The last week or so has been very hectic. I have a bunch of amazing photos to upload, but I don’t have the facilities right now. In hindsight, maybe I should have brought my laptop.
The packing for the Olympics went very well. After we were done, I checked into the Electra Palace Hotel in downtown Athens. It was a great hotel. I was in a room with a balcony and a view of the Parthenon.
The day after the pack, I went to the Greek island of Aegina, 45 minutes by boat off the coast of Athens. I’m very glad I did. It was very calm and relaxing. The food was fresh and cheap, and swimming in the ocean was relaxing. I could easily see renting an apartment on the island for a month, and doing nothing but swim every day.
Yesterday, I arrived in Rome. I am staying in a pretty hotel called the Hotel Lancelot. I’m enjoying myself so far. I am hoping to explore the city a bit today, even though it is already the afternoon.
My friend Phil refuses to take vacation directly after working a big event, and I am beginning to understand why a bit more. Because of the hours I was working, my sleep schedule is all screwed up, and I am still a bit tightly wound. Phil points out that you want to be able to enjoy vacation as much as possible. On the flip side, it is nice that I’m not at work.
My only current frustration right now is that I seem to have lost my RSA fob and one of my compact flash cards. I had already copied the contents of the compact flash card, but the RSA fob was attached to a nice keychain bottle opener from Carnegie Mellon. I can replace the fob, but the keychain might be lost forever. I think I left it in Athens, but the hotel didn’t find anything. It also means I can’t easily check my mail, but that’s not a big deal–I’m on vacation. :-)