Greece Day 8

We actually got some sleep last night. I must thank our chaperones for letting us sleep in. We woke up and went to breakfast. This might be surprising but we actually had breakfast in our chaperones rooms instead of at the hotel. Anyways, after breakfast we went to Chania (pronounced Hanya) and explored the city and bought some cool souvenirs. Chris, Michael, Graham, Ryan, and I spent some time in a jewelry shop like real men and bought some stuff for our moms and/or sister(s). For spending so much time, and money, in the jewelry shop the employees each gave us a silver pendant for free. After the jewelry shop we went to a weapons shop. Might I say that there were some sharp weapons. After the weapons shop we went to a wallet shop, didn’t know they had one of those, and Chris bought a wallet. After that we went to a bookstore and bought some cool books. Once we had used up all our free time we went to the dock and boarded our glass bottom boat to go snorkeling. On our way to our snorkeling spot we passed an island that was inhabited by a type of goats that only exists in Crete. On top of that island there was a fortress. Also on our way to the snorkeling spot we passed over a German plane that was sunk. There wasn’t much of it left though. At our snorkeling spot we went snorkeling for a bit then went to shore. Once at shore, Mick, Chris, Mark, and Quin started building sand castles. While they were doing that Michael and I tried to catch fish with our hands. It wasn’t very successful. After that we started catching hermit crabs. Once we were back in the water the guide took us all over the place. He picked up shells for us and poked at fish so we could see them move. He gave me a sea urchin shell. After many mouthfuls of salt water he finally showed us the octopus. As he was bringing the octopus up, it started squirting ink. The guide put the octopus on all of us. It ended up inking on Graham. The feeling of an octopus on you feels very weird. It isn’t as hard to get off as some people think it is. We got back and had dinner at Bahar again. Even though it was our second time, the food still tasted great. It was a very long day, but we had tons of fun and couldn’t wait for tomorrow.

– By Jonathan Boss

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Greece Day 7

Day seven started out by going to Knossos. It took about 2 and a half hours to drive from our beach side resort to the legendary palace. Before visiting the actual site, we went to a restaurant right outside the entrance. The restaurant had many tasty foods and drinks. For instance, Mick ordered a vanilla smoothie and Michael ordered some snails. In the site we saw many replicas of ancient paintings that used to be in the palace. We also saw the oldest road in europe.

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After the site we went to a great beach filled with soft sand. There we played a cool game with a paddle and tennis ball. We drew our own lines for our “homemade” court. After a fun afternoon at the beach, we went back to the resort to change clothes and go out to a quaint little restaurant near the beach called Bahar. The food was unquestionably the best food we had experienced in Greece yet. After a fun filled night filled with mirth and laughter, we traveled back to the hotel and called it a night.

– Christopher Howard and Michael Chen

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Sustainable Giving and Learning…

People remember how you make them feel….

People want to be involved in things that are meaningful…

Things that touch and change people’s lives…

For 2 days, sometimes in rain, Pace Academy students participated in a garden project in partnership with Ubuntu and Coca-Cola Fortune in South Africa.  The initial plan started with 8 plots but Pace students, working along side students and community members, were able to build 27 plots.

In the end…the students did not want our students to leave and gathered around the bus to show their appreciation for the time and effort our students put insuring that they will be able to have a hot meal at school.

UBUNTU, U ME WE

“Ubuntu means if your brother or sister is down, pick them up. If they are hungry, feed them. If they are strangers, accommodate them. Ubuntu is humanity; think of brothers before you think of yourself. That is what Ubuntu is all about.”- Sipho Gumede (South African Musician)

Students from Pace Academy got to see first hand the work Ubuntu Education Fund is doing in South Africa. Students participated in a 3-day overview of the work Ubuntu Education Fund is doing to improve the lives of people in South Africa.

At the end of the workshop, they were challenged to come up with an UBUNTU plan for their own communities, U ME WE

Morgan

  • Latino/Hispanic…fastest growing minority in Atlanta
  • Lowest performing in reading and math
  • Many parents don’t speak English
  • Continue to raise awareness and volunteer at local Hispanic/Latino outreach organization.

 

Zach

  • Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Two years ago started having monthly bake sales to raise money and awareness for breast cancer
  • Has raised over $7,000

 

 

 

 

 

Cami

  • Hunger in Atlanta and the food bank
  • U- they need help and they need to reach our and ask for it
  • Me- easy to do, you go to the warehouse and you pack boxes
  • We- you can go with friends on the weekends or twice a month on a weekend and make a huge difference

 

Greece Day 6

We woke up this morning knowing that we had a very long list of things to do, and the students rose to the challenge. We packed and left the hotel by 9, and prepared for the journey back to Athens. After an hour drive, we pulled off the highway to climb Acro-Corinth, the mountain fortress near the ancient city of Corinth. Although we were able to drive most of the way up, we had to park and hike the final 40 minutes or so to the top of the castle walls. Because the acropolis there was next to good farmland, easily defended, and a very valuable port, different cultures from different eras had attacked and conquered the city over the last two thousand years. As a result, we found a Greek temple, a Byzantine chapel, and a mosque inside the fortress. When we finally arrived at the top, we were treated to an incredible view. Nice we caught our breath, we descended back to the vans and continued our path to the airport.

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We were comfortably ahead of schedule, so we decided to make a detour to the famous cliff of Sounion, the very spot where the mythological King Aegeus supposedly leapt to his death after mistakenly believing that his son, Theseus, had been killed by the Minotaur. The Aegean Sea was named after this event. We enjoyed the view and the temple of Poseidon dedicated to the spot, and then made the final drive to the airport.

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Conveniently, we found the Athens airport to be incredibly efficient! There was no line at security, and after a short bus ride we boarded the 25 minute flight to Crete. We picked up two new vans once we arrived in Chania, and drove to the beautiful Blue Beach hotel. The boys began playing soccer on the nearby field, and even convinced a British student traveller named Frank to join them in a game of basketball.

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Finally, the crew retired to their rooms, prepared to make the journey to the ancient palace of Knossos in the morning.

– Graham Anthony