Sites Visited: Meteora
Leaders: Max Barg and Shania
Today we got to sleep in, but not really. However, it was a bit later than most days. We headed up toward Meteora (a UNESCO World Heritage Site described as “a collection of Byzantine monasteries atop a formation of immense monolithic pillars and huge rounded boulders which dominate the local area”) from Kalambaka on the bus. Once we got up to the very top of one of the peaks, the bus dropped us off and we were told that we had to find our way back to the hotel.
We ended going to one monastery and spent the rest hiking around the various trails. We met a brown dog along one of the trails and named her Sappho. She followed us for over two miles before she headed back home. After we were done exploring, it took around an hour and a half to walk back to the hotel.
After a much needed shower, we had our first discourse as a group, and Professor Christesen gave us an abridged version of his life story, thus far. Afterwards, we went out to dinner to celebrate Dan’s 21st birthday. TA Tim ordered the whole menu, and no one went home hungry.
We had to hit the hay early, because we were headed up to Thessaloniki the next morning.
Keep it real,
Barg & Kee
Group pic (minus Bonner)