On Monday, I took the bus downtown to Thessaloniki to meet my friend, Philip Navarro. This was the first time I met him in person -- he was SOOOO helpful in getting us through the mountains of Greek bureacracy to get over here. I met him here, at the Starbucks next to the Arch of Galerius. The Emperor Galerius built this triumphal arch in 297 after a victory over the Persians. He and his father-in-law, Diocletian, inflicted some of the cruelest persecutions of Christians (I am now reading all about it in Eusebius' Church History). Can you believe there is now a Starbucks next to an arch that was built in 297? Wild.