Tuesday May 15, 2018
Don’t ask me why all of my titles thus far have been song lyrics… I don’t understand it either.
(This one’s from Annie.)
You would think that after a nine hour long plane ride I would be tired and grumpy. Well I was tired, but the beautiful landscape that was apparent even at the airport made it impossible to be grumpy. Green mountains, vibrant flowers, and tall Cyprus trees lined the roads to our hostel until we reached one of the many “boroughs” of Athens, Psyri.
Psyri is an urban district defined by its contrasts. Modern graffiti covers ancient ruins, and touristy flea markets nestle at the feet of the Parthenon. Our hostel, City Circus, was centrally located only a five minute walk away from Monastiraki Square (one of my favorite spots). Cafes, bars, restaurants, and boutiques line the streets, making the Monastiraki area the perfect nightlife and shopping destination.
Our professor, Labros Siddosis, led our class on a winding tour of the area where we saw ruins, musicians strumming guitars inside of candle lit taverns, and of course, street performers.
After drinking in the sights and sounds of Psyri, we were all ready to taste some traditional Greek food, and our restaurant Maiandros did not disappoint. We were led through the cozy restaurant and up a spiral staircase to a breezy terrace where we sampled dishes family style. The dishes included: olives (of course), bread, tzatziki, saganaki cheese, Greek salad, gyros, and for dessert, chocolate mousse and baklava. In short, it was the perfect way to end a long day and get comfortable with our little group for the next two weeks.
Buckle up! More posts and incoherent ramblings about Greece coming your way soon.