|I was peer pressured into buying this. I took it home, set it on the counter for a second, picked it up again, and immediately whacked off one of the buds. Don't ask me about my gardenia. Some days it does really well, and other days it looks dead.|
|This is lovely, lovely Sounio. Rick Steves didn't mention it at all in his Athens and Peloponnese guide book, which I think should be accounted unto him as a sin.|
|This is the Tower of the Winds at the Roman Agora, between Plaka and Monistiraki. This is the same area where the lady grabbed my arm, so if you see this thing, steel yourself for aggressive sellers.|
Our friend left early Friday morning, and it was a mega-bummer. She was a wonderful guest, and we had a lot of fun. I spent Friday and Saturday moping, and working on professional development crap. I'm trying to cram in as much as possible while we're still childless.
I wanted to give you notice about some upcoming posts I'm planning to write. I maintain this blog primarily for our family and friends (Hi, everyone!), but it's also listed as a resource for people who are looking into the foreign service lifestyle. Summertime is a big transition season for people in this line of work, and I want to share some of my experiences about pack out, traveling with a dog, how to navigate a new country, and other useful, related things for people who feel as naive as I did. My tentative plan is to include checklists, and crap like that. If you start seeing some of these only-useful-to-a-very-small-subset-of-the-population posts, take heart. This will just be a temporary deviation from my standard plant killer posts.
I'm also planning to throw up an Athens guide Phil made for our friend. He listed our favorite sites and restaurants in the area. We won't charge you for it this time.
Happy Sunday from your favorite, cursed, Athenian expats. Or expat Athenians. Whatever we are.
Oh, p.s., Phil's been cursed on the street, too, though it was eleven years ago.