I’m here in hot and sunny Athens, Greece for the Olympics. Hoping to get away from the grind long enough to attend a couple of events as AussieGirl bought some tix to the Track & Field and Swimming competitions. All the bad press aside, I was really impressed with a lot of what I’ve seen so far. The new ring road is the one thing Athens needed most and it is truly a time saver when traversing the city. Every venue I’ve seen is beautiful and architecturally interesting, especially the main Olympic Complex. It’s too bad that they dragged their feet so much that the swimming pool roof had to be cancelled, though. That fact may be the lone negative to come out of the preparation, however rushed it was. The other good thing is that a lot of the Greeks are on vacation this month, so the traffic congestion is barely bearable. They even closed down lanes on main arteries, restricting them to official Olympic vehicles. If all the Greeks stayed in town, there would’ve been massive gridlock.
For us, the best part will come after the games are over. That’s the part where we sneak away on an island(or two) tour. Prime candidates are Hydra and Rhodos.
Ok, I admit I sort of dissed the flip-flop socks thing a little too fast. I just thought: cold weather – wear shoes with socks, warm weather – sandles sans socks. My blog post in late June was somehow found by Michele of the Flip Flop Socks
company. She gave me a piece of her mind, in a very nice way, and even was so generous as to send me a couple of pairs to try out (Behold….the power of the Blog). They’re actually pretty cool. It’s a strange feeling the way they hug your big toe, but a good kind of strange I think. I don’t really like to wear the thong-style sandles that these were really made for but, as the Prodigy sing, they are some funky shit, so I’ll wear them with my Birks while on my adventures down in Greece on those occasional cool nights. Who knows, maybe some world-class athlete will catch a glimpse of them, spread the word to his friends, and they’ll take the world by storm. By the way, in my travels throughout Europe, I’ve noticed the northern europeans tend to do the socks and sandles thing much more than anyone else. I see the company has a German site. That’s good, but I think they need to target the nordic market. Just my thoughts.