Homecoming Greek-Style

December 4, 2014 9:50 PM

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My friend and I have a saying, "Sleep is for wimps." But the past several days of travel had really tested my devotion to this oath. Starting in my hometown of San Francisco, I'd flown to Chicago for the marathon, driven to the airport promptly thereafter and boarded a flight to Europe - only to sit idle on the tarmac for the next five hours. Needless to say, the delay caused a missed connection and I spent another glorious five hours pent-up inside an Amsterdam airport lounge. When my flight to Athens finally did depart I hadn't slept in over two days.

It was my first trip to Greece and, being entirely of Greek heritage, I was hoping to arrive in a more refreshed and energetic state. Instead, all I could think about was crawling into my hotel room's bed and passing out. It was late afternoon and the jetlag, sleep deprivation and soreness - from ju...

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