January 25, 2006

Greetings from Athens!

On Monday afternoon, I arrived in Athens, Greece, where I am studying this semester at DIKEMES, the International Center for Hellenic and Mediterranean Studies (the ackronym is Greek). Since "what I did to day" blogs are a pet peeve of mine, I will not be expending a great deal of effort to report my activites here. However, I do want to give my readers some idea of how this will effect my blogging.

The first and most obvious result is that, as I am studying ancient Greek literature, I will be quite likely to blog a great deal more about that issue than I ordinarily do. Additionally, I am taking a class on the Orthodox Church, so Greek Orthodox theology may be another topic I blog on with some frequency.

The other issue, of course, is the amount of blogging I am able to do. I am not sure precisely how this will be effected. I don't have internet access in my apartment here, but I have access from the DIKEMES academic center, and I have long gaps in my class schedule during which I may have spare time. I expect my classes to be less work than at Penn, and I also have fewer extracurricular responsibilities. On the other hand, I am in GREECE, and will quite likely have better things to do than write on my blog much of the time. There have also been some technical difficulties (the wireless network here is extremely unreliable, so I'm plugged in to the wall at the moment) that have prevented me from writing up to this point.

And now, since I am in Athens, the obligatory picture of the Parthenon. This picture was taken from the balcony of the DIKEMES academic center where I am studying (click for a larger image):

You will notice that the sky is rather white, making the Parthenon a little difficult to see on the picture: this is because for the last 48 hours it's been SNOWING. I didn't get any snow in Palouse or Philadelphia this year, but it finally caught up with me over here on the Mediterranean.

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Hi Kenny,

Wish you all the best. How wonderful for you! My best news is that I have a colleague, a native Greek speaker who has studied ancient Greek, to have lunch with. But no change of scenery. Again, do have a wonderful time.

Posted by: Suzanne McCarthy at January 28, 2006 7:46 AM

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