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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. From there begun a great and long adventure...

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Andreas

tour Leader

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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Katia

travel designer

As I was growing up, I jumped on every opportunity to create friendships without linguistic or other kinds of borders. It was never enough. 

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Vassia

certified 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

tour leader

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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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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antigoni

tour leader

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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Josephine

tour leader

‘We must be willing to get rid of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us’. And so I did!

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maria

tour leader

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

tour leader

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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Elizabeth

tour leader

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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Tania

tour leader

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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Awards & Accolades

Testimonials

"Amazing tour! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and engaging and she made sure we had adequate water, restroom stops, time for pictures, and shade. Highly recommend Alternative Athens!"

LoveTravel732853

"A very rewarding evening. Our very friendly and informative guide took us to a modern wine bar, where the staff were efficient and the owner extremely knowledgeable about Greek wine. The evening was thoroughly enjoyable as well as being instructive (and most welcome to be outside the normal tourist destinations)."

Andrew W

"This was the perfect way to see Athens main attractions, the tour guide was very passionate about the information she was sharing with us. Great experience overall."

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