Europe Day 13 – Athens, Omonoia Square

by Troy Grosfield
June 7th, 2010
Greece from the Plane

Greece from the Plane

Upon first arrival, I was excited to see there were drinking water fountains which don’t really exist in Rome or Amsterdam.  I was also excited to see the bathrooms had toilet seats which Rome and Amsterdam didn’t have in many public places.  These are a few things you take for granted in the states.

This is my first trip to a country that doesn’t use Latin characters.  Reading signs is really a trip and they don’t make any sense to me at all.  The majority of street signs have both Greek and Latin characters which is convenient for reading purposes and navigating around the city.

Omonoia Square

We headed off to Omonoia Square which was a shopping area.  You see many side street vendors with black market items such as belts, handbags, and sunglasses.

Omonoia Square

Omonoia Square

Many of the town squares have mass amounts of birds.  These birds are quite annoying and they will pester you when you eat until food falls off the table.  My dad would just throw food away from our table so they would go away not realizing it wouldn’t work.  They they would come back in packs for more.

Driving into Athens was nothing what I expected it to be. The buildings are really rundown and there is trash everywhere. I don’t feel like it’s super safe here. Later I realized that it wasn’t just a feeling. I walked down to the lobby and there was an older couple who were talking with the hotel manager about how they just had just been robbed in front of our hotel. Apparently some younger kid held something to the older gentleman’s wife’s throat and told them to give them their money.

Rough start to the trip, but looking forward to visiting the rest of the country.

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