Tuesday, November 22, 2011

the twelfth week

They have the most delicious (and cheap) clementines here. Yum!

Sunday, November 13th

I started making a Shutterfly album for my pictures from Italy and Paris. It's going to be a big project. I have so many pictures I want to include, but I can't figure out how exactly to organize them.

Since it's getting colder, they put rugs in all our rooms and have turned on the heaters.

Monday, November 14th

I wrote my last article for the Mirror! It's been a worthwhile experience, but writing for newspaper is definitely harder than I thought. Also enjoyed a chilly moonlit walk with Brandon down by the harbor.

Aigina, view from the Colonna.

Tuesday, November 15th

Class, reading, and a little gift shopping around town. I can't believe we're leaving so soon!

The Colonna.

Wednesday, November 16th

Our Greek Class went on a field trip today to the Colonna, a place with historical ruins here on the island and just a five minute walk from school. There was a little museum beforehand and then the actual site. It was fun to get out of the classroom for Greek and I loved how you could see the waterfront buildings of Aigina Harbor from the Colonna.

Brandon and I at the Colonna.

Thursday, November 17th

In Greek Class, we had our final today. It was much harder than any of us expected, but we're mostly just happy to have it done. I will never have to study Greek again!

In "Culture & Place," I gave an oral presentation on rebetiko, Greece's national music. It's a mix of Greek and Turkish influences and was born in the mid-1800s in poor urban areas, taverns, hashish dens, and even prisons. In Greece, you hear it everywhere.

A flower shop in Aigina.

Friday, November 18th

Today I watched "America's Next Top Model" for most of the day while I worked. I almost always watch the show as it airs, but this season I haven't been due to our lack of cable and all the other shows I'd rather watch. But then, I found out that their "mystery destination" (they travel to a different country in each season) was Greece! So of course I had to watch. It was cool seeing them arrive in Greece and try to speak the language in a challenge :)

Our apartment.

Saturday, November 19th

Brandon's 22nd Birthday!

I worked on my photo book. I'm realizing it's going to cost a lot more than I thought, but it'll be worth it to have a nice, quality book of my pictures. I'll also do one for Aigina, one for Greece & Cyprus (Southern, Northern, Santorini, Cyprus), and one for London, I think.

Alison made a Greek friend a few weeks ago. He's a young guy that works at the supermarket. We (eleven of the group) went out to eat with him tonight. It was pretty late though (9 o'clock) for dinner, so I just split a chocolate souffle with Devon. It was delicious!

Afterward, we went to a couple bars to celebrate Brandon's birthday :)

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