After taking this trip, I have come to realize a few things:
1. Chinese people are more everywhere than I realized! I have to carry more Chinese Bible literature next time!
We met quite a few Chinese backpackers in Ephesus and Cappadocia. In addition, Chinese yuppies (young upper class professionals) were everywhere on Santorini, all glammed up in designer clothes. We witnessed a mass wedding on Santorini island where 5 young Chinese couples were wedded right on a hill above the Aegean Sea.
2. Athenian customer service
Don't ever expect the happy-go- lucky friendly customer service attitude you are used to in the States. Most Athenians in the service profession do not have a customer service concept, and are quite impatient if you ask them to repeat something, or to do a little extra. For instance, I asked a waiter on the cruise to Santorini if he could add some hot water for my tea, and he told me to go to the counter myself.
3. Ancient Athenian concept of the Human in comparison to the Bible
In the audio tour we were given, we learned that ancient Athenians believed that humans were divine beings, and that humanizing their gods made them more real. The Bible already tells us that we are made according to the image of Jehovah, and yes, hence, we are a most unique and intelligent creation. Thinking that God is human, however, just makes one more prone to a prideful and self-reliant attitude...just what Satan wants. Really, can't we just recognize that Jehovah is so much greater than us? (Romans 1:20) Ok, I'll step off the soapbox.