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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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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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Vassia

tour leader

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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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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Penny

travel designer

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

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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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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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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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Ariadni

tour leader

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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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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Angelos

Head of Reservations & Operations

Camus once mentioned that a single truth, if it is obvious, is enough to guide an existence. Although it may sound unreasonable or perhaps simplistic at first glance, for me it proved to be right.

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Testimonials

"We had an amazing tour through the sites with stories about the gods and goddesses with our kiddos, ages 5 and 9. I highly recommend Alternative Athens! Not only did we have a great guide, but we were also greeted and treated to excellent customer service. This tour was a highlight of our trip!"

Rosanna

"A great introduction to the myriad of Athenian fare. Our small group was treated to a special experience walking the backstreets into bakeries, markets olive oil, souvlaki outlets and hidden cafes. Great way to start your Athens experience."

RMM07

"WOW-So much art to see! Our guide was super knowledgeable and made a point to explain about specific artists, and also to ask us our interpretations. Her love for the art was apparent and her style was calm and warm. I highly recommend the tour. Bring a camera - you will not be walking through the touristy areas for this one."

Janee G