Day 15: Good Friday in Athens, Take 2

Day 15: Friday, 26 April 2019 – Athens, Greece (37.9838° N, 23.7275° E)

We are in Athens!

It is Holy Week in the Orthodox Christian world, which Greece counts itself in; so we are in for a festive (sic?) two-days.

We were last here in 2008 when we had our infamous drunken night at a Plaka taverna (I am sure Zoe & Rainey remember that night!)…sadly, not everyone understood the rules of that leg that took them from Athens to Bucharest…we had to throw the whole leg out, much to the chagrin of a few teams…we lived and learned!

2019 Teams at ATH…before the bomb dropped on them…


Old Business:  We have gone over all the peer reviewed AMM Leg (Par 4) scores…(Scavenges completed & strategic Bonuses)
5th Place went to Transformed Travel Goddesses who completed 13 scavenges including 4 Bonuses for 1,065 points
4th went to SLO Folks who completed 15 scavenges including 3 Bonuses for 1,1,50 points
3rd went to Order & Chaos who who completed 25 scavenges including 8 Bonuses for 1,860 points
2nd Place went to Lazy Monday who completed 25 scavenges including 13 Bonuses for 2,045 points; and
1st place on the Jordan Leg went to Lawyers without Borders who completed 22 scavenges including 12 Bonuses and won the 4-legged beastie challenge for 2,190 points!

Congrats all on finishing the sixth leg…let’s roll on:

Overall leaders after six completed legs (par 16 of 25 completed)…the overall top 4 teams are
4. SLO Folks at 66
3. Order & Chaos at 57
2. Lazy Monday at 30
1. Lawyers without Borders at an event low of 25 (+9 over Par)

Three-Things I Learned from the Jordanian Leg: When the going gets tough, the champions push themselves. Participants spend a lot of time—too much time—guessing where we were going to next. Too many Bonuses confounded teams. Everyone loved Jordan…amazing.

Pre-Event Global Literacy Test: #8 – How many of the world’s 1-year old children today have been vaccinated against some disease? (Answer below)
A – 20%
B – 50%
C – 80%

The rooftop view from our team’s hotel

New Business:
So, we have one night, a quick 35-hours during in Athens during Holy Week, Good Friday at that…a Par 2 that started in ATH international airport’s arrival hall…and they were sent on their way.

Rule Changes: They may rent a car with another team (for Bonuses only) and smartphone use is okay. Don’t miss your plane tomorrow night…

5-Sample Greek Scavenges:
-Picnic on the island of Aegina in front of the Temple of Aphaia…
-Take a Plaka Street Art Safari…
-Participate in 3 Olympic venues: one from each the 20th Century, the 21st Century, and before the 20th Century…
-Enjoy the catch of the day at a Piraeus eatery…
-Attend an Orthodox Easter weekend service…

And teams are already having fun…
Lazy Monday performing Olympic feats…

One-Minute Interview with Team Ying 2.0

One-Minute Interview with Transformed Travel Goddesses

Check-in is tomorrow night at ATH airport at 9:45PM when we board one last flight and reposition ourselves from Here to There for one last week’s scramble…but where? 

We try not to hit our readers/followers over the head about The Global Scavenger Hunt’s cause-related, charitable purposes, but this annual event raises funds for GreatEscape Foundation’s twin goals: building co-ed elementary schools in low & middle income nations, and distributing interest-free no-fee micro-loans to budding global entrepreneurs (mostly mothers). Both our methods of helping others help themselves are designed to facilitate their great escape from the cycle of poverty—one person at a time! Happily, we have improved the lives of thousands: building a dozen schools, a mid-wife training facility, and funding thousands of mothers wanting to make a better life for their families.

So, if you have it in your heart to not eat a lunch out this week in order to make a small secure PayPal GreatEscape Foundation donation during the course of the 2019 event, we know a lot of kids needing a basic education that would thank you. And we’ll thank you too…with a tax receipt. Thank you!


Pre-Event Global Literacy Test: #8 Answer: C – 80% of 1 year olds are vaccinated…(but decreasing in anti-science countries)…and only 2 were correct (Chimpanzees up 7-1)