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Chania is a city on the northwest coast of the Greek island of Crete. It’s known for its 14th-century Venetian harbor, narrow streets and waterfront restaurants. At the harbor entrance is a 16th-century lighthouse with Venetian, Egyptian and Ottoman influences. Opposite, the Nautical Musuem has model ships, naval objects and photographs. The former monastery of St. Francis houses the Archaeological Museum of Chania. from NCL Daily Report

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The family had to wake up early for our visit to Chania located on Greece’s largest island Crete. Our blunders of our vacation continued as we (me really) did not realize how large Crete really was and we booked a walking tour to visit the ancient village of Knossos. When we got off the ship we realized that we were almost 65 kilometers away from the site. When speaking to the taxi drivers it would take up to two hours to get there and we only have 5 hours on shore today so those tours were cancelled (and money lost due to cancelling the same day)!

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Luckily, we reacted instantly and decided to get on the bus towards the downtown area to view the city and its old town. It was still early so we could appreciate watching a city wake up and prepare for tourists to invade the city. The bay area which we focused our time in was impressive as you can see the influences of the many cultures that had spent time in the region. The walls of the city were great to walk on as it provided some great pictures for the family.

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As we walked around the bay, I realized how clear the water was in the bay which is strange as it is typically more polluted given the active boating in bay areas. This allowed me to see fish swimming along when a friend mentioned that they were Minnows! More signs towards the relevance that Steem continues to play in my life! Minnows willl soon become the most important class here as we continue to expand the capabilities of our ecosystem.

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After stopping for some coffee and what would be my last Baklava from Greece, we decide to take an alternative route in order to see the shops along the way back to the bus. While we did not buy much given the little time we had, I continue to think about the Greek people and the adversity they have seen in the last couple of years which I have been able to relate to given the situation in my former residence, Puerto Rico. Despite globalization creating an expanded middle class, the case in some countries has been more challenging as the standards to live in a globalized world costs more than the benefits they bring; Greece and the EU experiment continue to demonstrate this clearly.

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We left the island behind wondering what more it could have offered us but given the time constraints, we had to miss most. Greece as a whole has had a big impression on me as it has far exceeded my expectations! As a Mythology lover, this has been a very fulfilling experience as seeing it tangibly adds a level of appreciation I cannot expain. This part of the world has been around with civilization for over thousands of years whereas we in the United States only have been around a couple of hundred (even though Indians have also been traced before those European establishments. It truly provides perspective on where we have been, where we are at, and we can potentially go!

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