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Lena

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"It rains so heavily, that I feel the water running down my body. I look around me and I see nothing but green fields. I want to find shelter from the rain, but...

This could be the beginning of a novel, but it's not. It's my experience of the induction program during my master's degree in the UK. We had to work as a team and successfully accomplish several outdoor tasks. As a person, I have always been a control freak leaving nothing to chance. So, trusting people I had just met was a huge challenge for me.

One of the tasks was to abseil down a steep cliff. Naturally, when it came out that I had acrophobia, I was the one assigned to that task. Oh my God!!! I was fasten securely by the instructor and I was given detailed information on how to proceed. In the beginning it was easy, even fun. Up to the point that I reached the edge of the cliff and had to jump over. No way!!! My breathing stopped. My hands were shaking so bad I couldn't hold the rope. I started climbing back up, when the instructor got in my way, grabbed my hands and said "I know you can do this".

All my colleagues were looking at me, shouting words of encouragement. It was the most embarrassing moment of my life. Even today I don't know what happened, but the next moment I remember I was abseiling down that cliff. When I reached the ground, I felt nothing. My mind was empty. My body couldn't stop shaking. In my colleagues' eyes I was very brave, in mine I was just too embarrassed to give up.

And this is the moment I realized the importance of being part of a team. No matter how good you are, the truth is there's a limit to what you can achieve on your own. To overcome yourself, you don't only need to have other people's trust and support, you mainly need to trust the others."

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Tina

Founder

"In 2010, the Greek crisis hit and the country went into freefall. I was left without a job, a car or even medical insurance, and there was little perspective of finding a new job any time soon."

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Elissavet

Travel Designer

"I remember when I was about 17, my friend asked me what my plans for life were. Sincerely, I had no clue. I had some scattered images in my head of how I imagine myself. Like photographs. The only thing in common, I remember, was that all these images were in some far lands, with unusual landscapes and distant cultures. Living abroad was something I use to fantasize a lot as a kid. It was a constant change and an excitement over new things that attracted me."

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Andreas

Guide

 “I grew up in a neighbourhood called Nea Smyrni. The first settlers here were refugees from Asia Minor. People in our neighbourhood are proud of where they come from; they respect history because many of their grandparents or great-grandparents were lost or had to emigrate following the end of the conflict between Greece and Turkey.”

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Diana

Guide

I am a person who loves colors. Whenever I have to choose between a pair of glasses, new clothes, or a new purse, my choice is always the most brightly-colored. This has become instinctive throughout the years, and it is only recently that I realized it is directly related to my native country.

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Tania

Guide

“I was about five, and I was taking part in a school celebration. Dressed in a traditional costume like all the other members of my “troupe”, I was waiting to recite the lines of the poem I had painstakingly learnt by heart. At last, my turn came. But when I stood behind the microphone, my mind went blank and my mouth went dry. Tears welled up in my eyes. Terrified, I glanced over at my classmates who, grouped behind the wings and dressed in their own slightly silly costumes, were waiting to act their part."

 

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Vassia

Guide

There is a book I like a lot. Its final sentence reads: “It is never too late to have a happy childhood”. I was in my early twenties when I read it and my childhood had been relatively happy. But I tend to take stuff written in books very seriously. Why had the author chosen to end a book about an improbable love story with this sentence?

It was around that time that I started to travel.

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Niko a.k.a. Rude

Guide

It must of been at the end of middle school when I discovered graffiti, although my fascination with drawing and the arts had been with me a lot longer. My new hobby began stealing ‘precious’ time I could have used for studying for school. I realised that action had to be taken...

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Christina

Guide

Although I loved Greece, when I moved back here after spending so much time away, I didn’t feel that I belonged in the country that I loved. The people confused me – I really didn’t understand them – and I thought about getting out again. I changed jobs over and over before I realized that it wasn’t the right job I was looking for, it was the change itself, the feeling of travelling within my own life.

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"My children are avid Percy Jackson fans, obsessed with Greek gods and myths, so seeing where the stories had come from was a real highlight for them. And then there were the turtles in the cemetery.... seriously!"

Claire C

"Our guide was excellent. He not only took us to try some great food, but showed us parts of Athens that we could not have found ourselves. I would recommend this tour to others."

Paul M

"This tour was excellent! A three hour walk through the most interesting districts of Athens looking at the latest street art. Our guide Nikos was superb - well informed, engaged, and super friendly."

Costi S