Plus, the fun of going to a Greek hospital for a TB test and chest x-ray
10.09.2008 - 10.09.2008 26 °C
I'm not sure what is going on with me.
I've been in Athens for a full 4 days now and I have hardly taken a photo. I think it could be because I realize I have so much time here. It seems there is plenty of time for photos. But what if I missed that one photographic opportunity? Actually, I don't think I have missed the photographic opportunity but I have missed several. Like the dog jumping into the fountain today, the hospital we visited for our TB tests, a few skinny cats I've seen walking the streets, and numerous other insignificant things I would probably have loved to document.
Oh well, I can't win them all. Trying to adjust to a new environment has been enough. Lugging my camera around the streets of Athens would have just made me even more tired I'd guess.
Don't fret. Photos will come. You know me.
Now, speaking of that hospital, that was quite interesting. I felt as if I was being inducted into the military. Hurry up and wait. Wait some more. Now wait some more. In all it took about 2 hours just to get a TB test and a chest x-ray. The TB test wasn't bad. I felt nothing. The doctor told me to not be afraid. I wasn't. Luckily I got a woman technician for my chest x-ray. "You have baby?" she said as she patted my belly. "No baby," I said. So she proceeded. I wonder if she asked everyone that or if I just looked pregnant with my little pudge! Once we were finished with the hospital business we took the trolley back to the neighborhood. I stopped at a little market just down from my apartment and bought tomatoes and feta. Some of the best tomatoes and feta I have ever had. Did I say some? No, the best feta I have ever had. I'm sure even better can be found here!
(Speaking of the best of food, the yogurt is the most amazing stuff I have ever had. I have been having it each morning with some apricot jam. So creamy. So smooth. It's almost like dessert!)
Following a mandatory contract meeting two other students and I took a the trolley to a plaza we found yesterday and walked around checking out shops, people watching, and dog watching. We finally made our way to Syntagma square and then on to the National Gardens. Walking through the National Gardens was a nice break from the busy streets of Athens. An uphill walk to our apartments brought me home just in time to change shoes, grab my notebook and head to Greek language classes. I'm feeling a bit frustrated that I am not picking up the Greek as well as I'd like. On a positive note, several of us went to dinner tonight and managed to read several things on the menu as well as order our dinner in Greek. Now that's progress! It was a nice relaxing evening. Sitting in the sidewalk cafe watching people go by and just chatting. One important lesson we did learn - two appetizers and a 50cm pizza is too much for 6 people. Delicious though it was we couldn't finish the pizza. It was a bargain at 38 euros for 6 of us to eat and get full!
It is a beautiful night in Athens. Many more should follow.