All posts by Rafi NEWELL (Student Year 11)

A GORGEous day

What a GORGEous day in the Samarian gorge of Southern Crete. After a big night we were all pretty destroyed just like Brazil. Although we just got up at 5:45 we didn’t lose the world cup. (Germany 7 – Brazil 1). We headed to a lovely buffet breakfast in which no-one woke up early enough to be able to take full advantage and GORGE ourselves on the spread. We were shoved onto the bus which was claimed to be a 1.5 hour trip but somehow managed to turn into 3.

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With all that aside we ROCKed up at the top of the soon to be 16 km walk of the majestic Samarian Gorge. Marcus stacked up on a few early morning coca-colas to get him going. Because that’s the sort of drink that gives long lasting energy”’. Anyway back to the day, we declined a steep 2km very rapidly , showing us as well who was going to be the leaders and laggers of the day. With Mr Chambers at the back keen to swim every time water showed up and Mr Pyne bouncing off rocks convincingly with his sturdy shoes and setting a good pace. With small stops every few km’s and a nice lunch break in the middle of the 5 hour walk, it was truly a serene area. Green trees and humoungous mountains surrounding us. It was at times hard to take in the gravity of how beautiful the area we were in actually was as we continually had to look at where our next step would be. For Ed and I, it was one of our favourate locations as it gaves us and the boys some personal space and ability to take in and remember where we have been, as there was a lot of thinking time.

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With an interesting grand finale of the trip, Tim Latif was chased to the exit by some goats which obviously did not see a future friend in him. Walking out of the gorge and leaving it behind we entered a small town where we waited in the 700 degrees sand/ pebbles/ rock/ and had our daily dose of gyros. Before the ferry back to the bus. We are currently writing this on the ferry with some tired and sore boys on the beautiful waters although it isn’t as Samarian GORGEous. With only one day left the new boys are still going hard.

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(PS sorry for bad puns)

Cheers,

Ed penrose, Rafi newell

Newingtons first battle and a big bus trip

A big day of travel for the boys on the 3rd day in Greece, along with some sightseeing at the National Archaeological museum in Athens a quick stop off to the site of the battle of Marathon and to top it off a warm welcome to the mountains of Delphi and it’s beautiful streets.

With an early morning start tension in the group was high as well as the usual morning race to have the first use of the toilet and shower. After a filling breakfast it was only natural that the trip to the National Archaeological musuem was met with overwhelming enthusiasm (It also helped that the museum was not 3000 degrees and was indoors.)  After a brief walk to the museum we embarked upon a stroll through halls filled with all sorts of beautiful greek history, including statues, pottery, weapons etc. dating back to the very first Greek settlers. As well as the desperate search for seats in each room.

The search for the seat in complete
The search for the seat in complete

What was good is the boys got some time to themselves to split up and look for bits in the museum relating to history that they enjoyed for themselves. We also had a look at the famous death mask of of King Agamemnon (general at Troy). After 2 hours at the museum we headed down to the cafeteria where we discovered a small tortoise they no one worked out how it ate/drunk/survived.

Rafi and the Tortoise
Rafi and the Tortoise

After a refreshing lunch we headed back to the hotel (semi-lost with Mr Chambers) we departed on the 1 hour  bus trip to the site fo the battle of marathon, in which it took less then 5 minutes for the boys to fall to sleep.  We arrived for a quick stop at the historic site of the battle of Marathon in which the Athenians won (Vs Persians).

Mr Pyne enthusiastically explaining the Battle of Marathon. Mr Fisher making an appearance
Mr Pyne enthusiastically explaining the Battle of Marathon. Mr Fisher making an appearance

After a quick chat we got back on and headed to the serene hillside town of Delphi with a smalls top at a country shop where we ingested some of the most unhealthy food ever seen. (a list of foods which I and Finn have never seen before). After this 3 hour drive we got the Delphi and checked into the homely hotel Acropole. With a nice dinner above us where Tim Latiff refused to eat his quiche which caused a debate between us year 11’s which is yet to end at 11 pm tonight. The night ending with a good walk around the town with a pass  of the football in the town square and everyone hoping to get some good sleep for the big night at the historic sites of Delphi tomorrow.

Playing some soccer in the square
Playing some soccer in the square