Paradise in the City/Παράδεισος στην Πόλη

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My dream car!

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The city of Athens is considered one of the least greenest in Europe. That is slowly changing as people are becoming more and more environmentally conscious. The Botanical Park in Haidari in western Athens is a nice hidden gem, and a beautiful escape from the concrete of the city that many Athenians don’t know very well.

Η πόλη της Αθήνας θεωρείται ένα από τα λιγότερα πράσινα στην Ευρώπη. Αυτό αλλάζει σιγά-σιγά, καθώς οι Έλληνες γίνονται όλο και πιο φιλική προς το περιβάλλον. Το Βοτανικό Πάρκο στο Χαϊδάρι στη δυτική Αθήνα είναι ένα ωραίο κρυμμένο κόσμημα και μια όμορφη απόδραση από το τσιμέντο της πόλης που λιγοί Αθηναίοι γνωρίζουν καλά.

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Mellow Yellow/Κίτρινα Ανθη

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¨In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” -Aristotle
“Σε όλα τα πράγματα στη φύση υπάρχει κάτι το θαυμαστό.” –Αριστοτέλης

False Positivity/Ψεύτικη Θετικότητα

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A carefree woman walking to her doom. Illustration by Angela Zafiris

“In our day and age, global society has been saturated with the wrong teaching of false positivity. The denial of darkness never equates the abundance of light. And the denial of your actual character never equates to the reality of your best character. People today are afraid to work on themselves and on their actual realities, they believe that outward appearances are enough. Outward appearances have become everything in our current day and age. People don’t see what they are actually like, nor who they actually are, in reality. They live in a phantasmic version of reality. It has to stop. In the phantasmic version of reality, there is no chance to experience true love, true goodness, and true metamorphosis. The caterpillar does not become a butterfly by telling everybody it has wings. It actually buries itself in darkness and grows those wings.”
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March Tradition/O Μάρτης

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Καλό μήνα!  Happy new month!

The red and white string in the photo is worn by Greeks and by people from Balkan countries during the month of March. It’s supposed to protect a person from getting sun burnt this month. The March sun can be deceptive; you don’t think it will burn you because it’s not summer yet, but it will. So a bit of sun screen coupled with this string would be a better idea.

At the end of the month the string is put on a rose bush so that the birds can take it and use it to make their nests.

Streets in Black & White/Δρόμοι σε Μαύρο και Ασπρο

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Lonely flute player 😦

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It was a nice day for a trip down town. It was a warm week before the winter chill came back again.

Ήταν μια ωραία μέρα για μια βολτα στο κέντρο της πόλης. Ήταν μια ζεστή εβδομάδα λιγο πριν το κρύο ερθει ξανα.

Too Much Talking/Πολυ Μπλα Μπλα

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‘Too much Talking’ Illustration by Angela Zafiris

Now it’s time for a little rant…

I was on You Tube and I came across numerous talking heads with channels. I listened and listened to what they have to say about people, life and the universe.. blah blah blah.  I disagreed with a few things that they had to say. They seemed so out of touch. I realized it was just useless banter from people of privileged positions.  They are all so sanctimonious with their ‘crowns’ and with a talent at bringing people down because its profitable. Some have a PhD in whatever field and some are intuitive/spiritual and others who have the gift of gab aka blabber mouths.  There is a laundry list of things you HAVE to do before a certain age (God forbid you don’t want to do those things) or you do, but haven’t achieved these things yet, and perhaps you never will. That’s life!

What is right for them might not work for you. What they wanted out of life might not necessarily want what you want out of life.

So be your own life coach. Follow your own path. If life is too short then don’t listen to the dribble. We will all end up six feet under anyways no matter what road or piece of advice we take.

Now, I hope that wasn’t too much talking for you. Just a healthy dose of the truth.

 

 

Winter Oranges/ Χειμωνιάτικα Πορτοκάλια

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Make sure to get some vitamin C this cold/flu season A little raw garlic clove ingested with orange juice in another trick to keep the germs at bay.

Να κατανλωνετε βιτανιμνη C για να αποφευγετε το κρυολογημα και τη γριπη.  Λιγο ωμο σκορδο συνοδευμενο με πορτοκαλαδα θα κρατησουν τα μικροβια μακρια.

Nature’s Tears/Τα Δακρυα της Φυσης

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“All things share the same breath-the beast, the tree, the man…the air shares its spirit with all life it supports”. – Chief Seattle, Duwamish Tribe

Climate change is happening, humans are causing it, and I think this perhaps the most serious environmental issue facing us.” – Bill Nye (the Science guy)

 

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