Welcome to the Greek Studies on Site Blog! My name is Joe Lerner, and as a first-time visitor to Athens, Greece, I will be sharing my experience as a traveler through GSoS.
The blog will mainly cover points of interest at well-known Greek sites, and a little bit of back story behind them. Will we cover the Acropolis? Absolutely. But what about the Odeon of Herodes Atticus at the Acropolis? Didn’t know that such a place existed? (Bonus Greek points if you did). Neither did I, but it is one such place rich with history and a destination you’ll want to check out!
While we will be covering major points of interest, as well as more obscure areas you’ll want to keep an eye out for, we will also be sharing general tips on how to enjoy your stay. For instance, knowing a little bit of basic Greek will go a long way. While there will be people at the major destinations who can speak enough English to move you along, sharing some Greek will endear Greeks to you in a heartbeat. Even if you struggle to stress the syllable in the right place, they will be more than happy to help you with your Greek and with whatever it is you need.
Before we even land in Athens, Greece, there are a few things we should cover.
Passport— If you are a U.S. citizen traveling to Athens, Greece, you will need to get a passport. The same can be said of a citizen traveling from their home country to another. In the U.S., the process of acquiring a passport can take up to 8 weeks. While the processing times can vary depending on your home country, it’s best to start it well in advance of your departure date. In rare instances, there could be a hiccup in the process. If you scheduled to receive your passport on the day before you fly out, it could be a problem.
Outlet Converter and Voltage Adapter—If you’re traveling to Athens from the U.S. and the U.K., you will need an outlet converter. If you’re traveling from another country outside of Europe, you will need to do the same. You can find an outlet converter at most electronic and travel shops.
You may also need a voltage adapter. Chances are, you may not need one if the only electronics you’re bringing are a laptop and a smartphone. If your charger has the following, [100-240 V/50-60 Hz], then you are good to go! Otherwise, you’re going to want to grab a voltage adapter as well.
Other—Pack comfortable clothes, good walking shoes, a hat, and sunglasses. The reflection of sunlight off the ancient temples is particularly “enlightening”. In addition, pack any medications/prescriptions you may need. While there are pharmacies in Athens, it’s best to have your essential items from the get-go.
When next we meet, our journey will begin in earnest!