Greetings, folks! I hope you have some terrific plans this summer, whether they include travel or other interesting adventures.
I got to experience some wonderful travel moments during the past couple of months, and it’s time I started doing a little sharing. This year, I was fortunate to make my first visit to Greece, return to England, and then wrap up my trip by exploring Boston, Massachusetts.
My excuse to get to Greece was academic. I was invited to attend the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) conference and make a presentation about the Travel Writing Study Abroad program I have developed with one of my colleagues at West Texas A&M University.
The conference was great. I met some old friends and made some new ones. I also planned to stay in the city for about two weeks (more on that in a later blog post), so I knew I’d have plenty of time to explore. My first official site visit was at the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
Hadrian’s Arch is located here, too.
I was exploring with a group of friends and was happy to simply wander around, so we strolled down the street to pay a visit to the Panathenaic Stadium. The site has hosted sporting events for a couple of millennia.
By the time we got done, dusk was fast approaching, so I tried to capture a photo of the sun setting behind the Acropolis in the distance.
Pam Tran was one of my undergraduate professors and has just begun celebrating her retirement. She’s a dear friend, and she’s also the one responsible for putting me on the academic panel in Athens. I’ve been super lucky to meet her and her husband, Nguyen, in three different countries (once was a totally random occurrence). I think it’s starting to become a habit.