I spent most of yesterday in a rather foul mood, so I medicated by doing cool stuff. This is the temple of Hephaestus in the ancient agora, the best preserved Doric temple in the Greek world. There's one in Sicily, in Taormina, that's almost as cool, but this place is really impressive. I've wanted to wander around it since I saw it last year, but it was only recently that I found out which site included it (there are five or so on the hill around the Acropolis).
I played a morning set on the shopping street, οδός Ερμού (Odos Ermou: the Street of Hermes, god of commerce of course!), and had a lovely time for awhile. I was beside a church, and it was a bit of a shock when people would stop right in front of me and cross themselves; I felt like I had to be either an awesome saint or utterly depraved to warrant that!
Then an amplified band started up the street, which was irksome. A few minutes later two gypsy kids started playing accordions right beside me, successfully chasing me off. I was in high umbrage, but didn't exactly see a lot of options.
I thought this was why I was grumpy, and I canceled my evening set due to a slight drizzle after visiting the Agora. Then I had a really good set this morning on the Acropolis Promenade, but only after being scolded by a cop on Ermou. I got home after my set and decided to take a short nap; three hours later I came to the conclusion I was definitely sick. I'm kind of encouraged, I didn't like the thought that I was becoming a Debbie Downer from some minor setbacks.
But today's Promenade set had been truly lovely. High schoolers were given the afternoon off to wander in costume for carnival, and they made great audiences. After my nap I decided not to force an evening set from an unwilling body, and visited the Parthenon Museum instead. It was a good call, since my body protested even that, and I really enjoyed the museum full of artifacts (and the view of the Acropolis from the third floor was breathtaking).
Here's hoping I feel better tomorrow, and since I found a market stall with stuffed grape leaves for $3 a pound I'll be sure to have some veggies!
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