Archive for Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Lawrence welcomes sister city from Greece

October 21, 2009


Welcome to the family, Iniades.

The agrarian community in Greece is now Lawrence’s third sister city, after Lawrence city commissioners formally approved a “friendship agreement” during their meeting Tuesday night.

A 10-member delegation from Iniades — led by Mayor Adonios Aletras, who also signed the agreement — attended the ceremony at City Hall. Delegation members already have been busy getting familiar with other Lawrence sites, including visits to Free State Brewery for lunch, the Lied Center for a tour and the city-county Emergency Dispatch Center to observe high-tech operations.

Today’s scheduled stops include Murphy Hall, the home of Kansas University’s Theater Department. The department has been sending students to the Greek community — a collection of five villages, which together have about 12,000 residents — each summer since 1986.

Also scheduled today is a visit to Allen Fieldhouse.

Lawrence’s other sister cities are Eutin, Germany, and Hiratsuka, Japan. The program receives about $7,500 a year from City Hall, and relies on donations and volunteers to finance and facilitate exchanges and other efforts.


mickeyrat 8 years, 4 months ago

So, LJW, when might we get a special report or full story on Iniades? Maybe talk with the former exchange students still in Lawrence... pics, videos, and resident profiles would be great.

bengland 8 years, 3 months ago

I know this is a bit old by now, but I studied abroad in Katohi, before it joined into Iniades with the other villages way back in 1997. Its a wonderfull little place, slow pace of life but filled with very energetic, inquisitive, and the warmest people you'll ever meet. I some of the most important days of my life there. Map:

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