It’s been a week since I landed here in Athens, and even though I’ll be here until the end of July, I can already tell it’s going to fly by! I can’t really explain what I expected Athens to be like, but in some way, it’s much nicer than I thought it would be!
Athens is welcoming and oddly calm for being a capital city. The people are friendly, it’s a clean city, and easily accessible with a simple metro pass. Every neighbourhood feels like a different city; no two are the same and they all have their unique vibes.
One thing I’ve noticed here is the amount of street art. It feels very profound to be in such an ancient place, but the street art gives it a contemporary feeling and breathes amazing life into the decaying (in places) city.
The street art is all very different too, from delicate and beautiful pictures, to very political statements. Depending on the neighbourhood, the mood of the art differs. Even some of the art that isn’t picture-worthy is evocative and makes you think.
Even though I haven’t seen the main sights like the Acropolis yet, I feel like I’ve gotten to know this city in a different way, through the artistic expression of its residents. I look forward to discovering more of the street art, and I think this might be my new favourite way to explore cities: in search of street art.