Finishing Photos of Day Four
Before I show you the remainder of the photos from Day 4, I would like to update you on the Middle East situation. In my last post, I mentioned that the US had finally rescinded their travel warning, but at a time that was too late for me to visit the country again on this trip. Now today, in light of the news that Osama Bin Laden was killed at his hideout in Pakistan, they’ve released a new travel warning. Though this warning is nowhere near as obstructive as the last one, it is far more widespread in that it includes all of the Islamic World, including Egypt and Turkey. This warning only exists to warn Americans that there is a high probability of retaliation by al-Qaeda and related groups, who wish to prove that they are still as potent now as yesterday. That said, I do not believe that I am in any particular danger here in Turkey. For starters, the party in power is the Islamist party, so there is little likelihood that Islamic terrorist groups are going to try anything here, if only because they don’t “need” to. Further, from my experience, Turkey (in general) loves Americans, even if they disagree with the US’s war policies. I will keep an eye out for any trouble, but I do not believe that there is any cause for concern. I hope that this relieves you all (and especially my mother and grandmother).
Now that the important part has been said, let’s get to the fun part! Here are the remaining images from my fourth day in Athens for you to look at. If you’ll remember, I had gotten up early to visit all of the sites that had previously been closed, with a quick stop at a bath house museum with my new friends from The University of Strathclyde. Soon after that, I went to Piraeus via subway to go swimming in the Mediterranean Sea. Finally, I returned to Athens via the same subway and stopped at the Hellenic Motor Museum, the photographic subject of the previous post, before returning to my hostel.
Now that the day is fresh in everyone’s mind, enjoy the rest of these photos!