Location: London, England
Well ... off to Europe again. This time to 3 countries in 3 weeks. Wow it will be fun! I have Nicholas and his friend Bryan with me. We will be meeting up with Becky in London and then Brigitt will join us next week.
Location: Las Vegas, NV, USA
We started our trip with some classic Vegas sight seeing. Nicholas and I thouroughly enjoyed "Love". We visited the Shark Reef exhibit - a nice aquarium. The teenagers hung out and had some good clean fun. The adults enjoyed a night of dancing at Vegas' Studio 54. It was a great trip. Oh, and I did win a little money at the craps tables.
Location: Arkansas, USA
The Jacksonville High School Reunion in Little Rock.
It started with a roots trip to Jacksonville.
After living in Texas and visiting the LBJ Library many times, I felt I needed to go to the library in my own home state. So we made a trip to the Clinton Presidential Library. Hate to say it but it did kind of look like a trailer hanging over the river. However, we did find it really beautiful.
Then came the reason we were there - the Reunion!! It was really something else. The best thing was hanging out with my friends that I still so love after 30+ years.
We also got to have lunch with Lisa's sister and kids before we took off to Hot Springs.
Location: Bulverde, USA
Our girls weekend!!
What great fun it was.
A dance party on my patio...
A birthday celebration...
Nick and Bear hanging out with us.
Location: Ft. Worth, TX
Oh my goodness....finally back in the states.
It was a fantastic trip but I am happy to be back.
And happy to have posted all of my pictures.
Off to San Antonio for some mexican food!!!!
Location: Athens, Greece
Santorini is everything it is said to be and more. The water is beautiful, the towns are incredible to see, and the volcano is amazingly large. I didn't get to see the ancient ruins as the Akrotiri site is still closed but what we did do was grand.
In the evening we just tooled around the tiny city with all of its uniques shops, eateries, and chapels .(You will see once I get the pictures uploaded.) We ate a greek version of a quesidilla. It was yummy. The place is like one big giant party scene starting about 11:00 with clubs playing remixed American music everywhere.
In the morning we took a boat tour out to the vents in the center of the caldera where we climbed all over them. We then went to the other side of the little island and swam. There are hot springs there and it was very sweet!!! The water was great.
The climb down to get to the boat was like the Grand Canyon trails. We shared the path with the donkeys. Uck! On the way back up, the trail was quite challenging. Up the cliffs we climbed. I jumped in the pool when we got back so cool off and wash the donkey smell off.
We managed to catch a quick k-bob to eat and watch the sunset into the caldera - beautiful!!! I will be home tomorrow night and get the pictures.
It was a short visit but well worth it. On my way back to the US now. See you all soon.
Location: in transit, Germany
After a great day just lazing around and packing we are off to Santorini. It should be beautiful.
Location: Halkidiki, Germany
Oh, and I forgot to tell you our excitement for yesterday.
Becky and I were riding in the elevator and it started acting really funny. It stopped and all the lights started blinking but then we pushed the buttons and it started working again. However, later on Brigett, me, and this other lady got stuck in the elevator. It was very unnerving. The lady kept pushing the alarm button and I kept pushing the floor button until the elevator moved. We finally got back down to the bottom but then heard the elevator alarm ringing off and on for about the next hour.
Although we are on the 4th floor, we are now taking the stairs.
Location: Halkidiki, Germany
Yesterday we had a couple of hours between events at the Institute so we went to Petraluna Cave. It was where the oldest known Human was found in Europe. It was a very cool experience. After exploring this part of the world I am understanding how ancient civilizations prospered here. There are fruit and olive trees everywhere and the sea is so calm and clear with lots of creatures to eat.
We wrapped up the conference today with a visit to the monestary and a special Greek Orthodox Church Service. All 20 of us women had to have a clothes audit by the nuns before we could go in. No shoulders, no shorts/capris, and no cleavage allowed. We all cleared the audit but one and then became very hot due to the large amount of clothes we had on and no air conditioning. But their place in the valley was beautiful and the nuns were very kind.
Location: Gerakina, Germany
Wow, Saturday already.
It has been a great trip.
The Center was amazing and continues to be. Great things they do there. After my entry from yesterday we went for a most interesting culinary experience - lunch. It consisted of many sea creatures, a red sauce, and pasta. It reminds me of eating in Hawaii except it is all cooked and not poke. Also searved at lunch was a wonderful Greek wine made by the nuns of the Monestary that I found as I began to giggle incessantly, I had consumed way too much of. Luckily we were given the name of 3 other beaches to check out so Becky took the keys and off we went. For those of you who are wondering, I do have samples of the beautiful, marble-rich sand.
I have pictures but I can't buy enough internet time right now to upload them onto the site. I will probably have this worked out once I get home.
We were very graciously invited to dinner by Brother Charlie - the director of the center - at a famous resort/casino/port hotel. It was a grand experience dining with people from around the world and Americans from the Mayo Clinic and the International Branch of the Kommen Foundation. Another grand meal with the greek equivalent of tapas and their famous liquor, Ozous(?). Just a taste for me. The greeks love to eat and drink - oh and go topless at their beaches.
Today we are off to a prehistoric cave site while the conference continues without us. We will be back later to pick up the girls and take them to one of our scouted beaches for some fun.
Location: Ormylia, Greece
Guten tag mi familia und amigos and amigas. I am truely multilingual now :> We have been working on our Greek but it is quite challenging. I have been working on my German still because like everying in TX is translated in Spanish, everything in Hawaii was translated in Japanese, everything here if not translated in English is translated in German. Thanks again to the great U of A - go hogs!!!
On a much more interesting note the job that Becky and I got yesterday was to drive around the pennisulas and look for great beaches and fun things for the students to do on Monday, their last day. We were more than happy to comply. It was a great trip driving along the Mediterrean coast - beautiful. Equally gorgeous as the beaches of Hawaii. We did a little swimming, a little eating at the Roma Pizza in a port city, a little shopping, and completed our task quite efficiently. And needless to say it was great fun. Mom you would have to laugh - Becky and I driving around cluelessly in Greece just like we were in Junior High again.
On a more serious note, I am presently at the Panagia Philanthropini, the Center for Socail Advancement and Medical Prevention with the students while they listen to Physicain and Professor lectures on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer. There are docs and profs here from around the world and one of the issues is health care for women in developing countries. It has been pretty interesting but the radiologists started talking so I slipped out for coffee and found a computer.
Good news!!!! I got my luggage at about 10:00 last night. Oh my gosh. I was so happy to see my Reagan flip flops. Even though I was really enjoying wearing all of Brigett's cute clothes, it is good to have my own stuff. I downloaded pictures last night but burnt up my adapter so I have a new tech problem to solve. But I got some great pics and I can't wait to share them.
Location: Thessaloniki, Germany
After flying across the Agean I am now enjoying a much different side of Greece. There are fewer people and it is much greener and water everywhere!!! I met up with Becky and Brigett and the people from SMU and then we went to the pool and the beach. It was great but it was kind of late so we had to eat and then have a meeting to get ready for today. We then had more excitement when we started smelling smoke everywhere and the electricity went out and the halls of the hotel slowly became real smokey. Always an adventure. It seems that there was a fire about 65km away and the electric company shuts off power to the area and that included us. We had a back-up generator so the hotel was not completely in the dark. And the smoke, well it was just blowing down the mountain and we were in its path.
Today we are going into town to meet the people of the monestary that the students will be working with. I am looking forward to it. I am driving so that when Becky is done with her part we will be off to the beach.
Love and miss you all.
Location: Athens, Germany
Spent the morning at the Acropolis - very interesting. I find ancient civilizations amazing. Will post pics eventually. No luggage yet.
Location: Athens, Greece
I am finally here yipee!! It feels like it has been a whirlwind of an airport tour so far. It makes me want to add the super-high tech Japan airport to my list of places to go. I was first at DFW, then Philly, then Munich - yes no Zurich - and now Athens. Other than the fact that my first plane was rerouted and my luggage is still wandering around Europe, I really likes Munich. I took 2 years of German at the UofA so I could read things and greet people and thank them. The people at Lufthansa were so nice. They always started their boarding with "Bitte", please, and said with a nice british accent "...kindly board your plane..." They also have a lot of free stuff at their airport like coffee and tea and newpapers and luggage buggies (not like I needed one.) But it was much different than DFW where they wanted to charge me to use the electricity to charge my laptop. When I got to Athens though it was much different. I don't understand a word those people are saying. And their signs are all in real Greek letters and not americanized. So I really don't know what those mean either. Fortunately most people speak some English and the real important signs are translated. But when I got off the subway to get to my hotel I found myself at one end of a square with a giant flea market going on with tiny streets intersecting in all directions. I must say it made me a little anxious. But i did try out to get on The Amazing Race so I got my maps out and just started trying to find road signs and asking people to help until I found my way. Although I have not seen a lot of Athens, it looks to be an interesting old European city. My hotel has a garden/bar on the roof so I was there tonight looking across the city to the Acropolis. I intend to go there tomorrow. I will download the pics as soon as I get my cable from my suitcase. As far as my going hungry, there is a whole lot of italian food around - yummy - so I don't think that will be a problem. I will be on my way to Thessaloniki tomorrow. Take care. Connie
Well, this time next week I will have seen the inside of the Zurich airport and be in the amazing city of Athens. With volcanoes erupting and earthquakes all over the world I have been checking out the geology of the area and nothing too exciting is happening there. Thanks for checking in and check back next week.