Prostitutes, Corrupt Politicians and Graffiti!

Trip Start Jun 25, 2012
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Trip End Sep 12, 2012


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Athens House Hostel
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Greece  , Attica,
Friday, August 3, 2012

Taking the 'fast train' (as it is known locally) to Athens was a real treat for our family as we have been on many long and uncomfortable bus rides. Although comfortable in our train berths we were anxious about coming to Athens.  So much is on the news about the problems in Greece and Athens is the ‘melting pot’ of all the unrest. 

Planning a trip to Athens seemed like a great idea back in the cold month of February……what I didn’t consider was the intense heat and this fact makes everyone who is anyone to get the heck out of the city!  On the plus side, the 40 degree days squelched any protests or other social unrest of any kind – we were hot, but safe!

While still in Thessaloniki we thought we would search the internet for reviews and photos of the place we had already booked and paid for online in Athens (remember our last place?)  We found this hotel that fit our budget but after booking were scared after reading many reviews that made it out to be the worst place in the world.  After contacting the hotel owner (Mike) I was reassured that my family would be safe, clean and cool (our criteria).

I told my family we should try it one night and then if necessary we will move for the other 4 nights.  To our surprise the rooms, bathrooms and kitchen were spotless.  The rooms were safe and the building is controlled by CCTV.  We were not the only ones that found Athens House Hostel acceptable – 3 nights in a row I found 4-6 people sleeping in the lobby when I got up at 5am to write.  Rooms were full, people friendly and helpful.  We also liked the fact that we could walk to all the sites, stores and restaurants.  This is the best priced, safest, cleanest centrally located hotel/hostel you can find in Athens.

Having said that, all day and all night we had prostitutes standing outside our building which was more of a source of interest by people staying in the hotel rooms above as you could see them looking down ( we were on the 5th floor).  We never felt threatened or unsafe – but a great ‘opening’ to a lesson on the oldest profession. 

Athens is the birthplace of so much of what we have today……democracy likely the most important contribution to western civilization but at what cost?  I have never been to a country that has such a deep and angry hate for ALL their politicians.  Greece has problems (lots of them) and EVERYONE we have spoken to blames the politicians.  From experience, it is usually what you don’t like or hate in someone else that is in fact what you don’t like in yourself.  My two cents of advice would be find out what you don’t like about the politicians and change that about yourself then life will come back to a morally centered standard.

If democracy is where everyone ‘has a say’ then it is blatantly evident by the copious amounts of graffiti EVERYWHERE that EVERYONE in Greece has something to say.  I came half way around the world to see the Acropolis and the Parthenon and thought that would be forever etched into ‘my memory bank’ but what I will remember is the Graffiti everywhere.  Perhaps in another 3,400 years Graffiti is what everyone will travel to Greece to see!  In any case, we will not wait around to find out – we are off to China via Russia later today!!

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