It was a long but uneventful trip from Omaha to Athens. Imagine a long trip involving several packed airplanes: that’s what it was like.
Pro tip: pre-order a “special” meal when you’re on long flights. Your food will almost always be better! I asked for vegetarian meals (including cheese) on the long flight between Minneapolis and Amsterdam, and enjoyed better, fresher food than was available for the folks around me. A big thumbs up to Delta; the hot food was hot! and the cold food was cold!, the movie and TV selection was actually a little too good, and the stewards were unrelentingly pleasant. I’m looking back to more of the same when I return to Omaha.
No photo available for this part, but I have to say also that the airport in Amsterdam was enjoyable too. Some of us walked around a bit before our flight to Athens began boarding, and we found a lovely area – I think it was for kids – that had lots of (real) green plants and piped in birdsong. Interactive science displays alternated with full-length lounge chairs. If we hadn’t been close to boarding, I would have taken a nap – embarrassment at sleeping in public be damned! I was exhausted and it would have been lovely. But too soon it was time to leave for Athens.
We arrived at about 1:00 pm local time (8 hours ahead of Nebraska time). Here’s a pic of my room at Areos Hotel – I’m sharing with two lovely ladies.
We’re right smack in the middle of Athens, as you can see from the balcony view.
Also seen from the balcony, within seconds of arrival: my first Greek cats! This isn’t the greatest pic, but consider it a record of that moment. More to come on the Athens dogs and cats (don’t worry, it’s good news).
I had gotten no sleep on the plane(s), and once we settled into our room I decided that I would do best to rest, rather than going out with the others to see the area around the University. I know, lame, but there it is. Thus ends my first day in Greece!