|Dark chocolate Aztec creations, a warm delight for a chilly evening|
|Street performers, Athens-style|
|Looking directly at them made it harder not to recoil in fear|
|"Europe against Neo-Nazism"|
There has been growing negative illusions about the (permanently) growing non-Greek community, most of them falsely grounded in incomplete knowledge and unfamiliarity. These ‘others’ are perceived as a threat and a risk to a fully functional society. However, we thought it was remarkable that the first and only demonstration that we had encountered that was non-violent, peaceful, practical and ended successfully was this one. It had nothing to do - directly - with the fiscal situation and was largely comprised on non-Greeks. It was promising to meet and observe the few Greeks that were present however. They were all mostly emigrants from Greece themselves and were adamant that things change here – "people cannot expect changes in so many other areas without fundamentally altering their attitudes on this immediate topic".
|All of the European organizers - inclusive diversity at its finest|
On a different note and at the other end of the spectrum, a couple monasteries within the city were also on the agenda. Just to provide closure to the fact that, for the most part, to be Greek is equivalent to be Greek Orthodox. Beautiful as always, we were blessed and sent on our way with local treats and trinkets from the nuns and priests. Generous as ever, they never fail to add a positive spin to any situation – even if that includes encouraging us to trudge through the mountain of work that never seemed to come to an end.
|Casual view from the Acropolis: Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Panathenaic Stadium, and our humble abode|
|The guards outside the Parliament. Supposedly the most highly trained personnel in the nation|