Louisville's Greek Festival
One of my favorite travel experiences is something as mundane as waiting in line to buy a ticket at the train station in Athens. The line was barely moving and the Athenian would-be passengers were screaming at each other and the railway employees, who in turn were screaming back at the potential customers. Had it all been in English, I'm sure I would have had a splitting headache and either plugged in my iPod earphones. But it was in Greek, which made it amusing as all hell and enjoyable.
The was next day it was Greek Independence Day (over the Turks), my first time celebrating another country's holiday. I watched the Greeks proudly display their American- and Russian-bought military might before having a traditional Greek meal at an outdoor restaurant, looking up at the Parthenon and shooing away the gypsy girl who kept playing her harmonica next to my table.
Later that night my train was delayed when there was a bomb threat at the station, which just made a fascinating city even more interesting.
Anyway, any screaming at Louisville's Greek Festival
probably will be in English, there are no major Greek holidays this weekend (that I know of) and it's doubtful there'll be a bomb scare, but Greek culture is a lot of fun, so this event should be as well. Plus, according to its Web site, this weekend the only time there's a Greek restaurant in Louisville (would a restaurateur please address that problem?).
If I were going to be in town this weekend (I'll be at Bonnaroo), I'd be at the Greek Festival all weekend, gorging myself on gyros, Mythos and one of Europe's most under-appreciated cultures (seriously--what do you know about Greek culture beyond the Olympics, mythology and ancient Athens?).
(Photo: Zach Everson