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Laura

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Everything is in movement.

Everything moves: the roots of the trees, the birds, the wind, the sea , humans, cars, cities, mountains, clouds,                                     architecture, animals, our planet, our galaxy - the whole universe.Everything moves, so do I  and I made it my profession being a Physical Theatre performer. Movement is traveling and traveling is telling stories. I can sit in the metro and observe people for hours, trying to make up their story, interpreting their posture, their way of walking and talking, or the way they stare at one point letting their thoughts flow through their mind. Life is a stage, we just need to look around and observe. I do have to remind myself of that plenty of times, too:  how to stay playful and not get swallowed by the fatigue of a rushing city. I am trying to see the cities I lived in through the eyes of a traveler. 

My eyes are open and  I am playful as I want to see and live everything in that moment. So why do I lose this ability in my daily routine?  I notice that big cities make us invisible; everyone is in its bubble fighting one’s way through the jungle of the noisy and crowded streets. I think even the little things can make a difference. Looking into the eyes of the person I talk to, or actually asking a person instead my smartphone for the right address. It is easier in some cities than in others, but even in the difficult ones it is a challenge and I am sure the playfulness of the people around us will wake up slowly.  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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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. 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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Pavlina

guide

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

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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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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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maria

guide

Growing up, I had always thought that life, as if by magic, always puts us on the right path. As I got older, however, I discovered that sometimes you have to grab the steering wheel yourself, and turn your life in the right direction.

 

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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. But what I find remarkable is that I often find my life painted in poems…especially while traveling.

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antigoni

guide

There is a theory that claims that your name determines who you are. Antigone was the heroine of a Greek tragedy written by Sofocles in 441 BC. She 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. But when I sears 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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Awards & Accolades

Testimonials

"I had done the ruins, statues and historical sights. I wanted something modern and eclectic and I found it on a Street Art Tour offered by Alternative Athens. Our guide Nikos is an artist and offered so much insight into the artists and street art!"

Adventureglo61, Vancouver, Canada - TripAdvisor

"Our guide made the night a special one. He took us to places that would be impossible to find yourself and covered everything from a trendy rooftop bar with views of the Acropolis to an out of the way non touristy Greek taverna with dancing and excellent food. If you want to check out authentic Athenian nightlife, do this trip!’’"

Amanda C

"Our guide was superb and not only set the tone for our stay in Athens, but our approach to our whole holiday. The idea behind this 4 hour walking tour is to show the different areas of Athens but it's so much more than that. As newbies to the city, with very little to use as a reference point, this tour was brilliant.’’"

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