Fall Romers reach new heights in Greece

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Emma Polefko, Contributing Writer

 

After a day spent harvesting grapes and participating in the campus’ own Greek Olympics, the Fall Romers embarked on their 10-day trip to Greece. Five weeks of intense study preceded the trip, on which the Romers’ education came to life at the ancient Greek sites filled with the history, architecture and art that they had learned about and developed an appreciation for over the course of the semester.

Their first stop was the small town of Delphi, known to all for its Temple of Apollo as well as its delicious honey-flavored dessert, loukomades.

Caryatid columns on the Acropolis overlook the city of Athens, Greece. Fall Romers spent 10 days traveling by ferry and bus throughout Greece. -Photo by Hunter Johnson
Caryatid columns on the Acropolis overlook the city of Athens, Greece. Fall Romers spent 10 days traveling by ferry and bus throughout Greece.
-Photo by Hunter Johnson

The day in Delphi began with a walk up the Sacred Path to the Temple of Apollo. That afternoon, a group of brave Romers led by Dr. Andrew Osborn hiked up Mount Parnassus. In the beating Grecian sun, the group zigzagged its way up the mountain until it finally made it to the summit, where Apollo is said to have sat, watching over Delphi.

From the zenith, the Romers were speechless at the raw beauty of the surrounding lansdscape.

“[You could see] the Gulf of Corinth right over the mountain; the view was incredible,” said junior Jack Friddle.

A day later, the Romers found themselves in Athens, climbing up the slippery steps to the top of the Areopagus, where Socrates and St. Paul are believed to have given speeches.

“You could feel the justice and democracy seep from its very stone, the same justice and democracy that runs my country today,” said sophomore Zackary Barreto.

The second day in Athens, the class climbed higher still to reach the Acropolis, which boasts the Parthenon, Erechtheum and Theater of Dionysus.

“We made our way up this steep hill. It was kind of a drizzly day, but as soon as we got to the top of the Acropolis, the clouds cleared, and I just remember nothing but the blinding whiteness of the marble from the temples. It was the big “ah-ha” moment of the semester. We had reached the top of the hill, and the skies had parted,” said sophomore Hank Walter.

Many bus rides later, the Romers stretched their legs in Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic games, and the last stop of the Greece trip. After faculty members took the class through the ancient Olympic Village, students were given a chance to race in the original Olympic Stadium.

“Walking into the arena where the first track was, I literally had chills; it was just so exhilarating to be there and be able to compete,” said sophomore Ellie Goerdt.

After experiencing all the high points of Greece, whether literal or metaphorical, the Romers were excited to participate in the race, an excellent capstone to the Greece trip.

In an exciting competition, sophomore Colin Goodman took away the laurels in the men’s race. Junior Lauren Green triumphed in the women’s, joining the ranks of thousands of former Olympians.

“To win was unexpected, but I felt like it was a fitting end to the Greece trip,” said Green.

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