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not like what you've heard

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The news of Greece has for more than a year, for the most part, been depressing. Seems as if the Greeks haven't been reading about how poorly they're doing.

Cafe life, so often a good barometer of the spirit of a place and it's people, is in full bloom. Even with the 'tourist season' declaired as over, the shops, museums, and cafe's are packed.

I've found no signs of the financial collapse or the maurading hordes of Greeks ready to storm the halls of the birthplace of Democracy. Instead I see huge tour buses often full of Greeks, anxious to experience the beauty Athens in the fall.

Off in AM to the island of Rhodes.

Posted by Coulter Adams 12:07 Archived in Greece Comments (3)

A Journey East

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Like so many I've been deeply saddened by the flood of tragic images of those fleeing the war in Syria. Seeing the looks of fear on the faces of children and of the despair in the eyes of their parents, has moved me to try and find a way to be of some small help.

When I first began to travel in the Middle East I was in my late teen's. Since then I've had the good fortune to return more than half a dozen times. During each of those journeys I was offered countless opportunities to experience great kindness and generosity from nearly everyone I met. Nearly always nothing was asked in return.

This time I feel it's my turn to be the one who offers up something to those who now face such an epic struggle.

After a brief layover in Athens I'll continue south to the island of Rhodos. Once there I'll take a ferry to the port city of Marmaris, on the Turkish mainland.

From there I'll head north where in less than a days travel, the coastline in several places, stretches west in rocky thin finger-like, strips.
It's on these points that those fleeing the war, get their first glimpse of just how close they are to reaching their goal of reaching Europe. It's also here where so many thousands have been forced to make the terrible choice whether to turn back or risk their lives to the sea.

Posted by Coulter Adams 05:00 Archived in USA Tagged greece athens croatia bosnia syria refugees rodos Comments (3)

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