December 3 – Moment. Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors).

Chandra and I had spent the last few hours walking around Knossos, an extraordinary place that we’d both read about in text books for years. It was our first full day in Greece. I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by the amazing experience of finally visiting a place I’d been studying for years. To actually see the evidence of a civilization from thousands of years ago. To see one of the first and most controversial archaeological sites in the world.

My mind was full of all of these thoughts. It was blissfully hot. I could feel my bare legs tanning in the sun. I smelt of sun screen. We ordered fresh orange juice and sat on a terrace. It was so refreshing, easily the best juice I’ve ever tasted. And it was so perfect, and pure on a hot lazy afternoon. We drank it while discussing history. Maybe I didn’t feel so much alive as right. It just felt right.

In truth, there are so many more moments I could write about. So many times I felt more deeply than I have for most of my life. It was definitely a year of spectacular moments.

Me, in Knossos


  • By mark, December 3, 2010 @ 3:50 pm

    Moments such as you describe linger in the memory for years and grow more precious with time.

  • By Courtney, December 3, 2010 @ 4:16 pm

    What a cool moment. Those “right” moments are what being alive is all about.

    On a side note, I’m intrigued by your studies of Greek. As a huge fan of the book “A Secret History” I’ve been dying to learn more about the language/history but I have yet to begin.

  • By Hezabelle, December 3, 2010 @ 4:44 pm

    I did my MA in Greek and Roman Archaeology, so if you have any questions feel free to give me a shout! I also read The Secret History last year, and could probably ramble about the Bacchic rites and they’re Greek word play for a while :)

  • By Chandra, December 20, 2010 @ 5:03 pm

    awwwwwwwwwww so true…one of my best moments of the year too! LOVES!

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