We spent the day relaxing on the beach and adjusting to the countryside. There we met a Canadian from Montreal named Katherine. We all decided to hike Mt. Olympus the next morning. It ended up being one of the most difficult hikes I've ever done. We only had time to hike a couple hours in and then back out so that we could catch our next bus. The hike was beautiful and we managed to make it to the river that runs through a huge canyon.
After a five hour bus ride we arrived in Athens two days ago. Finding our hostel was easy and I was surprised that it was located in a cute, although touristy, part of town, called the Plaka. Yesterday I spent several hours visiting the Acropolis. The ruins there included the Parthenon and were simply amazing. At the top the wind was blowing so hard that my dress blew right up, giving all the tourists a nice view of my purple polka-dotted underpants!
Last night we met a group of friends at the hostel. We all watched the final soccer match of the EuroCup together here on the big screen. There were several Germans at our hostel singing bits of their anthem throughout the game, but in the end Spain took the cup. We had great fun here on the second day but we are ready to leave. Our next stop is the Greek Islands!