05.02.2013 - 05.02.2013 14 °C
We went to visit the archaeological site of Tiryns today. Abby decided that she'd had her fill of ruins yesterday, and elected to relax at home instead. Getting there became more difficult than we expected, as our GPS seemed intent on taking us down every back road and alleyway it could find. Eventually, we made it to Tiryns, and explored the site. It was bigger and more impressive than the ruins of the hospital we'd seen yesterday, and we were allowed to go walking through them rather than just looking at them. There was a small construction team working on the ruins, and they had placed markers all over the rocks. Still, it didn't mar our enjoyment. We meandered all over the site, and discovered the many nooks and crannies of the place. It was kind of fun to imagine what sorts of goings on we might've encountered when Tiryns was more than ruins.
Afterwards, we went to see a little monastery not too far away. Unfortunately, it was very secluded and all fenced off, so we had to watch from afar. We saw a nun tending to a fire, and a whole bunch of chickens strutting about. We climbed the hillside and reached a tiny church nestled in a grove of olive trees. The view went on forever, and was impressive even with the perpetual haze. As peaceful as the place was, however, I don't think I'll be joining a convent anytime soon.
We returned home to retrieve Abby for lunch. I suggested going to a different place, but was outvoted three to one. Not that the gyros haven't been good, but I thought it might be nice to have a little more variety. My mindset is clearly not the same as my family's in that respect, who prefer the "tried and true" approach. After our meal, we went for a stroll on the breakwater. Though not quite as nice as our own breakwater (you end up hopping from rock to rock as you progress, and the sheer buildup of trash is a little off-putting), it was still a pleasant walk. Abby and Dad talked about who knows what, while I was taught the basics of matrix algebra by my mathematically-inclined mother. Not your average lazy afternoon conversation, but I'm pretty sure the fact that we're on this trip exempts our family from being described as "average".
Back home, we were given a wonderful surprise. We had planned to do laundry here in Nafplio, and thought that we'd probably have to go searching for a laundromat. Correction: my long-suffering parents would go searching for one. But as luck would have it, Mom and Dad discovered that our laundry could be done on site... for free! And we wouldn't even have to be the ones to do it. (We don't know who received the unfortunate task of washing up instead.) As unexciting as this may seem to you, laundry becomes a major issue when one is on the road. Not having to spend an evening waiting at a laundromat, hanging clothes over heaters, or stirring soapy socks in the sink is thrilling. And they smelled sooo good when we got them back, too.
We finally got some use out of one of the many panini makers we've come across during our trip. They've been more common than coffee makers, much to my father's annoyance. As it turns out, we've missed many opportunities to have very tasty and easy-to-prepare meals. We made the most of it while we had it, though, despite the fact that the bread wasn't the right kind (according to Abby) and the panini maker's perilous tendency to close whilst our hands were still inside it. Shortly afterwards, it was time to wrap the evening up, because travel days tend to mean early-bird days.