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"Then Paris decided to pay a visit to the Queen of Sparta, Helen..."

Here is the story of the great city of Troy, which fell to the hands of the Greek empire. Paris, son of King Priam, caused this war. He took Helen of Troy, then Helen of Sparta, to his homeland. King Menelaus was furious, so he called his brother, Agamemnon, ruler of Greece, to help him destroy troy (lol). They succeeded, and it was Paris’s fault. How this child lived for more than 20 years, I have no idea. Paris had Hector solve all of his problems, which I’m guessing Hector

"Greece: for every amazing archeological find and innovation in preservation methods, there is

I wanted to love Greece. In all sincerity. But it felt like an acquaintance you are just not sure you want to become real friends with. Upon arriving in Athens, on a cold, gray, rainy day my initial reaction was of shock; after all, we have been “chasing the sun” since the beginning of our RTW trip. With the exception of a few scattered days of rain, the vast majority of our time in South America and Africa has been blessed with sunny days, warm weather and bright blue skies.

"When I first went to the Acropolis, I was excited to see the Parthenon and the other structure

An acropolis is a raised portion of a city, usually at the center. The word acropolis comes from the Greek roots “acro”, meaning “high”, and “polis”, meaning “city”. When I first went to the Acropolis, I was excited to see the Parthenon and the other structures. The Athenian Acropolis has a lot of history, including the naming of the city, the theft of some of its structures, and the unique architecture of the Parthenon. According to legend, when the city of Athens was first

"Machupicchu: Thoughts of "appropriation of remains" crossed my mind, but I quickly p

by Rodrigo DeMedeiros The highlight to our Peru trip was - predictably - Machupicchu. We took an ungodly early train from Ollantaytambo to the small village of Aguas Calientes, just a short bus ride to the entrance to the magnificent ruins of Machupicchu. Our guide Manuel was waiting for us at the train station, and took us straight to the Rapu Wasi lodge - a beautiful tree house style lodge with rustic wood bungalows stacked on the rocks with a great view of the adjacent m

"Isaias is our guide for most of the Peru trip. I like him. He's cool."

by Marco Richter de Medeiros Chinchero is a lot different from what you would see in the United States, especially Fall City. The architecture is much different. Where we build with wood, they built with concrete and stone. Chinchero people dress very differently than us. The women wear traditional dresses with fancy hats. The men wear traditional drawstring pants and ponchos over their body. The market was different as well. Either it wasn't a busy day or the market just sim