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Pavlina

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It was while I was in Vietnam that I came across Vivien Greene's famous quote, "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain,” and I thought, yes, that's what I'm learning here.

I'd gone there right after I finished my studies, to do something completely different with my life for a while. I was offered a position teaching English for three months at a kindergarten in a small town where no one else at all spoke the language. This meant that even a simple thing like shopping for groceries was a challenge in communication!

The difficulties I faced, however, were small in comparison to what everyday life demanded from the people there. They got up early every day, worked seven days a week, earned very little money, and yet they were happy. They shared everything they had with one another and with me, inviting me to simple meals in their homes. Seeing how they coped made me realize that it's not about the problems you face, it's about how you face them. My time in Vietnam taught me a lot. I found friendship and adventure, and I learned to dance in the rain. How much more can you want out of a journey?

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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

Head of Travel Design

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. 

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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.

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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”. 

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Niko a.k.a. Rude

Guide

It must have been at the end of middle school when I discovered graffiti. 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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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.

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maria

guide

Growing up, I had always thought that life always puts us on the right path. As I got older, however, I discovered that...

 

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katerina

Guide

I am a fan of poetry. Poems have the ability to paint a picture in just a few words… especially while traveling.

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antigoni

guide

There is a theory that claims that your name determines who you are. Antigone, the famous heroine of a Greek tragedy, defied the rules and for that she faced death.

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Tania

Guide

I was about five, and I was taking part in a school celebration. When I stood behind the microphone, my mind went blank and my mouth went dry. Tears welled up in my eyes.

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Ariadni

Guide

What is the difference between looking into a microscope and looking into a telescope?

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Aya

Travel Designer

If I could possibly describe my life as the title of a book, it would definitely be “A Tale of two cities”.

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Sofia

Travel Designer

Stories do not change us, they bring us one step closer to our inner self.

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Phaedra

Marketing & PR Specialist

As any child, I was full of curiosity about life.

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Elli

Finance Fairy

Elli doesn’t really like to talk about herself, so we’ll do it for her!

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George

Accounting Associate

As Euclid said, the laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God. So, maybe the reason I developed an inclination to mathematics is because I was so connected to the earth since my childhood.

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Nassia

Travel Designer

Some people have trouble finishing what they start; when I was younger, I was like that.

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George

Travel Designer

Life should be like bungee jumping: we're meant to take leaps in our lives, moments when we choose to be daring and forget to be afraid.

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Awards & Accolades

Testimonials

"My family and I joined our guide on an unforgettable night in Athens exploring the LGBT nightlife and getting to know the local community, listening to great music music, dancing, laughing and becoming friends."

NNeumann923

"We had a blast with Andreas! He was incredibly friendly, insightful, outgoing, and answered our tons of questions that came up about what life is like in Athens today. He truly made you feel like a friend."

AliasMil

"Our guide was excellent, very kind, informative and tailored our tour to the ages and experience of our group. It was a long tour, with a break for lunch, which was at the right time in the tour. He also made the museum tour interactive with truth and dare, which was fun for the teens. I highly recommend Alternative Athens. If we had more time, we would have booked additional tours with this company."

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