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At 6:00 PM
March 17, 1998

Sunrise (local): 6:39 a.m.
Sunset (local): 6:37 p.m.
60°F partly cloudy
Traveled Since Last Dispatch
85 mi / 137 km

Cumulative Total
3232 mi / 5205 km
Lat: 37° 34' 02" N
Lon: 22° 48' 11" E
Elev: 102 ft / 31 m

Fast Facts

Where We Are: Nafplio (Nafplio, in Greek)
Where We're Staying: Pansion Acronafplio
Places We Visited: schools in Corinth and Loutraki, Corinth Canal, archaeological site at Epidaurus
Featured Site: Amphitheater of Epidaurusvisit the World Heritage Site page
Person of the Day: Michael Popakalodoukos click to view a photograph
What We Ate:
Food of the Day: Spanakopita is a filo dough (thin sheets of layered pasta with butter brushed in between each layer) pastry stuffed with spinach. Sold by street vendors and almost every bakery, spanakopitta is a quick, economical, tasty and filling snack.
Breakfast: spanakopita, Greek coffee, juice
Lunch: pastries and fruit
Dinner: zatziki, Greek salad, chicken giro (chicken pieces on a skewer)
Olive count: 1875
Word of the Day: "Belosphorom" click to hear an audio clip is how you say "football" in Greek. While in America this would mean American football, everywhere else in the world, it means soccer.
Tech Fact of the Day: In trying to figure out the population of an ancient towns, one rule of thumb that archeologists follow is to multiply the seating capacity of the town's amphitheater by a factor of 10. For example, the amphitheater of Epidaurus has a seating capacity of 14,000 spectators, therefore it served a population of around 140,000. Obviously this is an approximate measurement, but it does give archeologists an idea of the size of the city they are excavating.
Flat Count (Cumulative): 22
Broken Spoke Count (Cumulative): 27
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