it's OK that I didn't write much for this blog because it was a PHOTOGRAPHY trip. Right? Right. Well we wrapped up our time in Athens quickly. Seeing the Parthenon was surreal. It is massive. Athens was not was I expected. It was dang hot. Which was expected, but the smells on the streets consisted of fish, produce, exhaust, and B.O. Nice combo. There were tons of outdoor markets with everything from skinned rabbits (with tails still on) to dried apricots that tasted amazing. The "shops" along the street were basically like dollar store treasures set up on kiosks. We got to see the changing of the guards at the Parliament house. These guys wear some fun Greek uniforms that no American guy would be caught dead in. Holly had to leave us for a family emergency. I was sad and the trip hasn't been the same without her. I haven't had a belly laugh since she left. I am thankful for the time that we did have though. She's a great teacher and even better friend. From Athens, we drove three hours to Nafplio. It's on the coast has been a great escape from the craziness of the city. Yesterday, we took a ferry to the island of Idra. This part of the trip has been the best. Lot's of time to chill out, shop, and people watch. Good times. We have to leave at two tomorrow morning to get to Athens for our flight. That should be FUN. I'm hoping that will assure some hard sleep on the flight back home. I have loved getting to hang out and know the girls. They have done some beautiful work with their photography and I know this is an experience they will have with them forever. Our leaders are pretty amazing too. This definitely beats teaching and learning in a classroom in Houston. I feel like the girls have learned so much in so little time. Houston humidity, I am not looking forward to you. Italy and Greece you are great.