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Monday, March 17, 2008

Athens, Greece - Days 1-2

I've been here for literally 10 minutes and I already hate the place. It's cramped, it smells funny, there's nothing to do here, the food sucks, and I had to pay $125 to get an adapter so I could plug my laptop into the power outlet. Only 9 more hours before I get out of this damned airplane.

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Well, that flight sucked. Now that I'm finally in Greece, it's not too bad here. Of course, there's an impending strike taking place on Wednesday that will likely impede my ability to take a taxi back and forth to my client, but it really only took most of Sunday for me to adjust. I didn't sleep real well last night, but I would attribute that to the first night in a new hotel and being paranoid about whether the wake-up call is really going to work in the morning.

I haven't had any time to get out yet, but hopefully that will change over the next few days. I'll see if I can get some good photos of the acropolis while I'm here. I have a decent view of it from the hotel, but I don't think my camera is going to cut it at this distance.

And a traveling tip to the wise... don't try to cross the street between lights here in Athens unless the pedestrian light is on. Look both ways, even on the one way streets. I saw a woman try that today and she got halfway across one of the four lanes of traffic when she realized she wasn't going to make it. All of the cabbies gunned their motors like they were at the starting line of a go-kart race. Fortunately, the cabbie coming down the road in her lane hit the brakes just in time to avoid giving her a ride on his hood. I wonder if he would have charged her for that ride.
 

 

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