The first stop of the trip, Athens greets Joel with authentic gyros and historical ruins such as the Acropolis. Along with taking in the local sights, smells and tastes, Joel meets Stoufis Ioannis, president of the Greece deaf sports association, with Ted Staroyannis as interpreter. Athens is the location of the 2013 Deaflympics. Joel goes to an espresso bar owned by a deaf person, Christos Dagres, who aims to prove that deaf people can own a successful business. After visiting deaf individuals, Joel visits the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the former location of the deaf school, and shares a brief history of the area. In Central Market, a great dinner is had with intestines, bread, Greek zucchini, and wine.
ABOUT THE SHOW
An around-the-world trip took Joel to seven countries and many different successful Deaf individuals! In just two weeks, No Barriers with Joel Barish traveled via air to spend about two days in each city and truly showcases how empowered deaf people are all around the world. The trip was a positive outlook on the potential of deaf people to succeed in any aspect. No Barriers with Joel Barish would not have been able to complete the trip if it were not for tourism offices in each country. The offices provided Joel with local Deaf tour guides and accommodations to promote their countries, and No Barriers with Joel Barish is always open to new ideas and locations and partnerships with local tourism offices.