We’ve arrived in Athens, and have moved into our apartment. However, our hopes for a smooth and easy trip were dashed by some very dissatisfied workers. Strikes are a daily part of life in Greece, and many of these impact the transportation industry.
We were sailing along nicely until we arrived in Athens. The Metro and train strike that was supposed to end the day before we arrived was extended. This took some stumbling around to discover, but we rallied. We caught the bus, which because of some protest or march somewhere, dropped us in a different place than we expected. Now running very late, we caught a taxi, which took us to the wrong place. We flagged down taxi number two, and luckily, the driver knew where he was going.
There is a blog post that will happen later about these miserable transit days, but in the meantime, we are in our apartment and it’s very nice.
Many of you have asked how the problems in Greece have impacted our trip. Today we went on our normal “check out the hood” walk, and this is what we saw.
There were no threats, yelling, or violence, but these people are upset, and they have taken to the streets to let the government know. Athens is the cradle of democracy, and this is democracy out loud.