We had heard amazing things about Greece before arriving. It turns out much of what we heard was describing the islands and rural areas...if there are any. Athens is overpopulated and bursting at the seems. Not much law around here and it is always noisy. Cant get away from the noise. We went to a starbucks just to try and get away, like should be possible in a coffee house, but no luck. No sleep either. The honking never ends. The starbucks was so bad we had to get up and leave to find another one. Amazing how like five girls can make soooo much noise. Not even conversation, just plain noise. Putting us out on the street to risk our lives. Live everywhere in Europe the traffic is seriously dangerous. The lines dictating lanes mean nothing, especially to scooters and motorcycles. I'm pretty sure actually, that there arent any laws for scooters, which isnt good since everyone rides them, and usually with a passenger. Go figure. I dont know how many fender benders we have seen. Too many people to contain. We have been to lots of big cities thus far, but all have had the ability to hide the people or at least maintain some cleanliness and the apperance of order. Athens just cant hack it. Too big and too many people. I dont know how they do it. I dont know how we've survived just three days. Definitely cant understand a word that's being said around me.
The Acropolis is like the little getaway in this city.
There are still mobs of people surrounding the sites, but at least you can get your bearings from the top of the hill, and take a breath of semi fresh air. The views are still amazing too, if you can see through the smog.
The sites are great as well, I just wish they would take down the scaffolding and seize the restoration efforts. It's not like restoring them is really a great idea. No way it's going to be as good as the original. Meanwhile, we cant see the ruins for what they really are. Still amazing.
Our place is basically a reflection of our latest luck as well. We booked a two bed, nice looking, affordable place. We got one rickety old bed, a clogged up shower, and a door that essentially doesnt lock...and mosquitos. Yep, already got some bites. I guess I am still optimistic that it's not bed bugs or some other virus passing insect.
Here is a picture of both of us...finally found someone to snap one off for us. Still happy and in good spirits despite the change of luck.
It's hot here and nice, but when we leave tomorrow we will be ready for a change of pace.