School trip to Athens

Sunday, 29th January 2017

First of all, our road trip started at 7:00 pm. At about 12:00, we arrived at the Museum of Culture And Civilization of Asia Minor “Filio Chaidemenou”. There, we had the chance to  contact with the culture of Asia Minor through objects, photographs, written documents, books, clothes, bridal outfits and videos. All these things were saved thanks to the mental power and the efforts of Filio Chaidemenou, who managed to gather them despite the difficulties and suffering. This was the goal of her life: to open a museum in order to ensure that Asia Minor and its civilization will never be forgotten. The museum is admirable so it was quite a constructive experience!

At 4:00 am, after relaxing for a couple of hours in the hotel, we visited the “Stavros Niarchos Foundation”, a cultural center named after the Greek ship owner and constructed to be the home of the National Opera and the National Library of Greece. For the time being, many concerts and exhibitions are being organized there. Its architecture is unique and unusual and it is built on a hill on the top of which someone can get a panoramic view of Athens.  I consider it was a life-time experience since we had the opportunity to visit this foundation and we really appreciated it.

At 7:00, we arrived at Veaki Theater to watch the performance “Filio Chaidemenou”, which is related to the museum we visited the previous morning. For me, the performance was undoubtedly an amazing way to assimilate our knowledge of the museum. Moreover, Despoina Bebedeli, the main actress, had a breathtaking role play. The play was about the life of Filio Chaidemenou, her powerful and decisive character and her attempts to keep the civilization of Asia Minor “alive”.

Monday, 30th January 2017

This day was quite amusing for us. At 9:00, we arrived at ActionAid Hellas. There, through interactive activities associated with migration and refugees, we got through their own storm thought about those people who abandoned their homeland for a great deal of reasons (war, poverty, unemployment etc), and we expressed our points of view on this matter, although we got a bit confused in the end. In my opinion, it was the best possible way to absorb knowledge, via playing and learning.

After completing our program, we visited the Presidential Guard, where we got information about Evzones or Tsoliades and their role, which is exclusively honoring, their tasks including looking after the monument of Unknown Soldier, their training, their uniforms and their shoes (tsarouchia).  I consider that Evzones depict our country on a very high level, that’s why it was an unforgettable experience that we enjoyed very much. I hope we will have the opportunity to pay a visit to the place again.

After the visit at the Presidential Guard, we went for a walk through the narrow streets of beautiful Plaka under Akropolis. We spent a couple of hours there and then we started our way back to Larissa, full of positive impressions and joy.

Anna from the Greek team.