Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Week 1 in Greece

We've been here in Porto Rafti for about a week now along with 32 Harding students. The boys have adjusted great to being here, and Becky and I are getting better adjusted as well. We're starting to get to know the that have traveled over with us, and I have to say I am quite impressed with them. They have been very friendly with our boys and have helped us keep an eye on them. Mike and Beth James (Mike is the director) have also been very welcoming.

If you are friends with Becky on Facebook, you can see a ton of photos we have taken. I'll just include a few here. Below is a photo from the coast of Porto Rafti. As you can tell, the water is gorgeous, and it's consistently sunny and dry during the summer.

The photo below was taken from the balcony of our apartment. This is the view I have when prepping for class (we're really roughing it wink).

Becky and I have taught a few days each, and our classes are starting off well. The students seem to be taking their studies seriously even though there are so many distractions here. It's a little strange teaching non-CS courses for the first time (Speech and Bible), but I'm enjoying it. When we are not teaching, we're spending time with the boys and interacting with the college students. We've been to the beach twice and gone swimming in the hotel pool a few times.

On the Thursday after arriving, we toured Athens and of course hit the Acropolis. (No, Ethan was not feeling sad, just being uncooperative.) We also sat on Mars Hill and read aloud from Acts 17 where Paul introduced the Athenians to the "Unknown God" they had been worshiping.

On Saturday, Braden turned two. The directors and students threw Braden a little birthday party, complete with chocolate cake and a few gifts.

We're leaving in the morning for a three-day tour of the Peloponnese. I'll write about it next week.