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It’s not all Greek to MC students January 27, 2007

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In early January, two dozen members of the Monmouth College community spent a week in a warm climate, surrounded by English-speaking people. They weren’t living the tourist life in Florida or southern California, though. Rather, they were on official school business in what may become a new vacation hotspot – Greece.

“I was amazed at how many people in Greece spoke English,” said Andrea Dorscheid, a sophomore from Janseville, Wis. “All the signs and restaurant menus were translated as well. I felt like the Greek people changed their whole way of life for tourists like me, for better or worse.”

Monmouth College faculty members Cheryl Meeker and Tom Sienkewicz led 22 students in an immersion learning course in Greece from Jan. 8-15. The group visited the Acropolis, the Athenian Agora and the National Museum in Athens, as well as ancient Corinth, Mycenae, Delphi and the temple of Aphaia on the island of Aegina.

Upon their return to campus, the students completed academic assignments related to the trip and will receive academic credit in either art or classics for their work.

“This was my fifth trip to Greece, the third with students, and this country never fails to surprise me,” said Sienkewicz. “This time I was struck by the weather. I had never been to Greece in the wintertime before and was pleased to see how pleasant the temperature was. There were actually people swimming in the Aegean. This trip was so successful that I am hoping that a January trip to Greece becomes a tradition at Monmouth College.”

Meeker said that beautiful scenery, artifacts, wonderful students and “kitschy grittiness” of Athens combined to equal “a perfect trip … Art 200 or Rubble 101, as I lovingly call the art history class taught in spring semester every year, will never be the same for me.”

Many of the students shared in the wonder of the trip, with some calling the experience one of the best weeks of their lives.

“I had been studying Greece for a long time and really wanted to go there,” said Richard Harrod, a junior from Annapolis, Md. “The country is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. The ancient ruins were incredible and really helped give a good impression of their greatness in antiquity. My favorite was the temple to Aphea. Overall, it was possibly the best trip I’ve ever been on.”

“Day after day, I got the opportunity to understand what it really means to view a sight that is ‘breathtaking,’ said Anna Damos, a sophomore from North Henderson. “The food was amazing, the Greeks were wonderful, the people I traveled with were amazing and the memories I made in that one week will stay with me forever.”

“I found the trip to Greece incredibly educational and fun,” said Sally Hayes, a freshman from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. “Athens was a great place to see such a connection of times, where the old world is completely embraced by the modern world. It is a country literally littered with pieces of columns and marble blocks everywhere you look that were once buildings occupied by great Greeks.”

Source >It’s not all Greek The Monmouth Daily Review Atlas, IL.

Restoring faith in humanity November 12, 2006

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An email received > (all real names changed for personal protection and privacy purposes)

Sir,

The following story is from an e-mail received from friends who had returned to the UK to finalise the sale of property prior to visiting family in Australia. I have changed their names. Perhaps the whingeing Brits ought to take note of the honesty of the Cypriots.

“… on arrival at Heathrow we decided to put John’s man-bag (a large travelling wallet into which John puts all our passports, tickets, driving licences, foreign currency etc.) into a carrier bag with a new camcorder we had bought. We collected our cases and put them on the trolley to take up to the car park, with the carrier bag on the hook on the trolley. We unloaded and set off for Henley. Just as we got out of the car park I realised we did not have the carrier bag. By the time we got back, no carrier bag was to be found. I went to left luggage but nothing had been handed in, then called police to report it.  It was a nightmare as in 10 days’ time we needed all the things in the man-bag for Australia.  

“The police informed us that once we had a crime number all we had to do was to spend a day in London to get new passports, a day in Swansea for new driving licences, new Australian Visas for the new passports. All this and packing up our flat removing and putting our furniture into store and collecting all the papers so the solicitor could go ahead with the conveyancing, and seeing all the family, etc. You can imagine I was on the edge of a nervous breakdown!

“Just as I was despairing, Sara phoned to say there was a message on her answer phone from a Cypriot named Costas who had been at Heathrow to collect a friend, had found our bag on the trolley and decided not to leave it but take it with him to London where he lived. He had looked through our passports and found Peter and Sara’s telephone number as John ‘s next of kin and left a message to say he had got the carrier bag. He would be in Caversham, just down the road from us in Henley that evening.

“He was lovely, 18/19 years old at Middlesex University and came from Paphos.  He had seen from our passports that we lived in Kamares, his father runs an imported car garage in Paphos. We tried to offer a reward, but being Cypriot, he would not have it and we said we will get together when he comes back at Christmas.  We said we would take him out but he insisted we come to his home and meet his family.

“We phoned the police and told them the story and they could just not believe it.  It still gave them faith in humanity…”

Mr Humanity, Paphos, Cyprus

Wonderful Ayia Napa November 12, 2006

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An email received > (all real names changed for personal protection and privacy purposes)

Sir,

Thank you Ayia Napa for yet another wonderful holiday.
Our apartment was situated on the seafront with magnificent views stretching from Cape Greco, across the bay all the way to the harbour. Your restaurants are first class, not only for the food but also for the service and the friendliness of the staff. 

Mr and Mrs Ayia Napa visitors
Paignton, Devon, UK

Greece disappoints but Italy still delivers > Update No 3 August 3, 2006

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Following up these previous entries, here is the latest update (No 3) >

  • Despite the fact that I have emailed both the Publisher and the Editor of The Huron Daily Tribune, until this moment, while typing this post, both of them have chosen not to email me back and to remain in silence (I’m wondering if the phrase “internet etiquette” means something/anything?).
  • A new comment (the 10th actually) has been added, by one of their readers, in relation to the article published.

Again, I would like to heartfully thank this reader for his kind comments. He is in fact the 10th person who commented on that particular article. And I also wish to thank all those 10 people, for their comments. Let me clarify that I do not know anyone of them, either in person or via email or snail mail. But I feel much lucky, honored and proud for taking their own initiative and to add their personal comments.

So, I take this opportunity to cordially invite them in Athens, and I will be pleased to extend to them our traditional Greek hospitality and philoxenia. Afterall, Xenius Zeus, was the ancient Greek God of Philoxenia. This is our legacy. 

Here is a copy of the latest comment added at > http://www.michigansthumb.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=16988243&brd=2292&pag=461&dept_id=472756

Added: Wednesday August 02, 2006 at 10:34 AM EST

What an awful article
I wasted my time reading it. but the worst thing is people who have never visited Greece and Athens get the idea of a miserable place where life is unbearable.

How did they let you publish such an article? I wonder!!

regards
Theo, UK
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Greece disappoints but Italy still delivers > Update No 2 August 1, 2006

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It seems that this article has sparked a great fire!

I have taken a personal interest in this controversy (how sic!) and will be following it up to the last detail. My National Pride, seems to me, was hurt badly. I am sorry, but I can’t help it 🙂

For you who have read my two previous entry posts, let me say that as I have already mentioned, I did sent an apology and thank you (at same time) email to the Publisher and the Editor of the Huron Daily Tribune. I am eager to read their reply, if I receive one.

For you who have not read nor followed my two previous posts, just make a search thoughout this blog with the above title “Greece disappoints but Italy still delivers”.

Coming back to what I stated at the beginning of this post, new comments (9 in total, so far) have been added to the relevant article. Here are again for your information.

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Added: Tuesday August 01, 2006 at 06:27 AM EST
Athens is nce
Although Athens is not comparable to Rome, you can definetely have a good stay. Really nice clubs by the beach (we liked Balux), a nice area around the centre, lots of things to see, a few astonishing museums (Archaelogical and Cycladic) and nice people (except the taxi drivers). I thik that the authors stayed in one of the few dodgy areas south of Omonia square and made a number of wrong choices.
Chris Lautier, Dubai

Added: Tuesday August 01, 2006 at 02:56 AM EST
lies
athens is clean with 34 museums of all kind with 55 hotels of 4 and 5 * and more than 8 in the superior deluxe category.also the infrastructure of the city is one of the best world wide with new technology gasconsuming buses, metro urban and sub urban railways trolley buses and tram plus 16000 taxis.. all athens is an open museum but even the best antiquites needs restoration from time to time.
yes there are drug dealers as everywhere in the world but the lowest criminality in european region and one in the lowest in the world. as far as food I am not comentingas the variety of the food and the quality is world known….most propably my friends either your following wrong directions or your article is lets say not 1005 true.
Demetrios the Traveller, Athens Greece

Added: Monday July 31, 2006 at 09:17 PM EST
greece
Sounds like you should have done some research before you went to Greece. Your first mistake was to go to Athens for 3 days and not visit anything else. What a waste! First off, Athens is not a bad city, its only good for shopping and sight-seeing for maybe 2 days. Then you need to hop on a boat and travel the islands and i think you would prefer greece over italy in a heart beat. Sounds like you are a bit prejudice, making fun steel rods that are atleast holding together buidlings that are thousands of years old (not to mention blown up as they were used at weapons depot during the Ottoman Empire). Oh well, Greece can’t please anyone…only the 1% that complain.
George, Toronto

Added: Monday July 31, 2006 at 08:35 PM EST
Way off
To the author of this article. I couldnt disagree with you more. I have been to italy and greece and greece blows italy away. i mean, sorry, but italy has some nice cities (rome and naples are full of graffiti) but italy has absolutely no nightlife compared to greece. I felt safer in greece also (but i felt safe in italy too). THere is so much more to do in greece, i mean , there are so many islands to go to and they each have their own characteristics. Athens is a great city, this is truly the city that never sleeps. And if you were in your hotel room around midnight like you said when you heard the garbage trucks, well that says it all. Athens is a city for nightdwellers, partying (ala greek, brazilian, western european, etc). Sounds like you should just hang out in a library or something.
Melvin, Mobile, alabama

Added: Monday July 31, 2006 at 12:56 PM EST
I just got back from Athens a couple of weeks ago and the weather and sites were great. If you only spend two days in Athens then you have to take what the weather gives you just like anyplace else in the world. Aside from the first two days in Athens when the temperatures were in the upper 90s and low 100s, the rest of my 12 days there were in the 70s and 80s. Whether it’s the neoclassical buildings around the Syntagma Square or the quaint older streets of Plaka district or the Parthenon’s classical architecture mimicked almost everywhere in the western world, there was plenty to see. Go to the town of Akrotiri on the island of Santorini and see the Pompeii of Greece, only this eruption buried the town 1600 years before the eruption at Pompeii and is possibly one of the sources of the legend of Atlantis. Also, don’t blame your poor choice in hotel location on Athens. I’m sure you could have found a comparble crap-hole in Rome, you just didn’t do that, did you.
Nolan Joonguth, Glenview, Illinois

Added: Monday July 31, 2006 at 12:50 PM EST
Greece disappoints but Italy still delivers
Dear Julienne,
I’m sorry to hear about your “unpleasant” experience while visiting my country Greece. Being a Greek, residing in Athens, the only thing that I understood from your story, is that you are very much prejudiced against Greece, Athens and its people. Although I sympathise your “bad” experience let me correct a few things, in order that justice is done:
1) Which hotel and in which area in Athens did you stay? Propably you did not afford to stay at a decent hotel.
2) If you prefer exotic countries such as Fiji, then why did you choose Greece?
3) Have you ever read about Greek History and Culture?
I suggest to learn a few things about – any – country you visit, before you visit. Ignorance is not an excuse. On the contrary.
I also suggest that you do visit this blog
https://grhomeboy.wordpress.com so that you learn a few additional things and details about Greece, which you seem to either not know or either you forgot since your school days.
Respectfully yours
A proud Athenian from Greece, the craddle of Democracy and Freedom.
George, Athens, Greece

Added: Monday July 31, 2006 at 12:44 PM EST
Having been raised there, I will be the first to admit that Athens is not all beauty, as with every other city in the world there’s good and bad. Prostitution and drug deals exist everywhere, and it’s really not the city’s fault the writer of this article decided to stay in a seedy part of town. As for the icons that were painted by a high school class and didn’t look realistic, well the object of byzantine icons was not a a realistic depiction of saints. The opposite is true, the object is to show the saints removed from their physical attributes in order to emphasize their spirituality. One should really do some research on what one writes. I never realised that looking realistic was the purpose of art and religious art at that! In any case, youmay like or not the places you visit but please try to avoid sweeping, laughable generalisations such as “there is nothing to do in Athens” and please don’t insult art which you don’t understand.
George Athan, New York, USA

Added: Monday July 31, 2006 at 11:37 AM EST
Off Balance
The comments about greece are so off balance. Greece is magnificent and if one can not see it, one needs to have a full medical check up and stop writing articles
George Kane, Bristol, UK

Added: Monday July 31, 2006 at 10:34 AM EST
Greece disappoints but Italy still delivers
I just came back from Greece and had awesome times ..athens and the islands were the best!!! i dont know about the person who wrote this article she sounds like a high school student with major issues (workers took the acropolis apart brick by brick! lol so so childish .,,….who cares if she was hot and she had to get her pony tail and t shirt its summer duhhhh…all i know is when i was in athens we had the best time ever and in talking to others and believe me there were many they did too…sweet evenings in plaka …amazing nights dancing in myconos .hehe paradise beach tops!!! …food the very best …ill do the same trip over and over again and again!
alex stone, brooklyn ny
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To all those readers who defendent my opinion I am much obliged and thankful.

Greece disappoints but Italy still delivers > Update August 1, 2006

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This is an update to our entry titled “Greece disappoints but Italy still delivers” which was posted on July 31, 2006.

Well, I was wrong!

If you read the above entire post, you will notice that I had my doubts whether The Huron Daily Tribune will publish my entire comment posted to their online newspaper, without any censorship. My comment was published as originally posted, plus the fact of additional comments, 5 in total, made by other readers.

First of all, I feel obliged to apologise to the Huron Daily Tribune’s Editor, for making falce assumptions. I will also contact them directly to apologise and express my thanks as well.

Secondly, please allow me to add that this exactly describes journalism’s freedom of speech, based on un-biased and un-prejudiced facts and figures. This also describes, in the best way, what Democracy is all about. Greece being the craddle of Democracy, Freedom, Justice, Friendship, Brotherhood, Peace for all Nations of this World.

In this article Huron Daily Tribune – Greece disappoints but Italy still delivers you will read the updated: “Greece disappoints but Italy still delivers” with the latest (including ours) comments.

In this page Huron Daily Tribune-News-Local Columns-Reader Comments you will read all of the comments (including ours) made by the Tribune’s readers.

For the sake of time we copy these comments below:

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Added: Monday July 31, 2006 at 12:56 PM EST
I just got back from Athens a couple of weeks ago and the weather and sites were great. If you only spend two days in Athens then you have to take what the weather gives you just like anyplace else in the world. Aside from the first two days in Athens when the temperatures were in the upper 90s and low 100s, the rest of my 12 days there were in the 70s and 80s. Whether it’s the neoclassical buildings around the Syntagma Square or the quaint older streets of Plaka district or the Parthenon’s classical architecture mimicked almost everywhere in the western world, there was plenty to see. Go to the town of Akrotiri on the island of Santorini and see the Pompeii of Greece, only this eruption buried the town 1600 years before the eruption at Pompeii and is possibly one of the sources of the legend of Atlantis. Also, don’t blame your poor choice in hotel location on Athens. I’m sure you could have found a comparble crap-hole in Rome, you just didn’t do that, did you.
Nolan Joonguth, Glenview, Illinois

Added: Monday July 31, 2006 at 12:50 PM EST
Greece disappoints but Italy still delivers
Dear Julienne,
I’m sorry to hear about your “unpleasant” experience while visiting my country Greece. Being a Greek, residing in Athens, the only thing that I understood from your story, is that you are very much prejudiced against Greece, Athens and its people. Although I sympathise your “bad” experience let me correct a few things, in order that justice is done:
1) Which hotel and in which area in Athens did you stay? Propably you did not afford to stay at a decent hotel.
2) If you prefer exotic countries such as Fiji, then why did you choose Greece?
3) Have you ever read about Greek History and Culture?
I suggest to learn a few things about – any – country you visit, before you visit. Ignorance is not an excuse. On the contrary.
I also suggest that you do visit this blog https://grhomeboy.wordpress.com so that you learn a few additional things and details about Greece, which you seem to either not know or either you forgot since your school days.
Respectfully yours
A proud Athenian from Greece, the craddle of Democracy and Freedom.
George, Athens, Greece

Added: Monday July 31, 2006 at 12:44 PM EST
Having been raised there, I will be the first to admit that Athens is not all beauty, as with every other city in the world there’s good and bad. Prostitution and drug deals exist everywhere, and it’s really not the city’s fault the writer of this article decided to stay in a seedy part of town. As for the icons that were painted by a high school class and didn’t look realistic, well the object of byzantine icons was not a a realistic depiction of saints. The opposite is true, the object is to show the saints removed from their physical attributes in order to emphasize their spirituality. One should really do some research on what one writes. I never realised that looking realistic was the purpose of art and religious art at that! In any case, youmay like or not the places you visit but please try to avoid sweeping, laughable generalisations such as “there is nothing to do in Athens” and please don’t insult art which you don’t understand.
George Athan, New York, USA

Added: Monday July 31, 2006 at 11:37 AM EST
Off Balance
The comments about greece are so off balance. Greece is magnificent and if one can not see it, one needs to have a full medical check up and stop writing articles
George Kane, Bristol, UK

Added: Monday July 31, 2006 at 10:34 AM EST
Greece disappoints but Italy still delivers
I just came back from Greece and had awesome times ..athens and the islands were the best!!! i dont know about the person who wrote this article she sounds like a high school student with major issues (workers took the acropolis apart brick by brick! lol so so childish .,,….who cares if she was hot and she had to get her pony tail and t shirt its summer duhhhh…all i know is when i was in athens we had the best time ever and in talking to others and believe me there were many they did too…sweet evenings in plaka …amazing nights dancing in myconos .hehe paradise beach tops!!! …food the very best …ill do the same trip over and over again and again!
alex stone, brooklyn ny

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Greece disappoints but Italy still delivers July 31, 2006

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As you all know, this blog, HomeboyMediaNews, advertises itself as your Gateway to Greece’s and Cyprus’s Daily News, Culture and Travel Guide. This blog has much proud for being a Greek one, although it primarily speaks English. This blog has NOT been objective, un-biased or un-prejudiced. This blog has been selective in what delivers to you, our valued readers. So far, this blog – maybe – has delivered only the “good news” or the “good stuff” or the “good and nice face of Greece and Cyprus”.

If you search through our posts and entries, you will find some additional comments by a Canadian couple and an American girl (student) who exactly wrote in their local community newspapers, telling about their experiences in both Cyprus and Greece, respectively. To them, we are thankful for their “positive” comments. But we have to live with the “negative” comments as well. Greece being the craddle of Democracy, has to learn (and the Greeks too) to live in such a democratic way and to honor not only the positive but the negative comments too. Only in this way we can become better citizens of our country and of the world.

The case may not be as like that. We do not want you to know us only because of the nice beaches, the hot sun, the ancient culture. You have to learn us from the bad side too.

This article is an example of how bad Greece, Athens and its people are > Huron Daily Tribune – Greece disappoints but Italy still delivers

Just quoting from the above article, which we do urge you to read so that you can make your own judgement, here are a few examples of what is stated there. The author is someone by the name Julienne who signs simply just like that. No courage, no guts to sign with a full name and surname or the town he/she resides.

Such examples are those who patronize negative opinions. Just like those negative opinions back in year 2004 that Greece was not to be ready for the Olympic Games. Alas! Greece and Athens were ready and we delivered the best and most spectacular and safest Olympics in their history!

So, Julienne wrote in that letter (?) dated Sent: June 9, 2006. Subject: Greece and Southern Italy, Hello, everyone! (more…)