Thursday, 10 November 2011

November 10, 2011

It's been a month today since we entered the MTC - so technically, that means we have served one month of our mission!

It's Preparation Day and began with a trip to the temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion. Wikipedia says,   "Cape Sounion is a promontory located 69 kilometres (43 mi) SSE of Athens, at the southern most tip of the Attica peninsula in Greece.  Cape Sounion is noted as the site of ruins of an ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in classical mythology. The remains are perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the sea ."  The drive down was wonderful, once we left the city - open road and only a few cars to deal with.  We went through a couple of pretty towns - lots of palm trees (they look different fromCalifornia and Florida palm trees - they are very full at the top and lower to the ground.  These towns had quite thve touristy feel to them.  We were a bit surprised that the temple of Poseidon site was largely "au naturelles" - a lot of reconstruction and renovations has been going on with the Athens Acropolis and other sites there, but this one is basically untouched.  We did notice on the slopes surrounding the temple that there were groups doing archeological explorations.  We spent about and half hour up there taking in the scenery and the calmness of the area.  The skies were clear and it was lovely in the sunshine enjoying a tremendous view of the sea on all three sides - one big ship cruising by and a couple of smaller boats.  Also up there, we saw a turtle, some partridge that sounded somewhat like wild turkeys, a dear little crocus plant and some odd plant that we had no idea what it was.

Tonight, there was another farewell get together for the Androses!!  (This is fun)  It was held at the Noodle Bar.  There 12 of us and it was Asian food - some Chinese chicken cashew, and Sze chuan type dishes and Thai curry  dishes.  The food was good, but the company was great.  We were 45 minutes late meeting the others at the restaurant because the traffic was awful.  Several times we had to wait for three or more lights before we could get through and intersection.

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