From September 1997 to June 1998, a team of cyclists circled the Mediterranean, visiting cultural sites and schools, meeting local people, and writing reports of their visits. In March, the team continued its journey through Turkey in two groups, eventually rejoining in Istanbul. They then traveled to Greece and Albania. Click on a date to view the complete report submitted for that day. The towns and cities the team visited and a brief list of key topics covered in the report are shown for each date. Dates are listed in the form MM/DD/YY.
|03/02/98||Istanbul||Topkapi Palace, Ottoman Empire, Constantinople, history, Mehmet The Conqueror, daily life|
|03/04/98||Istanbul||karishik komposto (food), tears, injustice, Cistern, Hippodrome, symbolism in religious arts|
|03/05/98||Thessaloniki||media, antiquities, King Philip II of Macedon, history, alphabet|
Vale of Tempe
|salanaki (food), sports, Mount Athos (Agios Oros), Greek Orthodox monasteries, salt and bikes, travel, mythology|
|frappé (food of the day), Pericles, Sparta, Athens, History, olives, media|
|03/11/98||Athens||kaltsounia (food), intricacies of the Greek language, velodrome, "Greek" vs. "Hellenic", Crete, "kafeneio", AEGEE, Erasmus, cultural exchange|
|tzatziki (food), Greek restaurants, Katerina (Person of the Day), Acropolis/Parthenon, HISTORY, "No Limits World," a quick tour of Athens, Greek-Turkish relations|
|03/15/98||Athens||tiropitakia (food), museum for the blind, village life, Internet, antiquities, National Archaeological Museum, Homer, Ptolemy, minotaur, Mycenaean and Minoan civilizations, Corinth|
|Epidaurus, amphitheater architecture, South Eastern Mediterranean Sea Project UNESCO, Corinth Canal, Nero, school visits, environment, Asclepius|
|03/18/98||Langadia||Nafplio, Venetian Fortresses, biking in snow, Arcadia region, Tripoli, Pan the god of good times, peaceful mountains|
|03/20/98||Olympia||souvlaki (food), Olympic Games, Wonders of the Ancient World, the Greek gods|
|tighanopsomo (food), Delphi, Apollo, oracle, equinox|
|03/23/98||Ioannina||loukoumi (food), Independence Day, Ioannina, HISTORY, Ottoman Empire, transportation, bicycle race, daily life, Perama Cave|
|03/26/98||Konitsa||Ioannina High School, wax museum, George Tselikas (Person of the Day), dangerously strong winds, Konitsa at night|
|03/27/98||Konitsa||grilled meat (food), the Town Hall and Mayor of Konitsa, earthquakes, school presentations|
|03/28/98||Konitsa||provatina (food), kayaking, hiking, Vikos-Aoös National Park, nightlife|
|03/29/98||Konitsa||fresh stewed green beans (food), parasailing, lift, thermals, the Sky|
|03/30/98||Konitsa||Bekri meze (food), schoolchildren, Greek playground games, parasailing|
|03/31/98||Tirana||bus ride through Albania, border crossing, "pillbox" bunkers, first impressions of Albania, History (modern)|
|Albania Itinerary Continues in April|
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