Alsos Pagkratiou

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    • Day 9


      February 22 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Quelques jours capitalins avec pour tentative de combler nos lacunes en culture mythologique et historique.
      Chouette rencontre avec Giorgios, parrain de la collègue de Simon (toujours la même, notre bienfaitrice à distance) et excellent guide, qui a fait de son mieux pour que nous repartions d’Athènes moins ignorants.Read more

    • Day 25

      Greek isn't a real language

      July 14, 2016 in Greece ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

      We arrived at Greece airport around 1:05am.

      Of course.. Murphys law, our bags were the last ones to come out

      The original plan was to uber to our airbnb because it would take half the time & it was late. By the time we got our bags & got outside, there were no ubers to be found. The taxi was 38€ to city center but we couldnt justify spending that much money on a cab... Twice in one day.

      With 5 minutes to spare, we caught the last bus into town. We google mapped it & got off at the good stop.

      Both of our phones are dying at this point.

      From the bus is was a 17 minute walk so we grabbed a cab -- we also had no idea where we were going.

      Let me tell you about this cab driver. He was probably in his 70s & used a magnifiying glass to read my cellphone screen. Once he typed in the adress to his gps, that took 10 minutes to write, he sped off at 70km/h down these tiny roads.

      He dropped us off at our place, but turns out that wasnt our place. We walked around looking for people to ask. We asked a local & they had no idea. We asked a cop & he told us to back away from the car then pointed us in the right direction.

      We FINALLY found it.

      After our 6 flight walk up with all our bags, we made it.

      Our host is awesome. Super cool guy. We have a clear view of the acropliois from the balcony.

      We are currently sitting in the room at 3:45 in front of the ac to try to cool down.

      22 hours of traveling.

      Stay tuned for more adventures of frick & frack.
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    • Day 26

      Our host is famous.

      July 15, 2016 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Remember how we were ordering an über last night to get to our air bnb? Yeah there were no ubers around. And the cab would have cost us almost 40 €... And we couldnt afford that (twice in one day)

      So we decided to take a bus.. We caught the LAST BUS OF THE NIGHT at 215AM (ahhhhhh) and travelled about an hour to the bus stop Google maps toldbus to get off at. Which was literally no where we could recognize on a map. So we falgged down a taxi and he dropped usboff near the street we needed to find... And we couldnt find it.

      After asking several workers and even the cops (who told us to back up and pointed us in a random direction), we FINALLY stumbled upon it almost by accident! We woke up our host by ringing the doorbell (a couple of times) and briefly met him before passing out in our AIR CONDITIONED ROOM. THANK ZEUS.

      So after sleeping around 5 whole hours, we got up and started on our Athens adventure!

      And what is a Frick and Frack adventure without getting lost and walking in circles?

      So we may or may not have walked 2 houra in the completely wrong direction on our way to the acropolis, then caved and took a metro to the ruins. We paid to get in and climbed around the archeological site for about an hour and it was gorgeous! It was very hot and our smart selves decoded to go at noon.. But we stayed hydrated and survived! After visiting the Acropolis, Parthenon and other smaller ruines, we headed to the Olympic stadium and saw what was left. And honestly thats pretty much all there is to see in Athens.

      So we still had half a day to kill, and what better way to spent it than eating authentic Greek salad ( by FAR the best salad I have ever had in my entire life. Ever. Ever.) and shopping? So that is what we did.

      While grabbing gelato, we met some Canadians. They hate Facebook.

      When we were all shopped out, we headed back to our airbnb. Which was about 40 minutes away. Uphill. Oy. I don't even want to talk about it, i can still feel the heat ...

      So after cooling down and sleeping (hey what's up hello... I'm a nap queen..) we woke up starving and in desperate need of Gyros. Asap.

      We talked to our host a bit before heading out ans found out that he is SO COOL. LIKE HONESTLY THE MOST AMAZING PERSON. SOFTWARE ENGINEER, PUBLISHED AUTHOR, FFSTIVAL OWNER, AND ALL AROUND ARTIST. WHAT? Check out his book "Control Zed".

      Anyway we found gyros and HOLY CRAP they were as good as the salad from earliEr. i cannot even describe the flavour.. Best thing i have ever eaten hands down. Besides the greek salad.

      Alright ao after eating the gyros in a park and chatting like crazy people for a while, we stopped at a bakery to grab dessert (obvi) before heading back to our airbnb for a quick sleep before heading to Mykonos in the morning.

      More adventure to follow!
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    • Day 25

      Full circle of athens

      July 14, 2016 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

      Up at 9:45, out the door by 10 oclock to start our say. As per usual, we didnt use a map. We chose a direction & started walking. We stumbled acorss this amazing bakery where we had these giant seaseam bagels with turkey & cream cheese... for 1.50!

      We continued on our walk until we decided to ask someone where the Acropolis was... We were walking in the complete opposite way. It took us over 2 hours to find our way... In 40 degree weather. We ended up taking the metro there because we were so lost. Oops haha

      We finally got there & waited 30 minutes in line. We climbed to the top first to see the amazing Parthenon & its crazy view. 360 panoramic view of the city. The most beautiful view I have ever seen. We then walked on the east, south & north slopes. We saw all the caves & tunnels that run under acropolis.

      We then decided to take a break & get some lunch. We stopped at this restaurant where we had the BESSSST fresh Greek salad in the entire world. Words cannot even describe it.

      We walked around town a little bit. We also went to go see Olympus, where the first ever Olympics were held.

      We ran into some Canadians from out West that we might meet up later for drinks with. They are also back packing & just got here from Israel.

      We then tried to get back home, we accidentally finished the giant circle we walked around Athens the first time. Only this time it took us only an hour to get back... But all up hill

      I just showered & Breanna (the Nap Queen) is taking a nap. Surprise Surprise.
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