Traveling to Athens
I have been to many countries and cities in Europe but I have never been to Greece and its ancient city of Athens. But mid last year, an opportunity came for me to travel to this city and I would not turn down the offer. Before I give you full details of my visit it would good if I let you know what I do for a living. I am a medical physicist and part of my work is teaching other medical practitioners on how to apply physics principles in diagnosing and healing diseases. As such I spend most of time moving around the world where there are institutions needing my expertise.
It was towards the Christmas Eve and I broke the news to my family, wife and 2 kids, who insisted that they would accompany me. I could not say no because I wanted to experience the new adventure with my family once in a while when my hands were not tied to the job I had gone to do.
Loving Medical physics
I love this career because I had a dream to become a physicist from my childhood. May be my late father was such an influence to me because he worked at NASA as one of the leading engineers and physicists in the 90’s. I love travelling and it seems this is what this career gave me since I have to go around the globe and give talks and seminars about how the practice of physics in medicine can revolutionize the health sector.
I also love what I do because it is such a good contribution to the society since phenomena like X-rays and ultrasound have helped mankind to learn how to detect, prevent and treat many diseases. I am always proud to be part of a team that saves a life through our practice.
The Athens experience
Once our aircraft touched down in Athens International Airport, we could see a buzzing city that should have been the main attraction to the Greek outstanding tourism. My company back at home had arranged our transportation and accommodation so we were picked and driven through the city to a serene tourist resort near the renowned Daphni Monastery. It was a scenic place and we all fell in love with it at the first sight. I could not wait till I was done with the official business that had brought me here so as to tour the city and take back home the story of visiting one of the most famous ancient cities in the world.
The following day I went to the city’s giant medical center where they had needed my assistance with setting up a contemporary medical physics laboratory in the country. They needed the guidance on how we had done it back at home where I worked. I found friendly staff members who were welcoming. I did the consultation until 11 a.m. and took a break till the following day.
In the afternoon I took my family out for tour around the city. The first place we went was the Acropolis Museum where we could see all the past of Greece culture and history from a glance. It was one of the best places that I really felt like coming over again and again. There were other small museums around the city such as Benaki and Numismatic but we did not make long stops in them. Before the end of the day, we also visited the ruins of the Agora.
The affective nightlife
Each of the other days was filled with fun as we explored all the interesting spots. One night I made sure that after the kids had slept I took my wife for a dinner so that we could sample the night life. It was fun listening to Asma lyrics and watching a tempting dance of Orchesis. I tried to join some guys who were dancing to the slow but intense rhythm but I would not keep up and we had to get back to where were putting up.
By the time our short visit had come to an end, we had loved the place and were resisting going back home. Since it was only to last for 2 weeks, we had to pack and leave a place that we had not known before but now seemed like we knew it for years. I promised my family that I would bring them back for our next holiday.