Today was basically one long bus ride. We drove to Thermopylae in the morning for a student report, but it’s incredibly hard to imagine the famous battle because the topography has changed so much. We did, however, get to see the hot spring for which the site is named, which was pretty cool, if very smelly.
After another long bus ride, we arrived at the Neolithic sites of Sesklo and Dimini. Our speaker, Nick Blackwell, is the assistant director of the American school and a really great speaker, but Neolithic stuff just isn’t my thing, on top of trying to revive myself after a long bus ride. It was cool to imagine people living there 6,000 years ago, but there’s not much on the group to look at.
After the sites, we went to a great museum in Volos, a nearby town. The layout was really informative, and the finds were really cool. They had a ton of painted grave stelai which you don’t see a lot of in other museums. Paint from the ancient world doesn’t survive too well, so it was awesome to see so many nice examples of it.
The evening was spent in Nea Anchialos, which was a small town on the beach. We were all eager for a swim, but were disappointed to discover that the water was full of trash. We hung out on the beach for a bit, though, so it wasn’t a total disappointment. Tomorrow we have our earliest departure yet – 7:00 am, so it’s time to get some sleep!