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Day 23: Athens

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Day 23: Another day, another museum. This time it was the National Archaeological Museum. I awoke at 4 a.m. to a horrible dream of sleep paralysis. One where I could actually feel the demons dragging me off to the land of the dead. Terrible, and I had it twice in a row. Maybe this crazy hostel is haunted. By the time I got back to sleep and woke up again it was 9 a.m. and then by the time I got to the museum it was 11 a.m. I wandered around, checking out all the highlights. I guess my favourite was Zeus throwing a lightning bolt. The bronze statue was found under the sea with one arm missing. It was pieced back together and it still looks great. But if you go, don't you dare do the Zeus pose in front of him, the security guards will yell at you.
Only about half the rooms were open, and the museum closed at 4. But do you know what, that was fine with me, I exhausted myself again. There was still two hours before dinner and the walk to the restaurant was less than an hour, so I got a beer and sat in a park to snack on almonds. Little did I know that someone was actually living in a tent right behind me. Oops.
Anyway, dinner was fantastic. I had "vacuum cooked" rooster in tarhana, an ancient Greek dish that I had never heard of before. It was amazing. I don't know anywhere else that might serve this dish but if you ever see it, you should order it. It's a once in a lifetime taste, I think. Here's some info about it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarhana

Posted by baixing 10:33 Archived in Greece

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