As a hardcore history nerd and amateur cultural anthropologist (yes, I’m only two classes away from having a bachelors in Anthropology), Athens was the perfect opportunity to finally live out my fantasy of exploring and studying ancient cultures and their ruins.
It was an honor to have a personal experience with one of the most prolific civilizations that has ever graced this planet. Think about it! Without Athens modern democracy wouldn’t exist! The idea of forums and a government by the people for the people was a concept that arose from the Athenians who, like the goddess Athena for whom the city is named, placed conceptualization, conversation, and compromise above war and brute force. Certainly, a more positive way to deal with disputes which led to the growth to one of the strongest and most powerful city-states in all of Greece, and arguably, in all of the Mediterranean.
My first full day in Athens, I was greeted with warm and sunny weather, a relief from the chilly rain of Manchester, England, where I was working a few days prior. One of the first things I like to do when arriving in a new city is to go for a walk. It was a great way to get familiar with the city and its infamous archeological sites. Here are some of the sites I saw during my first day.