Can't believe I'm on my way back to the States. Three months in Armenia with Kiva went by oh so fast...
Well, I'll be back in September for TEDxYerevan -- just a bit on the late side for apricot season, I'm afraid.
The city has changed a lot since my last trip. For all the modernization, though, the proud Greeks have made sure to preserve their storied historical artifacts.
It's almost 16:00 now and things have quieted down. The streets around Parliament are a mess. Got my first taste of teargas today (admittedly, the last time I was involved in a protest was way back in 2003 in London against the Iraq War). Needless to say, folks here aren't all taking these austerity measures very well. Thousands came out for the protest today and there was even an attempt to storm Parliament earlier, which was repelled. The BBC reports that at least three people were killed when a bank was set on fire. I definitely saw more than a few petrol bombs go off.
Small protest on Monday in front of the Greek Parliament here in Athens. Loud but peaceful. What's most impressive is the gaggle of tourists in front, dedicated to photographing the changing of the guard ceremony. There's a big protest & strike planned for Wednesday. Should be interesting.
It's been almost a decade since I was backpacking through here. Admittedly, I've soldout and traded the youth hostel for a hotel room. The view from my room can't be beat, though. Hurray for Starwood Points (thanks, Scott Kidder!).