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Hara

Marketing Manager Photo of Marketing Manager Hara

I took this selfie in the secondary school of a remote village in northeastern Ghana, 2 months before I joined Alternative Athens. It was my 10th year of work in the charity sector and my 15th trip to Africa. One thing was obvious in every single trip. Africa reveals the best version of each one of us. No matter who I was traveling with (volunteers, donors, media or VIPs), it was very touching to see kindness, fragility, generosity being revealed in maximum volumes again and again. And I was no exception, I was a far better person when traveling than what I was at my everyday life. I remember in Ethiopia, in an area living below the poverty line, a local woman with no shoes and a glowing face inviting us for coffee in her hut. I remember that when we entered her humble but shiny hut we discovered she had also cooked and was ready to share with us, her children and parents the food she had clearly struggled to find. I remember her face showing the agony of a host on whether we would like the food. I remember eating injera and feeling happy. I remember her singing and asking us to sing as well. I remember everybody remained silent with sparkling eyes as we sang. I remember her hug when we said goodbye and the tears we both shed. I remember the unprecedented feeling of loving a stranger. I remember I promised myself to cherish that memory. I remember promising myself to be kind.

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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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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 have 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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Zoé

Guide

For the most part, my adult life was spent drawing lines.  Working in architecture and urban planning meant that I spent most of time observing cities from above, ground plans and master plans, orthographic projections, bird’s eye views.

 

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Laura

Guide

I started performing on the streets in Rome and realized very early what the audience wants to see on the streets of a city. It is not the best juggling trick or acrobatic skill. What they really wanted to see was me smiling and looking  them into their eyes - sharing playfulness.

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Elizabeth

Guide

The French poet Arthur Rimbaud once wrote that "Eternity is the sea mingled with the sun " and I guess there' s a little bit of truth of that in me.

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Penny

travel designer

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.

It all started during the period when the Greek crisis reached its zenith. A combination of many fruitless attempts in the Athenian job market as well as a huge loss in my family pushed me to search for a new start point; I was dreaming of my future in an island, so I took a job in one.

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Awards & Accolades

Testimonials

"The walking food tour was definitely my highlight while in Athens for a food lover like me. Andreas was very cultivated and eager to guide us on not only about the food but about the rich culture of Athens. He guided us to all the foods I desired to try in Athens! My stomach was truly overwhelmed and pleasantly satisfied after this tour and I’d recommend anyone travelling to Athens to give this tour a go because food and culture is such an important aspect of learning about Greece."

hashikadharm - Australia, TripAdvisor

"It was as if we were shown around by a resident who knew everything about the city, its architecture, people and history rather than a tour guide."

Jim H

"Can honestly say this tour made our Athens visit. A great mix of history and fantastic bars with our guide Andreas. Follow up tips were also really good, we then had a great plan for the next two days for sights, food and revisiting the cool bars from the tour. Highly recommended!"

Deirdre J