Sunday, March 4, 2012

After leaving Abilene on Thursday, we arrived safely in Athens on Friday evening.  Alexander and Eleni met us at the airport and brought us to our new home for the month of March.  It is a very nice little one bedroom apartment. Then we ate at a little restaurant right around the corner.  We had sautéed mushrooms, rice, and eggplant.  They were great.

We had quite an experience after Eleni left.  We walked back around to our apartment, but we could not get the keys to unlock the door.  We rang for the manager several times, but he did not come down.  (We actually rang all the apartments to see if anyone would let us in, but no one did.  I hope they didn’t look out the window to see who was waking them up with that stupid bell.)  Marcia thought she had Eleni’s phone number, so she went back to the restaurant to see if the owner would call Eleni.  But the number Marcia had was a fax number.  So we tried several more times to unlock the door with no success.  We decided to go to the back door, but still could not open it.  We rang for the manager again and he answered this time, coming down in his robe to let us in.  (FYI-there are four keys to get in to our apartment and each one has to be turned just right and the door pushed at the right time.)

I was pretty lazy this morning.  When the jackhammer outside our window woke me, Marcia had been up quite a while.  We got ready to go to the Acropolis, Parthenon and Mars Hill. 

Before we left I had a little Danny Duggan time.  Can you believe I sat on the couch and thought about how to rearrange the furniture?  I am sure Danny would have moved the bed from the tiny bedroom to the living room so that we would be able to open the closet doors.

Back to our morning.  We walked downhill to the metro and found that we needed a picture to buy a month-long ticket.  We walked BACK UP 4 blocks to the apartment to get our driver’s license and went back down.  Identification was not enough – he wanted a photo he could use on our passes.  So we walked BACK UP 4 blocks to the apartment again to see if we could find a picture to use, and then walked back down. .  .  .  deep breaths, Janiece, deep breaths.  We finally got the tickets taken care of, and then we had to figure out how to read Greek to know which metro train to catch.

We finally made it to the Parthenon and it was great.  I stood on Mars Hill and looked around the countryside of Greece.  Looking up at the Parthenon and imagining all the people hustling around the area among all their gods and idols, - and then hearing Paul’s words as he spoke about the unknown God - was very touching.  We did enjoy our day very much.

Tomorrow morning, Sunday, we will go to the congregation at Omonia for worship.  They have 4 services – each in a different language.  We have our lists of the readers that began last week.  Please pray for those readers as we study with them, and pray for more people to come for this study.


  1. Glad you arrived safely. I can't wait to read your next post. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Karen B.

  2. I'm so glad you're writing this since I'm lucky if my mom emails me with any details at all! :)