A Diary from Athens

Right well I figured I should update this thing again. I’ve been in Athens for a week now (a week? already?) and I have to admit it is really nice to be back – I miss this place when I’m in Glasgow. So what have I been up to I hear you ask (or possibly not, maybe the little voices are talking to me again) – so here’s a quick rundown of the whole thing.

Arrived safely, on time and with luggage, which is rather unusual for me. Went out for dinner to a friends birthday and played darts.

Got unpacked (exciting isn’t it) and spent some time in the library sorting things out, later went down to Exarchia and played Tavli (Backgammon) with some friends.


Went shopping on Ermou to get some bits and pieces then spent the rest of the day very quietly.

Beach! Got sunburnt, eaten by mosquitos and had a great time, though the sea was freezing.

Terrified everyone with my sunburn, worked in the library. There was a lecture at the school so I went to that. Afterwards we went out for food to a great Cretan restaurant.

Sunburn is fading but drying and is getting uncomfortable. Feeling very proud of myself today – I translated a chapter from ‘Die Bauten im Kabirenheiligtum bei Theban’ on the development of the site during my time period. Played darts.

Sunburn is fading to a nice colour but I’ve started peeling which I dislike intensely. More library work today and then I’m not really sure.

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Well I made it safely to Athens (with my luggage – anyone who knows me will tell you how unusual that is) and arrived at the School and immediately met someone from Glasgow (small world!). Went out for a birthday meal, and then darts.

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How’d that happen?

I’m sure time is on fast forward at the moment…just a few weeks ago I was coming home for a while before I packed up and moved again…and now I’m leaving Tuesday. (Ooops. Really should have paid more attention.) But I’m off yet again, sure people (including my supervisors) think I need a tracking device, to Athens (now there’s a surprise). All I can say is I’m glad. Really looking forward to getting out of this country for a while. Much as I like the UK, I need a change.