Through Inner Arcadia
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Next morning, after breakfast I had a long conversation with Susanna's husband about the best route through Arcadia. Following his recommendations, we set off on the Ethniki Odos for Lagkadia. After Lagkadia, we turned south and passed through Dimitsana before stopping for lunch at Stemnitsa. After we pulled the vans off the road, I led the kids into the main plateia of Stemnitsa and told them to hang tight while I scoped out a place for lunch. I went into the first place that seemed open, and asked if they could accomodate us. They could; we had some of the best food I've ever eaten; the kids were monumentally impressed; and then the adults went for coffee at Katafygio, a cafe off the plateia, and the kids wandered around.
We got back in the vans and headed for Tripoli on the mountain road. No one got motion sickness, except for a minor scare at the beginning of the trip in the morning. We stopped frequently for breaks and photo opportunities and it warded off the problem. There was unanimous agreement that Ms Broome-Raines' idea to drive through Arcadia was a good one. Of course, Ms Broome-Raines wasn't driving a nine-seater van around dozens of fourkettes.
In Tripoli, we stopped for ice cream in the main square by the church (at Dodoni, where we got ice cream with ASCSA in Summer '03). After that, we picked up the new Ethniki Odos for Korinth and came straight into Nafplio.
(translated from Greek)
"Hi, I'm coming in from Tiryntha, how do I get to the hotel?"
"The hotel is full."
"We have a reservation."
"There are no outstanding reservations."
"We've had this reservation since October 26."
"I can't help you."
"But you emailed me to confirm it. I have a print-out of the confirmation."
"Oh, I remember you. I faxed you back that the confirmation was no good the next day."
"I don't have a fax."
"Yes you do, you faxed me your credit card number."
"Yeah, from the Kinko's. If you replied to that number, I never would have gotten it. That's why it says 'reply to email'."
and on and on.
Eventually, the guy came to meet us at our car (Vasilis in person, in fact).
We went to fetch the kids, checked them in, and then the adults took off for our own private dinner party. The kids by this time were itching to do their own thing for dinner, and Nafplio is harmless, so we let them off the hook for the evening.
Afterwards, we went back to the hotel. We had meant to go out for a drink but we were all so tired. (This is starting to be the theme here.) In the morning, we left at 8:00 for Mycenae. We took the wrong road but next year we'll know to turn right after Tiryns, and we won't get mixed up again. The Museum was closed (Monday opens at noon, oops) so we went up to the Citadel, where we had a student presentation, my lecture, and the kids went down the Secret Cistern.
I took off for the hotel for an hour while Steve, Anne, and Cristina took the kids to Palamidi. Katrina and I came here to work on our email for a while. The plan is to do a repeat of last night, but with shopping this time too :-)
I absolutely loved the trip through Arcadia. I have taken almost 600 photos so far, and most of them were in Arcadia. I think we will probably make this part of the trip standard for the future!
Well, that is all I can think of at the moment. We are all having a wonderful time, the weather has been spectacular, and even the teenagers (a very hard-to-impress group) are loving it. Happy New Year to everyone :-)