From HUGer Audrey:
As I crouched in the dust and stared at a very tired dog, I contemplated that where this tired dog lay with so little energy, that this was where all of the contestants trained with ferocity for a solid month before the Olympic Games.
While there were not as many contests as there are now at the Olympics, all of the contests where vicious. If a player died during the contest but won, that was the greatest honor. One sport that was a form of martial arts was particularly gruesome. The only two rules were no biting and no plucking of the eyes. Even the stoic Spartans said it was too violent.
Now back to the present, where I crouched in the dirt. With drying weeds, active archaeologists, and ruins all around me, it hardly conveyed the excitement and energy of the Olympic games.
As we meandered to spots of shade, I found out that there were over 50 alters to Zeus, lumberjacks, priests, tour guides, plumbers, and two tour guides.
We walked through the ruins and arrived at the stadium. We had a few races and some of us came to the conclusion that 200 meters is longer than what we thought.
After a quick lunch, we drove back to our Greek Home.
"Even though I tend to forget places I have gone to, I think I will rember Olympia because of what has happened there and what will happen."
Shout out to my Mom and Dad, I love both of you!
|Harding University in Greece||
HUG summer 2015