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Tina

Founder Photo of Founder Tina

In 2005 I was at the highest point of my career: I was one of the youngest marketing directors in the country, had a great salary, a hefty bonus, a corporate car and a very safe and steady life. 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.

Well, what’s new there? It’s the story of thousands of people around the world. What was new to me was the fear. No one had ever prepared me for that. I had done everything my parents and teachers had told me to do. I had been first in my class, studied at a good University, got a Master’s degree, learnt four foreign languages (and let’s not forget piano and ballet).

Two years later, still without a job, I was running out of money and hope, and the fear was still there. And then one day I became very tired of being afraid. So I decided to create a job for myself that I would like. I didn’t analyze what the market wanted, or business strengths and weaknesses, like I had always done before. Instead, I thought – what do you love doing?

I love travelling and exploring and understanding how people live in other places. I love peeking into their windows, no matter how improper that may be. And this is what I decided to do in my own city. I created my first Food Tour and went out there and did it, and people loved it. And this is how Alternative Athens was born. Out of fear and love.

I am now back to a comfortable life. Not secure, but a life less ordinary for me and, hopefully, for those co-travelers around me.  Of course the journey doesn’t end here. I always remind myself that what goes up must come down -at any time – and this makes me think about all the simple things that really matter in life.

The fear may still be there. But now I know that whatever it takes and wherever life takes me, I can make it. And this is a comforting thought to go to bed with in a country like Greece today ☺.

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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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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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Pavlina

tour leader

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain

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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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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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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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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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Awards & Accolades

Testimonials

"A great way to get under the skin of the city! Loved our street tour with Nikos -he's passionate and knowledgeable about the art but is also full of insight into Athens and her culture. Can't think of many tours that would engage our teenagers for three hours. Would definitely do another Alternative Athens tour with or without the family."

johnnybrighton2015

"We took a cooking class with Korina and had a great time. She did a wonderful job working with all of us, including my kids (ages 3, 5, and 8). She was great at involving them in the cooking. After spending a lot of time in the city of Athens it was nice to get out into the suburbs and get a glimpse into what life is like there."

RatherBeInAlaska

"We learned about the area, history of LGBTin Athens, local hot spots, and much more. At the end of the night it was like we were locals and apart of her circle of friends. A MUST in Athens if you are LGBTQI."

Ady S