Athens: The Two-Sided City [Tourist Perceptions VS. Local Reality]

Athens, Greece is known far and wide for its tourist attractions, these attractions ranging from its entrancing sights from atop the Acropolis to the ancient Grecian  architecture preserved in the city today.  This is the part of the city that people from around the world come to witness for themselves. What many tourists don’t expect to see is the graffiti. At my arrival, I witnessed … Continue reading Athens: The Two-Sided City [Tourist Perceptions VS. Local Reality]

Greece’s Money Pit

Since 2010, Greece has been suffering from an ongoing economic crisis consisting of crippling debt. However, this has not stopped the extensive restoration efforts at the Acropolis. How did this continuous “money pit” come to be and how exactly is it impacting the Greek State? Sources for further reading: 1.) “Healing the Parthenon: Inside the Mammoth Restoration Project.” Greece Is, 26 Sept. 2017, http://www.greece-is.com/healing-parthenon-inside-mammoth-restoration-project/. 2.)  … Continue reading Greece’s Money Pit

The Peculiar Placement of Athens Acropolis

The Acropolis in Athens sits high above the city on a peculiar limestone mound. The Acropolis has had many uses since its installment: it provided a vantage point for defending the city, and fresh water springs around the base of the mound provided a place to wash and bathe. But most importantly, because of the immense size of the towering limestone outcrop, the Acropolis sat … Continue reading The Peculiar Placement of Athens Acropolis

Rocky Heights: Sacred Land and Geology meet in Athens

I step off the marble curb of my hostel into the quiet streets of Plaka in Athens, Greece, and I am alone for a just a moment. The same grey and black cobblestone streets that were alive with the energy of tourists and vendors only hours before are now quiet. Once bright pastel buildings have been dulled by the sun’s rays. Their shutters hang askew, and clothes lines overhang the narrow streets like banners stretched between buildings. Next door, an old man sweeps the streets outside the Taverna with its red and white checkered table cloths. Continue reading “Rocky Heights: Sacred Land and Geology meet in Athens”

Imagining the past while walking through the present 

Imagining the past when walking through the present can be a challenging but inspiring learning experience. Being in a city that has a history that goes back thousands of years will have a lot to tell. Learning from the past is the best way to have a better present and future. You don’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been. Three main … Continue reading Imagining the past while walking through the present 

Turmoil in the Streets- The Greek Government Debt Crisis Plagues the Country for more than a Decade

 

 

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Built From Rock and Left in Marble

Out of all things to notice when first arriving in Greece, it was the marble curbs that initially caught my eye. In the United States, people pay large amounts of money to have marble countertops or marble floors. There, it is a luxury to be able to afford marble products. Yet, in Greece, the streets in downtown Plaka are made out of slabs of marble. … Continue reading Built From Rock and Left in Marble