“I’m not leaving the Acropolis until we get a photo with those Blues Brothers!” I declared to my companions from our Greece Teacher Tour.
We were standing next to the 2,500-year-old Parthenon (the “Most Perfect Building Ever Created”) under the radiant sun in Athens… but I couldn’t take my eyes off of the five men dressed in spiffy black suits who were milling around like typical tourists.
“Why do you think they’re wearing those costumes?” I asked, aching to know. “Is it something religious? Are they secret service? Are they a Men in Black anti-alien brigade? What are they DOING here?”
“Quit wondering and let’s find out!” my fellow Boston teacher, Jen exclaimed. With that, she strode towards the men.
“Wait!” I called out. “What if they’re dangerous???”
Jen returned thirty seconds later with the five men trailing obediently behind her.
“They’ve agreed to pose for photographs with us!” she proclaimed.
“Indeed,” said one of the chaps in a refined British accent.
“Who ARE you?” I breathed in awe.
“Oh,” said another gent with a voice like a famous London actor, “we always do this costume thing when we travel. We just fancy touring the world in Blues Brothers costumes. That’s all.”
“That is AWESOME,” I sighed.
“Do you perform at weddings?” my coworker, Cathy, asked jokingly.
“Yes, sometimes,” the men replied quite seriously.
At that point, I was so overwhelmed with the joy of randomness that I yanked everyone out in front of the Parthenon to start snapping photos. The results adorn this article.
I doubt even the Oracle of Delphi could have predicted that a highlight of our entire Greece tour would be frolicking with five men dressed as the Blues Brothers at the Parthenon.
But here is the heartbreak: In the haze of our exultation, I neglected to give my business card to these men before we descended the Acropolis. This means that I now have no way of contacting them to say THANK YOU for making us smile.
So, dear readers, here is your challenge: Help me track down and contact this gaggle of gentlemen who travel the world wearing Blues Brothers costumes. They can’t be that hard to find if they really always tour in those outfits, right? Put out the inquiry through your social networks, and let’s what we find! And to sweeten the deal: a mystery reward shall go to the person who succeeds in finding these fellows! Let the games begin.
The author, Lillie Marshall, is 6-foot-tall National Board Certified Teacher of English, fitness fan, and mother of two who has been a public school educator since 2003. She launched Around the World “L” Travel and Life Blog in 2009, and over 3.7 million readers have now visited this site. Lillie also runs TeachingTraveling.com and DrawingsOf.com. Subscribe to her monthly newsletter, and follow @WorldLillie on social media!