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Serial

I realize I was late to the Serial party, but there may still be some people living under a larger rock than me! And you can stop looking for the Cheerios. Serial is a podcast series from the creators of This American Life that debuted in October 2014. It is a true story told in parts and they kicked off the series with a doozie.

The gist: Adnan Syed was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend in Baltimore in 1999. A family friend contacted Sarah Koenig (a journalist) asking her to review the case 15 years later. Just look at all the facts, see if there seems to be anything out of place or fishy. And so she did. And they did a 12 episode series talking about just that.

You get sucked in right away – I mean, it’s real life. And it’s definitely not a clear-cut case. Each podcast is 30-60 minutes and you want to be able to pay attention. I listened (with my parents) on the drive to my brother’s house for Christmas and it was perfect for the down and back. One friend listened during her runs.

Just remember that there is not ending, really. It’s not all wrapped up with a nice bow. I don’t fully believe anyone’s story who was involved, but everyone should decide on their own. And everyone across the nation has very strong opinions. But I highly recommend it. Enjoy!

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Delphi

We woke up to a beautiful, yet very chilly, morning in Delphi. Built on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, Delphi was known as the home of the oracle, who told fortunes for people who traveled hundreds of miles. We started at the archaeological museum – again more amazing artifacts and statues. Many statues lined The Sacred Way – the path that led to the oracle. The Sphinx of Naxos and the Twin Kouros Statues are two of these. But the most beautiful, by far, is the bronze Charioteer. This young man had just won the Pythian Games (which took place in Delphi), you can see the sweat on his face and every detail of his body down to the eyelashes. Very beautiful.

We made our way outside to the archaeological site, walking up the winding Sacred Way as ancient Greeks used to. We reached the Treasury of the Athenians, beautifully reconstructed, then the polygonal wall – a retaining wall built in 548 BC and still completely intact as it was built. We reached the Temple of Apollo, where the oracle saw her guests, and kept climbing to the theater. The theater was built for music competitions honoring Apollo (the god of music) and is one of the best preserved in Greece (though we weren’t able to walk into it).

Back down to the bus, another delicious lunch at a family-owned restaurant in modern Delphi (I had couscous salad), then onward back toward Athens. Not without more stops though. We had a little time for coffee and wandering in Arachova, a popular winter/ski town for the Greeks. It’s a beautiful and cozy little town. Then another few hours on the bus back to Athens! Which reminds me, we had to get a picture with our very attractive bus driver, Finoures (sp?), who was a master at the sometimes sharp and dark curves of the mountains (I didn’t know Greece was so mountainous)!


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Ephesus

The next day on the cruise was a quick stop in Turkey – specifically Ephesus. We woke up (very early) in the beautiful port of Kusadasi. We boarded a bus and took a short ride to Ephesus. This is a place you really have to see to appreciate. Built in the 10th century BC, many are familiar with Ephesus from the Bible: the Apostle Paul lived there, preached the gospel, and later wrote a letter to the Ephesians (i.e. the book of the Bible).

This was our first stop at an archaeological site and it was just incredible. The fact that people dig up these pieces, figure out what they are a part of, know where and when it is from, and then put all these pieces back together is pretty much mind-blowing. The arches, the marble, the detail – there really is no way to describe it with words. They have recently opened the Terrace Houses to the public. These are houses of the wealthy families living right in the heart of the city. They have uncovered beautiful mosaic floors and colorful wall murals. The Library and the Theater were amazing structures and the theater is in good enough shape to still be used today for events! We also had a great tour guide who is an archaeologist, so she was able to tell us detailed and interesting information about the artifacts, statues, sites, and houses.

We also stopped at a carpet weaving factory. They demonstrated how the carpets are made (all by hand still) and how the silk is ‘harvested’. They can get a mile of silk out of one cocoon!! The carpets were incredibly beautiful but just a tad out of my budget (like 3 months of salary for a cheaper rug). The country really supports the sale of these, though, and covers the cost of shipping, taxes, and everything!

I would definitely recommend a visit to Ephesus, and now I want to see more of Turkey too! Back to the ship by lunch and off to another stop….


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Antico

I cannot believe I forgot to add this to my 30 before 30 list and write about it. Antico has been on my list to eat at since I moved to Atlanta. Almost 2 years ago.

I had a friend visit recently so got a group together for dinner. The Giovanni Di Palma & Son Co. has created Little Italy in West Midtown. Antico was the first establishment of these: true Italian pizza. Fresh mozzarella, fresh toppings, and absolutely delicious. My friend and I split the Capricciosa: mushroom, artichoke, prosciutto. It’s first come seating – and your pizza may come out before you have a seat. So large groups are more difficult and off hours are good. And BYOB (or they have some alcohol available to buy)! Definitely would recommend this place and I’ve heard the rest of Little Italy is just as amazing.

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#29. Surprise Party

I love planning things – so I obviously joined the social committee at work quickly after starting my job last year (and yes, we have a social committee). I decided to head up the planning of our coworker’s baby shower – and it was a surprise. A completely successful surprise. Which crosses off #29 on my 30 before 30 list!

Put a group of creative and fun gals together, and you get some pretty awesome events. Obviously work events can’t be too extravagant, but I’d say this was a solid shower. Ice cream sundae bar, brightly colored decor (since no one knows the gender of the baby), a fun game, and great gifts. Even the lack of A/C in the office causing the ice cream to melt fast couldn’t put a damper on the fun. One coworker made onesie cupcakes (see photo below) that were adorable! Yay babies and working in a fun office!! And we’re so excited for baby Weaver to arrive – a little more than a month to go!