Athens, the Greek capital, is situated 8 km from its famous port, Piraeus, between the rivers Cephisus and Ilisus. Including the Port of Piraeus and the surrounding areas the total population of Athens amounts to 4,800, 000 inhabitants. Since the classical period Athens has constituted the cultural and intellectual center of Greece. The Greek metropolis is enormously popular with innumerable tourists from all over the world because of its historical aspect, archaeological spots and museums. Already from a very far distance, the visitor to Athens is enchanted, by its landmark, the famed Acropolis.
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Situated on a small hill it rises. 50 meters above the plain of Athens.
He preferred to play to an audience of ABs, who equally enjoyed the sport of baiting the first-tripper. Rolo also liked to boast of all the women he had been with and would grill me in a loud voice about my sexual experience, which was none. He said he was going to take me ashore with him, get me drunk and then get me an ugly whore and I would wake up with a dose of VD and a tattoo. And then I would be a man. I vowed never, ever, ever to go ashore with Rolo. The saloon had a long table at one end, where I sat with the other juniors, and two other smaller tables. There were 11 of us altogether on the juniors’ table; four deck cadets, four engineer cadets and three fifth engineers – known as ‘fivers’, although we were rarely all together because some were always on duty. Paul was the oldest cadet and the most senior, with only three months left before he finished his training and went back to college in preparation for his final examinations. His position was de facto fourth officer and he would share the four-to-eight watch with the mate, doing most things for him. The rest of us cadets were in various stages from 16-year-old first-trippers like me and Starling to second-and-third-trippers like Rolo and the engineer cadets.