We are officially back in Athens, back in action, without any clue how the day would go. Some interesting Athenians agreed to meet up: a pianist who was introduced to us through Vasilios of Peristera, a political analyst that Fra was really excited to meet, and a journalist from Cafe Babel Greece who was just as eager to share her perspective and to help walk us through the Athens experience.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Driving to Agios Ioannis felt like a roller-coaster ride in slow motion. It all started after Volos, around sunset, when 25kms worth of curves HAD to be traversed. Steep and twisty, many roads didn't register on the GPS, but that was the least interesting part. Tiny villages with only men (visible), young and old, at the bar, looking at you like some intruder and then, masses and masses of lush green pine and bush straight out of a fairytale.
Monday, September 27, 2010
The lack of suitable titles has led me to label this post 'Art and Travel'. This led me to think about traveling as an art and art as a means of travel. I'd say that both suit each other well and work together in the best possible way - considering also how in the worst possible circumstances while traveling, creativity always saved us. Danae and Vasilios seem to be the human representation of these two separate subjects yet upon close inspection one can conclude that they do, in fact, resemble each other. The warm sunny morning allowed us to interview them while sitting on the grass beside olive trees.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Today was chuck-full of experiences. I'd say new peaks were reached both literally - hiking up a mountain peak, eating some delicious local food, and also emotionally, broke down.
It was good to be in the company of both Vasilios and his girlfriend Danae, who both also experienced some intense non-stop traveling together. In fact, they both made the record of biking from Olympia, origin of the olympic games, all the way to Beijing, China during the 2008 olympic games. More on their journey HERE.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Vasilios Mesitides, our host, turned out to be the first Greek to travel around the world by bike.Literally by bike, which meant 14 months 54000 km through 40 countries on 4 continents. Its the stuff of movies what he did yet he went on about it so casually while cooking us a delicious asian stir-fry (we try to limit our amazement at this point).