Parthenon

Greece, J-term 2016 Trip

Day 8 ~ Athens

Our first day in Greece! Our morning was not particularly interesting as most of it consisted of traveling. We got to the Barcelona airport and boarded our plane without any hiccups. When we landed in Athens, we took a bus to our hotel and met our guide. During the drive, our guide gave us some great information and we got a tour of the city from the bus. We drove by the Olympic stadium that housed the first modern Olympics and had to get out and take a picture!

After we got to the hotel and got settled, we listened to a presentation and then broke into small groups to explore the city and get some dinner. We are very excited to see the Acropolis tomorrow!

 

Our group at the Olympic stadium

Our group at the Olympic stadium