May 4, 2007.
Finally, I set off to Athens for a 23 day trip, alone.
Quite often, I had friends asking me the similar questions, "Backpacking? Greece? Turkey? Why?" And quite often, I felt hesitant to answer. "The freedom ... May be ... oh, the Aegean Sea, the blue sky, the beaches, and ... the ruins!"
I felt hesitant because I had never shown any interest in history, and I did not enjoy the sun and beaches that much. Honestly, I had no answer myself.
After hundreds of hours of reseach and planning, there were many question marks noted on my itinerary, even more unanticipated unknowns to be taken care of. Did I really care? No, not really. This was part of the game, and part of the fun. May be this was what I like, the adventure.
Here I go, on my way... Everything will be okay! Sing...
Thanks to my office's lovely Greek secretary Tina for some head-up info. Without her, I might have spent another hundred hours doing my research.