Poseidon’s Rage

Today, oh I am so grateful you are over. But first, let’s review yesterday- our trip to the national gardens in Athens. It was a beautiful park right near the parliament building in central Athens. Besides being free, it was a great space that had a weird little bird zoo (ducks, pigeons, parakeets, parrots, and peacocks, along with some goats living with rabbits for some extra fun), a huge kids playground, many beautiful paths, and a pond filled with turtles. I mean it, check it out:

Little turtle riding a big turtle. He gets by with a little help from his friends.

   

Palm-lined path in the National Gardens.

  
We had a nice visit. The metro stop nearby also had exhibits of archaeological finds from when they dug the metro. I highly recommend those things if you make your way to Athens.

 

A cross section of the archaeological finds, including a grave, in the metro.

  

Ancient pipes for water, other artifacts.

 After much internal debate, today we took a two hour bus ride to the southern tip of the Attica region to Sounio, or Sounion. Internal debate because a two hour bus ride is no small feat, and there is limited info online about some aspects of the area. But journey on. We saw the amazing Temple of Poseidon as it sits on a large outcropping right on the coast. It was pretty astounding, and even more so to imagine it as it once stood in all its glory. We had a decent lunch at the cafe at the site. I ordered waffles because that sounded good: waffles with prailines, fresh banana, whipped cream, and syrup. 

 

Waffles, they’re what’s for dinner, or lunch, in this case.

 
Looks amazing right? But notice one thing you can see clearly: that by “syrup” they appear to have meant Hershey’s chocolate syrup, and what you can’t see so clearly is that “prailines” meant coated in nutella. So, super chocolately, not what I wanted, but that is how things go when the menu has been translated. It was pretty good, and pretty messy for D.

We took a treacherous path down the hillside to get to the Mediterrean sea, but were rewarded with a little sandy beach and some great time swimming and playing in the sand. No exaggeration on the use of the word treacherous- the path we had to take was not only steep and covered in shards of rock, but had razor wire, thorn bushes with half inch thorns, and briar patches along the narrow path. As I said, we made it, and on our way back up took a different path that was much less exciting.

 

The Temple of Poseidon.

  
  

Swimming in the sea.

 
The reason for the post title, which was Z’s suggestion, is because of the bus fiascos today. Maybe we experienced a little of Poseidon’s legendary temper manifested through difficulties with the bus. Probably not, but anyway. We missed our morning bus by 1 minute- we saw it pull away from less than a 1/3 a block away, and had to return an hour later to catch the bus. D was a grump during the ride, but was ok for the most part. On our way back, the bus was running late, Z decided to take a fast bathroom break before our two hour bus ride, and we missed the 4pm bus, as it did not even slow down since I was not standing in front of the sign, but was across the street in the shade, trying to gather up all of our stuff solo. We waited until 5:30pm (Nope, the 5pm bus didn’t show up), and caught a small bus, which after 30 minutes, made us get out on the side of the highway in the middle of nowhere to change to a bigger bus. The best part was D sharing his thoughts on the day by screaming, kicking, moaning, or laughing manically for one hour and 45 minutes of the two hour ride. For you parents out there, I bet you can guess what 15 minutes he was quiet for. 

We stumbled our way to our favorite bakery down the street, grabbed a sandwich and some greek yogurt, ate dinner at home, and let D crash. All in all, quite the day. Not sure what the lesson is here- public transportation saves money but can be ridiculous, toddlers are really great birth control, or wear more sun block. Maybe it’s all three. 

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