Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The Ae-NEIL-id

As I am in Europe getting a Master's Degree in a Philosophy-related discipline, a visit to ancient Greece seemed to me a required experience ...

Walking in the footsteps of Socrates and Aristotle in the big museum known as Athens ... trying to convince everybody (with great success) that I'm a student from Holland so that I could see all of antiquity for free -- debate the ethics of that !


I believe that God created the color blue for Greece ... this works on several levels as the Greeks are also notoriously pessimistic (documented to have a worse outlook on the coming year than even Iraqis), but I can't really understand why ...


After a few days in Thessaloniki developing a 10-euro-a-day cheap coffee habit with local student friends, I made the voyage out to Santorini (the most visually stunning place I have ever been) .... where I rented a quad to explore the island's red/black sand beaches and wineries, and to hunt for colors, shapes and shadows (in true Platonic fashion) of all forms ...

For more spectacles from my odyssey, wander over to the "Greece" photo link on the right ...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

blahblah greekgreekitygreek BOB greekgreek greekblah-- Haha awesome. Great pics amigo. I now want to go to Greece... someday perhaps.

--b.j.

p.s. you found almost as many animals as you did your shadow!

Anonymous said...

Neil,

Your pictures are so great! It sounds like you're really having an amazing time on this trip. I hope we can get to see you when you some back to Baltimore!

Mike and I need to pick your brain for vacation ideas for next year!!

Meghan

stoicsam said...

truly one of the most beautiful pics i have ever seen with you in it neil. way to go man. way to go. bellisima