Hellespont (hellespont) wrote,

Live, from Iraklio, capital of Crete!

Kalispera (Good afternoon), everybody! I'm in an internet cafe surrounded by 15-year old Greek boys playing Warcraft while "Lady Marmalade" is on the radio (before that was "My Hump" by the Black Eyed Peas.) We just got into town from seeing the ruins of the ancient Minoan palace at Knossos. I will post more about all the sights (and sites) with pictures when I get back. There are stray cats everywhere, mostly looking pretty well-fed and healthy. They beg for treats at the open-air cafes, and what could I do but oblige? They also surround the plentiful fish markets, at which I saw a box of fresh eels. At the butchers' shops they have sheep's eyes and rabbits still wearing their fluffy tails.

Greece is magnificently beautiful. On Thursday my mom and I walked through the Samaria Gorge, an 18km hike, which is possibly more than I'd walk in a week at home. We're still very sore, but it was worth it. At the end, I swam naked in the Mediterranean sea. I've been living off tyropita (flaky cheese pies) which are the equivalent of hot dogs - cheap, tasty, and ubiquitous. I've learned a few Greek words, which many people seem quite suprised to hear from me - like a dog is talking, or something. I can read all the names on the statues and streets signs too, but my first-year ancient Greek course isn't getting me too much further.

As yet, I have enountered no nymphs and/or satyrs, but am keeping my eyes peeled. Can't wait to see you all again!
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