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There is a theory that claims that your name determines who you are. Antigone was the heroine of a Greek tragedy written by Sophocles in 441 BC.  She was a very bold and righteous woman who defied the ruler's decree and buried the body of her deceased brother in order to honor him. For that she faced death. 

In this play, there is a quote that speaks to my heart: “I was born to love, not hate, that is my nature”. I owe a lot to love. If it wasn't for love my grandmother, a young girl from Liverpool, wouldn't have said yes when my grandfather, a Greek navy officer, proposed to her when his ship docked at Liverpool during WW2. If it wasn't for love, my mother, born and raised in Athens, wouldn't have fallen for a charming Cypriot who came to Athens to study dentistry, my Dad.

My family is a blend of cultures. I don't have one home. I have many. Or maybe I define home differently. 

I guess that's why I am addicted to travelling, why I feel there are no real boundaries between countries and why I have a genuine respect for diversity. I find the fact that people are so alike and different at the same time, so challenging that I decided to to get to know them better and train to be a psychologist, at a late age. It wasn't easy because life gets in the way sometimes, but, as the other Antigone said, “there is no failure without trial”.

Psychology for me is the art of connection and one thing you learn when becoming a psychologist is the importance of sharing. Sharing thoughts, fears, hopes, ideas, perspectives, content. I like connecting and I like sharing what I know about this country. So, pull up a chair, take a sip and join me!  After all, Antigone said «a city that belongs to just one man, is no true city».

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Awards & Accolades

Testimonials

"Lena and Kristos were fantastic. They fed us lots of food and drinks. The best part, however, was the discussions we had with them. Whenever I travel, I always try to schedule a meal with a local family, or a cooking lesson, and I've never been disappointed. You'll learn so much about the culture! We spent almost four hours in their home and left with a new understanding of the Greek psyche."

jennykvb, Brooklyn, New York

"We had a great time on this tour. We loved learning about the history of the Olympic Games, learning different techniques for sporting disciplines, and visiting the Panathenaic Stadium. We also loved getting some gentle exercise, and the kids loved running a relay race! Our guide was excellent, fun, professional and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this tour for families with children. Something unique!"

JNicole78

"The whole family agreed- it was the best day we spent in Athens! We loved taking this family day trip to Delphi with our knowledgeable guide and kind driver. Not only were we able to learn about the history of the Delphi site, but also about the smaller towns in the area. Meeting craftspeople in the village really made this tour special. This tour is very well organized to avoid the crowds at the archaeological site, and includes a yummy lunch. If your travel plans include the time to spend a day outside of Athens, I highly recommend taking this tour with Alternative Athens."

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