I’m back from Athens, and will go back to making quasi-successful attempts at programming soon. Meanwhile, some insights:
1. Very fun city, very nice people. The Plaka is one of the best neighbourhoods I’ve seen.
2. They have police *everywhere*. I don’t exactly live in the most relaxed region in the world, but even I’m a bit surprised to walk along a street and see five uniformed people with riot shields and body armor, just standing around. On the other hand, the streets felt quite safe.
3. Like Hebrew, Greek has that weird thing where the same word is used for “please” and “you’re welcome”. I never understood how that started.
4. Conspicuously absent from all the tourist / historical areas: Aristotle, Zeno, Diogenes, Xenophon, and almost every other famous ancient Athenian, even Socrates is barely present. On the other hand, there are around 10,000 things names after Eleftherios Venizelos who, if I understand correctly, single-handedly won the first world war, expanded Greek territory to several planets and trained an army of tigers as personal servants.
5. They have a dude’s heart kept in a box in their national history museum. I don’t really know what to say about that.
I’d end this post with Γεια σου, but it turns out that unlike the popular image I grew up on, they don’t really say that much. So… Καλημέρα?