U. of Oregon «Food & Culture 2017»

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Welcome to the Athens Centre!

This page is dedicated to your program and will be updated regularly!
Please check it out for information and important notes!

It is also a useful guide to your preparation for this trip!

We are all looking forward to welcoming you very soon!

Best,

Isabella Frangouli

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Program & Media Coordinator
Assistant Director
ifrangouli@athenscentre.gr

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«Food & Culture»

Summer 2017, June 18-July 7

Faculty director:
Prof. Stephen Wooten

Before arrival

Classes

While in Athens

BEFORE ARRIVAL

Important Arrival Info

All the students will be housed at the Art Gallery hotel, located in the centre of Athens. The address of the hotel is the following:

Accommodation in Athens: 5, Erechthiou street, Koukaki, Athens 11742

Art Gallery Hotel
Erechthiou 5, Koukaki,
Athens 117 42, Greece
Tel:  (+30) 210.923.83.76
(+30) 210.923.19.33
Fax: (+30) 210.923.30.25

Arrival in Athens El. Venizelos International airport:

1. Have Euros in hand If you do not have euros, you must change money before you leave the airport.

​2. The most convenient way is by taxi:

  • Fare 38 euros from 5:00 am to midnight OR 55 euros from midnight to 5:00 am.

  • Taxi sent by the Art Gallery hotel to pick you up: fare about 45 euros from 5:00 am to midnight OR about 60 euros from midnight to 5:00 am.

  • Since a maximum of four persons per taxi is allowed by law, for extra people a van service is also available upon request.

In case you choose either of the two latter options please contact the Art Gallery hotel with the airline company name, flight number, arrival time, the city you’ll be flying in from, and your mobile phone number (including country code).

Alternatively:

  • Metro (fare 10 euros / discounts apply for more persons, senior fare 5 euros) / last train 11:30 pm: Change at Syntagma Square* – last train from there around 00:20 am on most weekdays or around 2:20 am on Fridays & Saturdays. Take the red line No. 2 (direction Ellinikon) and get off at our metro station, Syngrou-Fix. Use the Drakou street exit. Walk up along Drakou street (a pedestrian walkway) for three blocks until you reach our Erechthiou street (slightly to your right after the pedestrian walkway comes to an end – off Veikou str.). This is about a 3 minutes walk.

       *Alternatively, you could get a taxi at Syntagma Square to reach us directly (fare about 4-8 euros, depending on the hour).

  • Airport bus X95 to Athens (fare 6 euros / senior fare 3 euros) / frequent departures 24/7: Get off at Syntagma Square terminal. From there same directions as above apply.

 

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Other hotels during the program:

* In Kea, you will be staying at Keos Houses, located at Korissia, Kea (Tzia)
Tel: + 30 22880-21661, Mail: info@keos.gr , Web: www.keos.gr

Field-trip in the Peloponnese:
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In Nafplio, you will stay at Victoria hotel, at
3, Spiliadou, Nafplio 211 00, Tel: +30 2752 027420, e-mail: info@hotelvictoria.gr Web: https://hotelvictoria.gr/contact-el/

* In Olympia, you will stay at Neda hotel, at
Karamanli 1, Archea Olimpia 270 65, Tel: + 30 2624 022563
Web: http://www.hotelneda.gr/
* In Delphi, you will stay at Acropole hotel, at

13, Filellinon Street, 330 54 Delphi, Fokida, Central Greece , Tel: + (30) 22650 82675, E-mail: Delphi@delphi.com.gr Web: http://delphi.com.gr/

 

Field-trip in Crete:
* In Irakleion, you will be staying at Atrion hotel, at
Gianni Chronaki 9, Heraklion, Crete 712 02

Tel: + (30) 281 024 6000 Web: http://www.atrion.gr/en
* In Hania, you will be staying at Kriti hotel, at
Nikiforou Foka, Chania 731 00, Tel: + (30) 2821 051881 Web: http://www.kriti-hotel.gr/

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Τhe Athens Centre:

48 Archimidous St., Mets.

11636 Athens, Greece

Tel. (+30) 210 7012268 / (+30) 210 7015242
The office is open daily, Monday to Friday, from 8:30am to 8:30pm. An emergency 24/7 telephone number is indicated on the answer machine if the office is closed.

info@athenscentre.gr / www.athenscentre.gr

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Packing for Greece
Checklist

Weather

Main temperatures in Greece in June range from 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures are lower in the islands and at sea, and evenings can be chilly.

Clothes

  • one or two “dressy casual” outfits (including appropriate shoes) for special meals or occasions;
  • clothing appropriate for rugged days of scrambling over rocks and exploring archaeological sites. Shirts and pants with pockets that can be zipped or buttoned are particularly useful to secure your passport, wallet, etc.  Pack comfortable, durable, clothing that can be worn/removed in layers (as temperatures require). Laundry facilities are likely to be limited or non-existent, so pack clothes you can wash in the sink of your hotel room and dry on a clothesline.
  • Sleepwear that you’re not embarrassed to be seen in by classmates (you will be sharing rooms!).
  • A windbreaker/rain jacket for windy/rainy days or chilly evenings.
  • a pair of sturdy, comfortable hiking shoes that you have already broken in (you don’t want blisters).
  • A brimmed hat for keeping the sun out of your eyes and off the back of your neck.  A fedora like that worn by Indiana Jones is always appropriate, but feel free to express your own sense of style in your choice of headgear.
  • At least one colorful piece of “University’s” clothing for group pictures!!!

Other Essential Items

  • Passport
  • Student ID (necessary for getting into Museums, etc. with our group, without your student i.d. you might have to pay extra)
  • An alarm clock (or smartphone equivalent).  You will need to be up and out early most days for us to cover the ground we need to cover.  Don’t miss the bus because you overslept!
  • Dramamine or Bonine (if you are susceptible to motion sickness)
  • Medications for their entire stay (if you take any)
  • Extra contact lenses (if you wear contacts) plus solutions, etc.
  • Extra pair of glasses (if you wear glasses)
  • Airline reservation information (boarding pass, confirmation #, etc.)
  • Credit card (Visa and Mastercard are accepted most places, but there is usually an exchange fee added to charges; Amex is accepted many places but not all). Advise your bank/credit-card-company that you will be traveling in Greece before you leave – otherwise they may freeze your credit card.
  • Cash (get Euros in advance from your bank to minimize exchange fees).  Remember you will be buying your own lunch and dinner most days.
  • Some sort of money belt/ pouch for securing valuables and your passport (one worn around the neck is particularly convenient; the one I showed you in class came from Target);
  • List of addresses (people you will want to send postcards to); and phone numbers (in case you have to call home for some reason).
  • Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, shaving stuff, comb, brush, nailclipper, etc.
  • Compact flashlight (for exploring tunnels and in case of power outages);
  • Sunblock/sunscreen (you don’t want to be incapacitated by sunburn);
  • Compact first aid kit (bandaids, aspirin, antibiotic cream, antibacterial wipes etc.)
  • Energy bars (several boxes – to keep your energy up when we cannot stop for meals while in the field).
  • Sunglasses
  • Digital camera with sufficient storage and extra batteries (make sure you know how to turn off the flash as this is often required in museums).
  • Cell phone with international calling capacity and recharger with adapter (optional).
  • Laptop and power converter/plug adapter for Greece (optional)
  • Ziploc bag of laundry soap, suitable for washing clothes in hotel sink.
  • A copy of The Iliad and The Odyssey (I believe that one should always carry a copy of the Iliad and Odyssey wherever one goes, but on this trip you may particularly want to have them handy; downloaded onto a mobile device is fine).
  • Notebook and pens for recording interesting observations.  If you don’t bring a laptop, you should keep a journal that you can convert to blog posts when you get Internet access.
  • A photocopy of your passport and any credit cards, driver’s license, or other documents you are bringing with you.  This should be packed separately from wherever you are carrying the originals.

Don’t Bring

  • Travelers checks – few places will cash them.
  • Drugs, alcohol, or other controlled substances (unless you have a valid prescription)
  • Firearms or explosives (duh!)
  • A bad attitude (We are sure this is not a problem!)
  • If you think you’ll need a pocketknife, pack it in your checked luggage.

And Remember …

  • Though you will have many evenings free for and after dinner, and though the drinking age in Greece is 18, remember that you are in Greece for studying not partying.  If you must drink, do so in moderation and get to bed early enough so you can rise, alert, rested, and ready-to-go in time for the next day’s adventures.
  • We are going to have fun, learn lots, and become charismatic, swashbuckling archaeologists.

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Greek Glossary – Part 1: Eating Out

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Greek Glosary – Part 2: Eating & Drinking Out & more

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The Athens Centre Newsletter

You can find out more about activities and News by reading our Newsletter here.

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CLASSES

Calendar and time schedule

A copy of the Calendar and the detailed itinerary will be given to you with your Welcome folder!

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Emergency Contact Info

THE ATHENS CENTRE
Contact info
Emergency tel: + 30 6932 269 010

48, Archimidous St, Mets,  Athens, 11636
    T: + 30 210 70 15 242    T: +30 210 70 12 268
    E: info@athenscentre.gr    W: www.athenscentre.gr

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WHILE IN ATHENS

What to do while in Athens

Check out our Facebook and website pages about What is Going On In Athens!!

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Cultural events page – Calendar

At the Athens Centre, various cultural events take place on a regular basis. DO NOT MISS THEM! THEY ARE INTERESTING AND FUN!

These include: lectures, weekly movie projections, potluck lunches, visits to various places such as galleries/museums and some times concerts!

Check-out our cultural events page regularly, here.

Our Cultural Agenda

Weekly movie projections by «The Athens Centre Movie Club»  Click here for more information!

Next movie: – The Athens Centre Movie Club presents: To be announced!

Other events:

  • An Olive Oil tasting, at the Athens Centre, with Stratis Camatsos. On Friday, May 19th at 6pm! For more information, click here.

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A Day at the Beach

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Visit a neaby island!

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Social media & Other AC info

Stay in touch with us by following our daily activities, reading the Centre’s news, watching/sharing/tagging photos & videos and leanging important informaiton and our cultural events” calendar.

«Like» us on Facebook, here

«Follow» us on Twiter, here

«Watch us on youtube, here

Check your photo album on our Facebook page!

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Join the Closed program group page on Facebook, entitled «

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12 Free Things to Do in Athens

You are  finally here!!! Welcome to the Greece, to Athens, to the Athens Centre!

Here is a list of fun FREE things to do while your free time n Athens. Read the full article here.

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7 Things to do in Athens on a Rainy Day

 

Rain is not common in the spring. But, if the Gods of Olympus decide so, here is an interesting article of how you could spend your day, without getting wet!
Read the information here.

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6 Athens Museum You “ve Probably Never Heard Of

Read here why you should visit them, while you are in Athens

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Your map in the neighbourhood
Pagrati (Mets)
(where the Athens Centre is located)

Your map in the centre of Athens!

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PRACTICAL INFO DURING YOUR STAY

 

ELECTRICITY

The electricity voltage in Greece is 220 V/50 Hz and the plugs are of type F. To avoid the risk of a short circuit, be sure to have transformers and adaptors for your electronic devices or ensure that your chosen accommodate will provide you with them.

CURRENCY

As a member state of the European Union and the Eurozone, Greece uses the EU’s common currency, the euro (€).

Cash can be obtained from:

  • All banks that accept currency exchange (Monday-Thursday: 8am-2.30pm & Friday: 8am-1.30pm, closed on weekends and public holidays).
  • Exchange offices situated in airport, central ports, big cities, as well as at many tourist destinations. A passport is required when exchanging currencies.
  • The ATMs of the banks that accept your credit card .

SHOP OPENING HOURS

Although the opening hours of shops vary from region to region, in large cities they are usually as follows:

  • Downtown shops, department stores and supermarkets: 9am-9pm, except on Saturdays, when they close at 8pm.
  • Local shops: 9am-2.30pm & 5.30-8.30pm (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) and 9am-3pm (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday)

Shops are closed on Sundays, except for local mini-markets, tobacco shops and street kiosks, some of which operate almost 24 hours a day, including Sundays, especially in tourist areas.

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

National celebrations and holidays

  • New Year’s Day: January 1
  • Theophania/Epiphany: January 6
  • Ash Monday, the 41st day before Orthodox Easter (movable holiday)
  • Independence Day: March 25
  • Orthodox Easter Sunday and Monday: Movable holiday
  • Labor Day: May 1
  • Assumption of the Virgin Mary: August 15
  • National Holiday: October 28
  • Christmas holidays: December 25 & 26

SMOKING

Legislation in Greece prohibits smoking in workplaces, transport stations, taxis and ferries, as well as in all enclosed public spaces. Smoking is also prohibited in large entertainment venues, such as restaurants, bars, cafes and nightclubs. Many, however, have smoking areas.

TIME ZONE

Greece belongs to the Eastern Europe Time Zone and local time is identified as GMT +2.
Daylight Savings (DST) occurs on the last Sunday of March, when clocks move one hour ahead. They move one our back on the last Sunday of October.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

In case of emergency call:

  • Ambulance service: 166
  • SOS doctors : 1016
  • Duty hospitals and clinics: 1434
  • Pharmacies: 1434
  • Poisoning first aid: 210 77 93 777
  • European emergency number: 112
  • Fire service: 199
  • Police: 100
  • Tourism Police: 171

HEALTH & SAFETY

Prior to your visit to Greece, prepare for the event that you need medical care:

  •  If your country of origin is an EU member-state make sure you are a holder of the European Health Card (EHIC) or any other legal EU document issued by your nation’s social security agency. You can find more information about the EHIC here. In such cases, the necessary treatment in Greece is provided by:

– IKA (Social Security Institute) Health Units (polyclinics) or doctors’ clinics in the region of travel;
– Regional clinics (formerly rural clinics) or the Health Centres of the National Health System
– The outpatient departments of hospitals

  • If your country of origin is not an EU member-state, make sure you have consulted your social security agency for information before travelling.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

During your visit to Greece you have the option of using the following modes of transportation:

  • Throughout mainland Greece:
  • The National Bus Network (KTEL)
  • The Hellenic Railways Organisation (OSE)

In the provinces and large urban centres (Thessaloniki, Patra etc.):

  • City and intercity buses
  • Taxis

In Athens*:

  • The metro and the train
  • The suburban railway
  • City buses and trolley buses
  • The tram
  • Taxis

* The standard pricing of public transportation in Athens is €1.40 for a regular fare and €0.70 for reduced fare. One ticket is valid for 1½ hours after it has been time-stamped at a ticket machine and can be used for multiple urban routes on all public transportation during this time. For further information about smart trip fares (weekly passes, all-day tickets etc) consult the ticket offices in metro stations, as well as at points in the centre of Athens. The sub-route Koropi-Airport operated by the subway and the suburban railway, terminating at the Athens International Airport is not considered an urban route, and therefore falls into a different fare category.

Useful tips for using city buses and trolley buses
  • A wide network of approximately 300 city bus lines (blue buses), as well as trolley bus lines, which serve transportation needs throughout Attica.
  • The operating hours for the city buses are 5am-11.30pm (blue buses)
  • The operations hours of trolley buses are 4.25am-0.40am on weekdays, while on the weekends the operating hours are 4.25am-0.15am.
  • Bus routes operating to/ from Athens International Airport (24hour service):
  • X93: Bus terminal on Kifisou Ave- Athens International Airport
  • X95: Syntagma-Athens International Airport
  • X96: Piraeus- Athens International Airport
  • X97: Elliniko metro station- Athens International Airport
  • Night bus service:
  • Bus Line 500: Piraeus-Kifisia
  • Bus Line 790: Glyfada-Peristeri (Agios Antonios)
  • Bus Line X14: Syntagma-Kifisia

24-hour bus line service: 

  • Bus Line 040: Piraeus-Syntagma
  • Trolley Bus Line 11: A. Patisia-N. Pagkrati-N. Elvetia
Useful tips for using the National Bus Transport Network (KTEL)
  • A vast network of bus routes (KTEL) connects each of the capitals of most of the prefectures. The buses comply with all modern specifications for the safe and comfortable transportation of passengers.
  • For more information call 14 505, a phone service that provides the official itinerary information of inter-urban buses (KTEL) all over Greece.
  • For further details concerning connection routes, ticket prices and bus departure and arrival times from Athens station to all over Greece, call 210-5124910/11.
Useful tips for using the metro and the electric railway
  • The metro (lines 2 and 3,) as well as, the overland train (line 1), constitutes Athens’ main urban railway network, consisting of a total of three interconnected lines.
  • The train (line 1) belongs to the metro line network. It is an overground train connecting to the subway at Attikistation and Omoniastation (Line 2), as well as, Monastirakistation (line 3). It is also connected to the suburban railway at Neratziotissastation and Piraeus stations. The line corresponding to the train’s route on transportations maps is the green one.
  • The subway consists of two subway lines, line 2 (Anthoupoli-Elliniko) and line 3 (Egaleo-Doukissis Plakentias-Airport). The line corresponding to line 2’s subway route is the red one, whereas line 3 is the blue route on maps.
  • To reach the city centre from Athens International Airport, use metro Line 3 (Egaleo – Doukissis Plakentias – Airport). It will take approximately 40 minutes to travel from Athens Airport to Syntagma Square.
  • Ticket fares from Athens Airport from the city centre (and vice versa) are €8 (regular fare) and €4 (reduced) per person, €14 for 2 people, €20 for people, as well as €14 per person for a round-trip ticket to the Athens Airport.
  • Lines 2 and 3 operate from 5.30am to midnight, except for Fridays and Saturdays when the metro continues to work until 2am. (Routes to and from the Athens airport have different operating hours).
  • The train (line 1) operates from 5am to midnight on a daily basis.
  • The Athens public transportation authority regulates ticket fares for the metro and the train. For further information, check here.
Useful tips for using the suburban railway (proastiako)
  • It connects Athens International Airport with the Athens transportation centre, OSE and Kiato.
  • It is connected to the rest of the urban railway network of Athens (metro and train) at Larissa Station (metro Line 2), as well as Neratziotissa station and Piraeus station.
  • It links to the Hellenic Railways Organisation (OSE) at Larissa Station.
  • The suburban railway operates from 5.30am to 11pm.
  • Ticket fares from Athens Airport to the city centre (and vice versa) are €8 (regular fare) and €4 (reduced) per person, while the round trip price to the Athens Airport €14 per person.
  • To reach Athens city centre from the Athens International Airport use the suburban railway and change to metro line 3 at Doukissis Plakentias station (towards Egaleo). Similarly, to reach Athens International Airport from Athens city centre, use the subway (or the train) to go to Doukissis Plakentias station (or Neratziotissastation) and then transfer to the suburban railway in the direction of the Airport (which will be the final destination.)
  • The Athens public transportation authority regulates the ticket fares of the suburban railway.
Useful tips for the tram
  • The tram connects Athens city centre to the southern suburbs
  • It operates three routes: SEF (the Peace and Friendship Stadium)-Asklipieion Voulas (Thucydides), Syntagma Square-SEF (Aristotle) and Syntagma Square-Asklipieion Voulas (Plato)
  • The operating hours are 5.30am-1am, except for Fridays and Saturdays, operating approximately from 5.30am-2.30am.
  • The Athens public transportation authority regulates the ticket fares for the tram.

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