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Live in a Greek Village, Climb Mt. Olympus: American Farm School’s Unique “Greek Summer” Program for High School Students

One of the oldest and most successful summer study programs for high school students, “Greek Summer” will take place June 29 – July 30 this year.

Hosted since 1970 by the American Farm School, the program welcomes high school students from throughout North America and the world aged 15-18 for an unforgettable experience in the Greek countryside, that culminates with a climb to the top of Mt. Olympus.

Hosted since 1970 by the American Farm School, the program welcomes high school students from throughout North America and the world aged 15-18 for an unforgettable experience in the Greek countryside, that culminates with a climb to the top of Mt. Olympus.

Live in a Greek Village, Climb Mt. Olympus: American Farm School’s Unique “Greek Summer” Program for High School Students

Beekeeping, American Farm School at Mount Olumpus Greece

American Farm School Program , Boating in the Sporades island

Live in a Greek Village, Climb Mt. Olympus: American Farm School’s Unique “Greek Summer” Program for High School Students.

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Santas do run around Greece, up the mountains and down the sea , but is there any gift…?

Thousands dressed as Santa Claus, flooded Chania streets on Saturday December 27, participating in the 4th Annual Santa Run. Regardless of the cold and damp weather PARTICIPATION WAS HUGE, enough to make the traditional Chania port  …red, as well as the streets and every single corner of the traditional Cretan town . The run, that was held for charity in Chania, the second largest city on the island of Crete, takes place every year during the Christmas period.

santa 473775_10151232533933962_1248636714_o santa run 1 sANTA cHANIA But also, another  Santas event was organized on Crete, this time up on the mountains, where twenty fans of canyoning descended a beautiful canyon on the island. The event was organized by the Cretan Canyoning Association.The descent of the association took place in the canyon of Eligas,  by the 20 Santa Claus dressed members of CCA, of men and women.

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The Cretan Canyoning Association started operations ten years ago, with the purpose of mainly educating young people to the standards of French and Italian canyoning schools and also the preservation and repair of secure locks, the exploration, the security and the mapping of new canyons in Crete. and al laround Greece .

A couple of weekends before Christmas, Athens was “miraclously” dressed in Red, the morning after a night when the city had turned to a battle- field, by the  hundreds of Santas marathon runners.

Like  a miracle picture in the eyes of the Greeks, the visitors, and anyone who happened to find himself in Athens during the 6-7 of December weekend, Santas ran through the city with festive cheer Sunday morning, a few hours after the same city, in the same streets had become a war field as protestors torched the downtown with Molotov cocktails. In the morning it was all clean and ready for the first ever Athens Santa Run, and smiling, the  600 “Santa Clauses” gave the street a festive feel again. More on our earlier story .

After the riots come the Santas in the city of Athens
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After the riots come the Santas in the city of Athens. So ,definitely Greek to you !

Like  a miracle picture in the eyes of the Greeks, the visitors, and anyone who happened to find himself in Athens during the 6-7 of December weekend, Santas ran through the city with festive cheer Sunday morning, a few hours after the same city, in the same streets had become a war field as protestors torched the downtown with Molotov cocktails. In the morning it was all clean and ready for the first ever Athens Santa Run, and smiling, the  600 “Santa Clauses” gave the street a festive feel again.

Santas geared up on Sunday morning to run the 2.5-km race down Panepistimiou Street in order to raise money for the Athens Municipality’s children’s parks. There was a tiny young Santa taking part, just 3 months- old, and the oldest was 84 years of age.

After the riots come the Santas in the city of Athens (photos)

After the riots come the Santas in the city of Athens

After the riots come the Santas in the city of Athens

After the riots come the Santas in the city of Athens

After the riots come the Santas in the city of Athens

After the riots come the Santas in the city of Athens

After the riots come the Santas in the city of Athens

After the riots come the Santas in the city of Athens

Well over 211 people have been detained after an all-night battle that took part following protest rallies held to commemorate the shooting of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos by a policeman in 2008. Athens turned into a war zone after 8 p.m. with riots breaking out in the streets around Exarhia, the Polytechnic and Omonoia.

Destruction in Athens

Destruction in Athens

10847792_872339736118234_66921602029100487_nShops were set on fire ,citizens were damaged. Over hundred people were arrested. It was the anniversary of the killing of Alexandros Grigoropoulos, who was 15 at the time, during the ex-New Democracy governing in Greece, that usually brings since 2008 thousands of anti-state demonstrators on to the streets each year the same day. But this year, the tension has been intensified  over  self-proclaimed anarchist who witnessed the killing in 2008, and is now on hunger strike over the Greek authorities’ refusal to let him attend university classes. Nikos Romanos, currently serving a sentence for robbery but is now in hospital in a critical condition. Romanos, whose clinical condition is very critical, is reported to be insisting on attending classes in person. “I won’t back down”, he said. “Struggle until victory or struggle until death”.