June 24 - Athens to Home
We docked at Athens port hoping the power strike was over and we could fly home. Our bus driver took his time winding through the more scenic parts of Athens along the coast. We had no difficulty finding our luggage and heading to our plane. Steph indiscreetly paid Rachel her tips in a mixture of US dollars and Euros, because we couldn’t find an ATM. We said goodbye to Rachel, Mississippi, Ali (who was flying to her parents in Germany) and Amanda (who was flying home on another airline). We felt uncomfortable with only six of us, like we were missing people. Most of our group flew on the same flight and with another EF group as well. The Lisinksies had to pack and re-pack a few bags before being allowed to continue on.
Security was pretty uneventful and we waited to board our plane playing Speed Scrabble. It was so popular we had to rotate people in and out of the game. Scrabble champion was beaten by Tanya game 1. She stood proud and left the game. The plane was below fair and we didn’t even have our own TVs or choice of movies. Bummer. We arrived in Atlanta and collected our bags. A security dog sniffed around and pinpointed Amy’s carry-on as dangerous. Her beef jerky set him off. She was given a green folder and sent to another area. Exhausted we slept in a little freezing corner and waited for our flight in 4 hours. Soon after, the airport announced it was closed due to a storm. Our terminal was changed. Mandy found us some airport blankets, with a little detective work, and we no longer froze. Hours later we took off 0 around midnight or one in the morning and didn’t arrive home until 4 a.m. Chelsea’s dad picked us up – so kind! Welcome Home UTAH!
By Fars: Hanging out in the back of the plane, old man dancing down the aisle, being in the US of A, airplane ice cream, speed scrabble with our friends in the airport, flying with all of our friends home, Amy getting green foldered, being connected to the internet.
Final By Fars - Greek Yogurt with honey!!!
Ali: Gyro (Athens)
Amanda: Briam & stuffed tomatoes (Olympia)
Amy: Gyro (Athens) / Pizza (Pompeii)
Chelsea: Bread pudding (cruise) / gyro (Athens)
Mandy: Gyro (Athens) / breakfast at the Crystal City Hotel (Athens)
Sandra: Pizza (Rome) / saganaki (Mycenae)
Steph: Gyro (Athens) / Pizza (Rome)/ Yogurt & Honey (Greece)
Tanya: Fried cheese & Zucchini balls (Delphi)
Ali: Running in Olympia
Amanda: Running in Olympia
Mandy: Theater of Epidarus
Sandra: Acropolis at night from Mars Hill
Steph: Running in Olympia & the night at the Pantheon
Tanya: Olympia & Trevi Fountain and night at Mars Hill
Favorite Place / Destination:
Mandy: Mykonos & beach in Rhodes
Steph: Mykonos, Santorini