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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 1 November 2014
12 SATURDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2014 According to the ancient Greek philosophy of pluralism, there are many elements which constitute our existence. These elements are not reducible to one another and are set in motion by the forces of love and strife. This is a philosophy worth noting when observing contemporary Athenian life through a foreign lens. There are indeed many multifaceted elements that constitute contemporary Athenian life and this is extremely ironic, because as outsiders we only observe Athenian life through one narrow perspective; the misconception of Athens so fervently fabricated by the media at recent events surrounding the Greek economy. Our ears are filled with nothing but economical statistics and the dark side of mistreated power in politics. We hear the worst of the worst, and this has the most damning effects on our willingness to travel to Athens. But since when did we, as a generation so intellectually free as ours, allow the misconceptions of the media to dictate to us where we should go and what we should experience? With just one visit to Athens, this misconception is quickly defied, and travellers are ultimately left feeling angered at the thoug anyone ever tried to prevent the making their own decisions to tr Overcoming such a misconcept vital for contemporary Athenian and something that can be done the most humanitarian of motiv and what better way to do this t look through the Athenian eye . through the perspective of those immersed in what the media por a so-called 'havoc ridden' city every day. To take the single most important aspect of the city, the people, and to consider things from their perspective; from a perspective that we can all empathise with from one point or another. Streets of Plaka Athens is an incredible city, home to many who are ecstatic about their culture and Through the ALEXANDRA MANATAKIS With the misconceptions of Athens fervently fabricated by the media, one Australian-born Greek reflects on 'the amazing city' and revolutionising the modern travel experience in the Greek capital e eu ult ltim mat tel ey gh gh htt that e em m m mfr from om r rav av ael e. ttio in nis i n life e e ew w wit itthhh at at attio io io ions ns ns ns,,, ha han nto to .. to to lookk e ew w who hoa a a are e re r r r rtr tr tr tray ay ay ays sss as as as as who o oar aeec ec cst stat at atic ica a abo bout u ut utt t t the he he heir ir i ic c c cu ul ul ultu tu ture re r ra a a and nd d pa pa ass ssio iona nate te te ea a abo bo bo but ut ut llif if iff ie. e. e TThe he ese se e ea a a are re e re ppp peo eo eo eopl pl pl ple e e ewh wh wh who o o o wi willl l a a a alw l lw lw way ay ayyss s swe welc lcom om oe e eyo yo yo yu u u uwi wi wi with th th tha a a arm m rm rms swi wide de op op open en en ena a a and nd nd nw w w who ho ho hose se se sen n n nat at at atio io io iona na na nallll pr pr pr pid id id ide e ewi wi illll l l hhave yo yo yu u uim im im im imme me me mers r rs sed ed e e iin n nh th th the eci city t 'scul ul utu tu tre r iin nno no ti tii time me me me. .Th Th hey ey ey,,ju ju ust st lllik ik ike e eyo you uan andd I, I,v vie ie ffor or a a a ali lililife fe fe feo o o offff ffr fr free ee ee eedo do o om m m- -in inte tellllec ectu tual ally l, sp sp p pir ir iit iua ulllyyan a and ec con nom om mic ial ally ly. . Un Unfo fortt run un unat attel el e y,, ye e eve ve ve vent nt t ntsss s su su u surr rr rrou ou ou ond nd nd ndin in in inggg gth th the efa fallll o off th th th the e e eGr Gr G Gree ee e ekkk k k econ onom m om myy in iin 2 200 008 8di di dsa sa s sabl bl bl bled ed ed ed Monastiraki, Athens.
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