Author: Angela Zafiris

Hello! I'm a Artist/Writer/Photographer who lives in Athens, Greece. I have many creative ways from writing, photography, collage art, mixed-media art and poetry. I love sharing my work with people from all over the world through my blog.

By The Lake/Δίπλα στη Λίμνη

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I came across this tabby cat with the munchies!

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He is really enjoying his snack and drinks!

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The beautiful lake in Marathon where Athenians get their water from.  I love water, all bodies of water 🙂

Η πανέμορφη λίμνη του Μαραθώνα όπου οι Αθηναίοι παίρνουν το νερό τους. Λατρεύω το νερό, όλα τα υδατικά συστήματα 🙂

Waves of Trash/Κυμα Σκουπιδιων

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‘You can run, but you can’t hide’! Collage by Angela Zafiris

Recently a pregnant sperm whale washed up on a beach in Sardinia, Italy. The whale had 49 pounds of plastic in its stomach. Last month another whale was found washed up on the shores of the Philippines with 88 pounds of plastic in its stomach. The oceans are full of plastics and air pollution has gotten worse.

The state of global air (SOGA) released a report that air pollution is the 5th leading cause of death in the world today. Countries in Asia and Africa are suffering the most due to the use of fuels like coal and charcoal for home cooking. The life expectancy of children in the countries will decrease by 20 months.

According to the WHO (World Health Organization) air pollution kills over 7 million people each year. Air pollution increases the risk of stroke, lung cancer and heart disease. Also, air pollution kills 50% of children under the age of 5.

Changes are being made in Europe with the banning of plastic bags and straws and the youth is protesting around the world for the environment. But, quicker and bigger changes need to made and everyone has to make environmental causes a top priority.

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.

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.