Giant Trails

Of those at the table in the café where on winter noons a garden of frost glittered on windowpanes I alone survived. -Czeslaw Milosz, Warsaw 1944. Everyone was a little puzzled by my utilization of last week’s long weekend.  Why Poland, of all places?  Besides a smattering of kielbasa jokes, the average global citizen knows fairly […]

Normal Days

It must not be thought, dear reader, that Josh the blogger has been careening from classical ruin to classical ruin, beach to beach, with hardly a paper in between.  In fact, I’m devoting a whole post to demolish this myth, and I lay it here at your feet.  I’ve decided to record my weekday schedule, […]

Mystra in the Mist

Ahoy again! Josh the Wandering Hedgehog has just returned from his field trip in the Peloponnese.  He has been very good at buying postcards, but very bad at budgeting.  I’m very tempted to speak about the Stadium at Olympia -site of the eponymous games, or of my recent trip to Mycenae.  Perhaps I’ll do that […]


My alarm springs to life at 6:30 AM in our windowless cabin.  Our modest cruise ship of sleep-ridden Americans has swept into the ancient harbor of Heraklion, Crete. Κρητη, as it’s known in Greek (Kree-tee).  We have good butter and bad coffee at the little breakfast bar, and tumble into the waiting buses for the […]

Common Courtesy

Once again I resurface like a beluga from beneath the arctic circle, and almost as graceful. Athens has treated me well. The Greeks are, in truth, a remarkably kind and courteous people. Among the elderly there is the slightest suspicion of foreigners, but among the vast majority of folk on the street, I’ve been treated […]

Ahoy from Athens!

Chairete, friends! I’ve landed in fair and summery Greece, which shall be my home for the next four months. At noon today, the plane that moseyed me up from Kuala Lumpur gave up her jet-lagged dead. And here I am at last in the cradle of feta cheese, democracy, and the totalitarian state. Quite a resume for a nation […]

The Cyclops: Greek Theater in Center Stage

The semester is finally winding down, and that means due dates of final papers, exams, and projects and looming closer by the day. One of the more enjoyable final semester projects has been the ancient Greek theater performance for my Attic Tragedy class. Throughout the semester, we have been reading through the works of famous […]