My train from Sorrento to Bari was three hours late, so Joe and I ended up missing our boat to Patras and staying in town for a night. This would have been fine if there was ANYTHING to do in that town. As it was, McDonalds was the most exciting thing we could find. After reading Chuck Klosterman’s article on Chicken McNuggets, however, this wasn’t such a bad thing. The best part about being stuck in Bari was that it forced us to take the boat the following day, allowing me to run into Jennifer Dupont while boarding. It was such a crazy coincidence, but really ended up making the whole ride easy and enjoyable. We shared pictures, talked about Friendswood, and snuck into areas of the boat that we weren’t supposed to in order to get a better look at the stars. Before we knew it the entire 15 1/2 hour ride was over, and we parted ways. Still, it was nice to see a friendly face from back home after two weeks on the run.
Greece was fun, but very low key. We spent the majority of the time sitting around, talking, or eating. While we did go to a beach one day, and climbed around the castle ruins another, we really didn’t do that much. I got burned pretty badly at the beach in Githio (pronounced Yee-thi-oh) because I foolishly thought I could cancel out my farmer’s tan by only putting suntan lotion on the area that was tan. It would have worked, but I decided to go exploring along the beach and ended up exposing my back to blistering sun for nearly two hours. To top it off, the coves I went to explore were disappointing, the rocks we had to walk on were excruciatingly painful, and I forgot to bring a camera to capture the whole event.
Now I’m back in Brussels, watching hours upon hours of the West Wing with Davide. I hung out with the Beardsleys (the family I lived with my senior year) the first night I was in town, which was wonderful. It’s bizarre to see how much the kids have all grown up; Edouard is now 6’3″!!!!!!! He has grown over ten inches in the past eighteen months! Last night we had a barbecue at my friend Sam’s house, and I was able to meet up with a bunch of kids from ISB that I hadn’t seen in years. Hopefully soon we’ll stop by the school, because I haven’t been back since graduation, and I don’t really have any pictures of the campus. I really wish I took pictures in high school as often as I have in college; I probably have less than 50 pictures from all four years. Anyway, most of my time here will be spent relaxing, so I don’t know if I’ll have another update before I return home.
Also, it’s actually really nice to go without a computer for weeks at a time. Whenever I log on to Facebook now, I always have a lot of messages, and it makes me feel better about myself. It has also forced me to read more often, which I have loved. I finished every book I brought with me, including The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Chuck Klosterman IV, and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius for those of you who care. Plus, if you haven’t checked out the latest issue of Empire, it’s pretty incredible. They did thirty covers for the thirtieth anniversary of Star Wars (I got the Han Solo one, of course), and had a huge section on the thirty best characters. I’ll be in the UK before my flight, so I can try to find a special cover if anyone (i.e. Brandon) wants me too. They’re also cheaper when you buy them there…
Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure!