Friday, August 5, 2016

We finished up the last day of our third week in the archives as usual. Now that we were coming up to the end, we had all settled on our own individual areas of focus, and had been digging deep through the oral history records, finding many interesting accounts.
There was nothing specific planned for the evening afterwards, but as it was the eve of the feast-day of the Transfiguration of Christ, some of us elected to attend the festal Vespers service. Conveniently enough, the church right across the street from the Center for Asia Minor Studies is dedicated to the Transfiguration, and so we joined Dr. Tom Papademetriou and Dr. Kitromilides for the panygiri celebration there. The service itself was beautiful, and afterwards the priests most generously treated us to a delicious meal with them. They were very welcoming to all of us, and went out of their way to make sure we were very well-fed by the time we left for the night (in typical Greek fashion).
Having sufficiently celebrated the eve of Transfiguration, we made our way back to the hotel for the night. After this, we had one day to prepare, and then would be off to Euboea!

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