Global High School 2016-17 Term 2:
Into the Acropolis and Corinth Canal
Here we are in Week 1 of Term 2, or Week 8 for those who began in Term 1.
We’ve had quite the successful few days here in Athens. From starting classes to seeing the major sites of Greece’s capital, we can say that our time has already been memorable.
We visited the Acropolis on a cloudy, dreary, rainy Thursday. Sounds awful right?… NOPE! It was quite the opposite. Sure, we were a little wet at times, but it didn’t once put a damper on our moods. Smiles and ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ were frequent as we walked through the remains of Greek history and saw some of the most beautiful views of the city. Snapping selfies in front of the Parthenon and overlooking the Temple of Zeus kept our minds – and eyes – stimulated. I’m so happy and proud of our students for being so open to truly taking in the culture during our tour.
After the acropolis, our wonderful tour guide Daphne showed us around the most exciting and popular spots in Athens: Plaka and Monastiraki. This is where we walked through the winding narrow streets of busy flea markets with gorgeous souvenirs, and outdoor restaurants wafting the sweet smell of gyros to passers by. After showing the students the ins and outs of where to go and how to use the metro, we gave them some free time to explore Plaka in their groups.
The rest of the day consisted of classes and study hall back at the hotel, and an early night’s rest. A successful Thursday!
On Friday, the students were studious in their full day of school, working through their breaks, and getting some traditional Greek food at the restaurants nearby. Teachers are very pleased with their classes thus far and have nothing but positive things to say about their students.
Today, Saturday, has been an incredible day: the optional excursion to Corinth, where 13 of us (ok THEM, not ME) BUNGEE JUMPED INTO THE CORINTH CANAL! All I had to do was stand next to them and cheer them on while taking pictures, and even THAT was a lot for me to handle at those heights. These students (plus our brave math teacher Krista) were amazing at handling the fear and allowing themselves the adventure of a lifetime. Our new friends at Zulu Bungee were so kind, helpful, and hilarious. They truly made it an afternoon to remember. We were also lucky enough to have been accompanied by Daphne once again. Following the bungee, our private bus took us into the city of Corinth where we had some lunch and a quick dip in the crystal clear sea. A pretty amazing day, I must say.
These days couldn’t be so wonderful if it weren’t for the kindness, appreciation, and adventurous attitudes of your wonderful children. I have no doubt that term 2 will be an unforgettable one.
So far so good in Greece. Looking forward to updating you soon!