We arrived in Athens without too much fuss, or so it seemed. Turns out that one of the pieces of luggage was lost without a trace during the really, really short flight to Athens from Thessaloniki, but, by the grace of God, it wound up here at the hotel tonight when we got back from dinner. And there was much rejoicing.
However, my cell phone was stolen while getting of the metro at Monasteraki stop. I know exactly who did it, a shifty -looking bald guy in a polo shirt who bumped into me on the way out. Oh well, at least my money and passport were unharmed. I was pretty upset about it when it happened, and am still quite irritated, but it’s only a phone. I guess that’s one of the hazards of traveling in foreign (and home) lands. The funny thing is that I’d been reminding myself to keep everything important out of my pockets while in Athens because I knew just how prevalent pick-pocketing is on the metro, but in the rush of getting off of the stop with my bag I was the perfect target. About five minutes later one of our group, the good Sir Gregory, realized a man was rooting around in his pocket looking for valuables. Sir Gregory naturally gave him one of those glares that the English are so good at giving. But it was telling.
Anyway, I’m absolutely exhausted and am going to head to bed, but I wanted to post to let all of you that have my number know to no longer try and contact it. Since I wasn’t able to do it, my dad contacted the phone company and shut it down from afar. God-willing no sensitive information was gathered by the nefarious pick-pocket, and I changed all my passwords on email and things. May God have mercy on whoever took it, I hope they needed it more than I did.
We had dinner a great little restaurant near our hotel. The hostess was so kind, the lamb was delicious (as was the loukaniko and saganaki dish), as was everything else. Because of the loss of my phone the brethren were most generous in helping sooth my bruised pride. World traveler, not so much. But it was a very enjoyable meal and a very welcoming place. If you ever find yourself near the Acropolis Select, it’s right down the street. Rather new, and it’s all made right there. We certainly enjoyed eating in the courtyard and then meandering for a beer near the Acropolis.
Tomorrow we’ll be going to Liturgy at the parish of a friend of Fr. Alex and then have the afternoon free to visit the Acropolis and other sites of interest. I’m looking forward to seeing where St. Paul preached, especially. Hope you’ve all been well, wherever you are. I certainly miss Aghiou Pavlou and the fathers there, I pray that God will bring me back there sooner rather than later.
Hope your day was better than mine! Please keep us in your prayers, I’m definitely looking forward to being back in the States, although I’m so very thankful for the experience we’ve had thus far.