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999 Steps to the Top!

Today was a big day.  We didn’t necessarily have an extreme amount of things planned, however we had Palamidi planned.  Arriving at the base of Palamidi, one has to walk up 999 steps to get in.  No typo, I promise! Its not like they are ADA stairs either.  They seam to grow and morph into steps that are 12” by 12”. Yes, some “photo breaks” were necessary, even if I didn’t want a photo at that spot.  Once we arrived at the very top, I was taken aback by the idea of having a booth at the top to charge you.  What if you didn’t bring any money??? You would have to walk down the steps!  I also thought that the steps should be the admission fee. Once inside I found the parking lot where one could drive up and park not more than 30 feet from the fortress.  The hike built character!

Palamidi Fortress – Note: I didnt take this photo.

While at the fortress, we had do sketch to make up for our 5 a day.  There has been several times while in Greece I just wanted to sketch for days when at a location.  This would be one of those.  It isn’t’t due to the perfect day but the architecture.  The fortress itself had amazingly interesting angles while also changing materials.  I could literally sketch and rotate to sketch again. I am positive no one had trouble getting their 5 sketches done there.  During the walk around Palamidi, ‘Honey Bee’ and ‘Mermaid’ were asked if they were the girls that preformed on stage at the Theater of Epidauros.

I dance when I walk. In case you were wondering.

I ate lunch with ‘The Closer’.  After lunch I had to go to the travel agency.  In the first part of my trip I could wing bus rides and ferry schedules.  There would most definitely be one a day.  Due to how late I am getting into September, schedules of that nature are more delicate.  Ferry schedules seam to be a couple times a week, and I cannot just wing that.  So I spent almost 3 hours getting things settled for my last week in Greece. I will pretty much be staying in Rhodes.  To get to Rhodes from Mykinos(where class ends), I have to take a ferry and a plane! The ferry will take me to Fira(Santorini).  It had to be like this because the next ferry to Rhodes would be almost 12 hours after I arrived in Fira.  I don’t know about you, but sitting at a port for 12 hours isn’t the way I want to spend a day in Greece.  Plus the plane ticket was only 20 Euros more than the Ferry ride. I was also able to book my flight back to Athens.  Again, if I were to take a ferry I would save 20 Euros, lose 1 day, and be on a boat for over 13 hours.  Yes, 20 Euros well spent to be in the air for less than an hour.

At 6:00pm we had to meet up at a café to do a sketching assignment.  The assignment was we had 1 hour (6:30-7:30) to leave, get lost in town, do 5 sketches, and return before the hour was up.  So, yeah.  The walking part of the assignment took up most of my time only allowing me to get 4 sketches done.  If I could just sit in one spot for an hour, I could get 7 or 8 done.  But due to having to find a place of interest with the added needing a seat to sketch.  It makes things a little bit more complicated.  It’s a good thing I am over the amount of sketches I need for the final total.  I am almost to the amount needed when done and I still have over a week to go with class.

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Perriann Hodges

I am not an author. To be quite honest, I always hated English class. I write so I may share my experiences and remember the man I met on a bus who treated me to dinner with his family, paying and booking a hotel only to find out its out of business, fake crying in the Athens airport to get a ticket home, or remember the strangers who looked out for me on a bus. Some live, experience, and are fulfilled by what’s in their backyards. I find there is something truly exhilarating about cramming as many possessions into a bag as possible, only to complain you brought too many. This is my life out of a suitcase, hope you enjoy.

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