Posted by: Joseph J. Skarzenski | July 30, 2009

Week two – Hit the ground running

Session Two students in front of the Parthenon

Session Two students in front of the Parthenon

The last two days on the Journey program have been very busy to say the least.

On Tuesday we met with someone from the Exarchate of Jerusalem. We followed our visit with a walk to the UIndy Cultural Centre. Mr. Tom Mazarakis, housing and security director of UIndy Athens, gave a brief presentation on baseball in Greece. Players from the Olympic baseball team of Greece also attended the special program. After a video documentary on the team, we all headed for the rooftop of the cultural centre for a fantastic barbecued dinner.

At the Exarchate of Jerusalem (church and offices) in Athens

At the Exarchate of Jerusalem (church and offices) in Athens

Wednesday was just as busy as Tuesday. All the students began their day with classes. At this point, many are starting to compose essays for various classes, such as Ancient Greek Plays and Greek Foreign Policy. Following class we had a short afternoon off to catch a breather from a busy week. We all came back to school at 6:00 PM to begin our ascent to the Acropolis. Late afternoon was a perfect time to see the propylaea, Parthenon, Erechtheum and more. With not a lot of people up there along with a nice breeze, students enjoyed their time at the legendary site.

At the Acropolis with the Greek flag in the background

At the Acropolis with the Greek flag in the background

Tomorrow we will be continuing our eventful afternoons with a visit to the U.S. Embassy to meet Ambassador Daniel V. Speckhard. On our way back from the embassy we will be visiting the Benaki Museum located near Syntagma Square.

To see photos from Wednesday’s visit to the Acropolis, please click the link below:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/39885149@N06/sets/72157621887622824/show/

To see photos from Tuesday’s visit to the Exarchate of Jerusalem, followed by the barbecue at UIndy, please click the link below:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/39885149@N06/sets/72157621751919095/show/

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