γνῶθι σεαυτόν (know thyself)

I am really, really awful at blogging. I was hoping this would help me improve my writing, but instead I’ve just been ignoring the obligation altogether. 

Really, though, not much has changed since I last wrote. I haven’t been doing a lot of traveling since I’m coming back in spring (hopefully that will change next semester! I really do want to see as much of Europe as I possibly can) and I’ve been trying to save money.

Some important things have happened since I last wrote, though, so get ready.

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This is me at a wine tasting. This picture has nothing to do with wine except for that you can see where they grow the grapes in the background. 

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One of the professors at my school has this incredibly cool rock-ish cover band. Seriously, I’ve been twice and those are two of the best nights I’ve had. Also, forever RIP to Caitlin’s lost iPhone and the pictures that will never be seen from this past week’s concert.

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And here is photographed proof of PAOK’s beatdown of Aris a few weeks ago. I can not stress the importance of seeing a European football game if you ever get this chance to visit. They get RIDICULOUS. I’m talking fire, smoke, constant yelling/singing, and the most hilarious smack-talk chants you’ll ever hear. Lots of “your mom’s a whore” type stuff. 

And finally, last weekend I did go to Athens with my school, and it was pretty awesome. I didn’t go out (as per the norm) but I got to see a lot of amazing things while I was there. Stand by for the best pictures.

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This is Delphi. Here’s me sitting on some ruins like the baddass bitch I am. In retrospect, this was probably not the best way to help preserve this place. Oh well, it was worth it. Look at this picture. 

We were really lucky with the tour guide we had in Delphi. It was actually really interesting because she talked about the ancient gods and myths but put them in a totally secular perspective. And to me, that didn’t diminish their meaning, but instead made it make so much more sense in my mind. 

“Think Well. Nothing in Excess. Know Thyself.”

 

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And here is probably the most important thing I’ve seen since I came to Greece, the Parthenon. The Acropolis was AH-mazing. I hate hate HATE museums, but I am a total geek for ancient ruins. And, of course, it’s the Parthenon. At this point in the trip I was all listened out though, so I can’t really speak a lot about this in general.

 

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This was a really bad picture day for me, but here’s Caitlin and I.

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And here is a view from the Acropolis. Can you think of anything more Greek than this picture? I didn’t think so. Maybe I could shop a photo of ouzo and a gyro in there, but this is pretty close. 

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And here is my awesome, super-cool RA Faidon (you better be reading this). I bet this was the happiest he was all day.

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And finally, the group photo. We’re a good looking bunch, yessir.

 

Anyway, my first semester is coming to a speedy close, and with it I’ve been turning a lot more sentimental. I KNOW I’m coming back in the spring, and I’m totally excited to see my friends and family and my boyfriend, but just about half of my time here is over. How am I going to adjust to a new group of people? What am I going to do when I have to go back home for real? I know nothing is going to be the same when I get back home. Will I ever be content to live in the US? What am I going to do when I want to walk down the street for a gyro and can’t? And how in the world am I supposed to adjust to my “nights out” ending at 1 am? I know this country has its problems, but in some ways they really have it all figured out. Don’t be surprised if I find a way to stay here forever.

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