It's been too long since I've updated this blog. Full-time school, part-time work and life have taken priority - plus the sad truth that we've lost nearly six months worth of pictures, including Christmas and birthdays. :( I've realized, though, how much I miss reflecting on life here. Blogging has a way of reminding me how much I have to be grateful for and helping me to slow down and savor life.
In our family, we don't spend a lot of money on things. Instead, we choose experiences and adventures that bond us. Seeing Greece & Turkey was always near the top of our list of places to go, so after a ton of research, we mapped out an itinerary which included boats, trains and aeroplanes. And we just soaked in two glorious weeks together, because there's nothing better than being with this bunch.
Our arrival in Athens was rough. Scary bad, actually.
We got into a taxi and the driver began taking us on a route further out of the way than was required to get to our hotel. We asked him to turn around and deliver us back to the airport, but he refused and held us hostage in the taxi. We finally got him to turn around (he sped up and drove like a maniac in his rage - really frightening!), and thankfully when we got back to the airport, the police got involved and helped us.
First impression of Athens. We were all terrified.
Our second taxi driver then pulled a scam on Mark with a 5 Euro up his sleeve - he removed one of the 20 Euros Mark gave him, replaced it with the five, and insisted he'd been underpaid. We fell for it, then figured out the scam as the driver pulled away.
Ugh! Just awful.
But with the taxi shenanigans out of the way, things began to smooth out. We hired a reputable taxi through the hotel (live and learn, right?), and had just an incredible afternoon exploring the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum.
(Here's a pic of Gryffy chillin' at our hotel.)
And boy, did they ever!