Walking past the ruins of the Temple of Zeus with the Acropolis in sight, we fumbled our way through the center of Athens with the help of a map to eventually guide us to our hostel despite the confusing and obscurely marked streets. After wandering around for a considerable amount of time, the arrival at our hostel which was well worth the journey. We were told by the manager that all dorm rooms were full; so they were upgrading us to an apartment for no charge! With excitement and anticipation we lugged our baggage up a narrow, spiral staircase and opened our door to reveal a quaint and charming interior, complete with a leather couch, TV, coffee table, small kitchen, and a decent sized bathroom and bedroom! Already, even though we had touched down in Greece only a few hours before, we felt extremely blessed.
After arriving back home in Athens, we walked around the Historical Gardens as the sun was setting behind the Temple of Zeus. It was quite a sight to behold! It wasn't long until I gave into my lingering temptation to pick an orange from one of the numerous orange trees. I ended up with a sour, acidic mouth and sticky fingers. Not a smart choice. We then walked home to our apartment and planned our trip to the beach. The anticipation of blue water and 60+ degree water excited me so much, I even wore my swimsuit to bed.