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Yay, I’m going back. In May I will be back in Athens after over a year of being away. And I have to say it will be wonderful to be going back. I’ve missed that city so much.

It is one of those places that I can never wait to get back to, so a few months to go and then I’ll be back…

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The Cows are Chasing Me…

Seriously they are…

I first met the Cow Parade Cows in New York several years ago, then they turned up in Amsterdam. And then Edinburgh. And finally in Athens back in 2006.

Now they are invading my home…

The idea behind Cow Parade is really good, and its nice to see some of the really unusual things people do when presented with a giant plastic cow and told to customise it.

The best I’ve seen so far was a bright purple one which had been turned into a washing machine in Athens.

Sadly though I have also seen these poor cows abused. It was saddening to see that the ones in Edinburgh had been vandalised, graffiti all over them (I realise that some are designed to look graffitied, believe me this one wasn’t), one even had a broken horn. Poor cows.

It seems a shame that the only ones I’ve ever seen damaged are here in the UK. I realise that their probably have been cow attacks elsewhere in the world, but its sad to think that it happens here as well.

So if you see a cow, take a picture not a horn as a souvenir.

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So I haven’t posted in a while…I know and I’m sorry (but only a little bit).  Things have been pretty busy since I got back from Athens.  I spent a few days with John before he left to go and wander around fields with bits of geophysicking equipment for a departmental project.  So they passed really quickly…unsurprising given we hadn’t seen each other in a month.  Then on Sat he left and my Mum came up for a visit. We’ve shopped a lot and eaten a lot…that is probably the bect summary I can give.

We’ve had lunches in lots of nice restaurants in the West End and City Centre.  Bought some really nice things too…I have new Shoes!!! (hurrah). And a beautiful wrap dress.

Yesterday we went to Linlithgow Palace and Blackness Castle which were both very cool (cold in fact at Linlithgow).

Today we had curry for lunch and are just pottering around the flat this afternoon.  I should try and tidy up a bit before J gets back….ah well.

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Museums a-go-go!

Went to the Market this morning and am now the proud joint owner of enough vegetables and fruit to sink a small battle ship (it would have to be a very small and crappy battle ship as cherries aren’t recognised as an offical weapon of war). So at least I’m being fed for the next few days.

Then we went to the National Archaeological Museum. I love that place…so much to see. Lots of vases including lots of cases on Boeotian pottery, with one devoted to Kabeiric ware. That one is right at the end of gallery, I get the distinct impression they didn’t know quite where to put it so bunged it in at the end. Then we had a mooch around the other galleries.

Afterwards we went to the Epigraphic museum, its right next door to the national but its always deserted. It does have some amazing inscriptions including the tribute lists from Athens, on of which is nearly 15 ft high. The lettering is less than an inch or two in height and the whole thing is covered. Very cool.

Then I went shopping…hurrah I have carrier bags full of things!

Now I’m in the library having finished the first draft of the article I’m working on and fancied a break from book things.

Plus I watching a few interesting, non-painful patches of sunburn starting to develop…bugger, and I had sun tan lotion on too…

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Back Again

It never ceases to amaze me how comfortable I am in Athens. I don’t visit for a while and yet I come back and feel like I never left. I only arrived yesterday, after a very long day, and things just don’t feel any different.

Sharing a room with Ja, same one we had at Easter, so at least we know that its a nice room. We went out for a meal last night, along with Ma2 to a very nice Cretan restaurant and then just as we were finishing dinner C turned up. With lots of other people. Since it was her leaving do. She’s got a job working at the Museums at Newcastle University, so at least I can go and visit. It was wierd watching her leave with all her stuff today, she’s been here four years so it was one familiar face you always saw.

Had a minor panic today when we were reminded that the holiday on the 15th has been turned into a holiday weekend and hotels are a rarity in certain areas…Guess where we wanted to be. We were planning on going to the Argolid first but since hotel space is non existent we’ve decided to reverse the trip and go to Delphi first, then drive south, over a bridge and into the Peloponnese…And we’ve found hotels in Delphi and Olympia…so we have beds for the holiday weekend. Hurrah we won’t have to sleep in the car!