Out and about in Athens. Can't go anywhere without tripping over an ancient piece of carved stone, dagnabbit. #iloveit
There are a few things that caught my eye about this building, not least its obvious age and how it sticks out from the buildings around it. But I also liked the outdoor staircase. It's a little hard to see, but there's a slight curve to the inner part of the stairs, which made me smile. This is an outdoor, cement staircase that's not beautiful. I imagine it would've been easier to build without a curve. But someone put time and effort into this to give something functional a bit of beauty and grace. To me that is a supremely beautiful thing indeed.
Athenian street scribbles. At least I hope they're street scribbles and that I'm not posting Greek graffiti profanities... #metalgateart
Doesn't this building look more like it belongs in a small Greek village, not the middle of Athens?
This is Leon (short for Leonidas). Leon is a street dog who likes to keep walking tours company. In Athens street dogs that are neutered and vaccinated get tags like the one Leon is wearing. Apparently indoor dogs aren't all that popular or common in Athens, but they sure take care of their ownerless outdoor ones! #spartaaaaa
This reminds me of the Roman Forum. #stuffyoudontseeinamerica
Athenians like their cats. #herekitty
#Athens #doors #andwindows
Athens: An ugly beautiful city (Check out my new blog post for why, link in bio!) #Athens #prettyugly #uglypretty
I haven't been to the touristy areas yet, but from what I can tell, Athens is NOT a pretty city. All the buildings I've seen are worn, cracked and faded cement monstrosities. But I still think I'll like it here (and I might be surprised by other parts of the city). The people seem nice, and there are restaurant and cafe gems embedded everywhere. I haven't walked a block yet without tripping over a cozy coffee shop or cocktail bar!
If someone takes a good photo of a non-photogenic person, then, yes, it absolutely must go on Instagram. #forposterity
First glimpse of Greece. #notbad
I also upgraded to business class. For $60. #averygoodidea #athensbound
Yesterday I decided to splurge and upgrade to priority boarding. I think it was a good idea. #eagerpeople
Today I visited the Reina Sofia art museum in Madrid, and I saw some amazing artwork. But they were a little snippy about snapping photos in most of the exhibits, so I took a photo of this cool stairwell instead.
I love the streets in Madrid.
The other day I got a new haircut at the most hipster place I've ever gotten a haircut. I also just posted a new blog about ... haircuts. Check out my bio for my website/blog! #snipsnip #somuchflannel
I’m used to the green meadows of England. This part of Spain—outside of Madrid on the way to Valencia—is so different. Dry. Everything is beige or dusty green. Rocky. Yellow earth. I see some red clay. It’s a dry, prickly kind of pretty. But the sky is so, so blue.
The train moves fast. Fields of parallel lines appear that follow the shape of hills growing … what? Bright green, yellow petals. I put my glasses on. Sunflowers. The fields are sparse, but large faces all still point towards the sun like soldiers saluting their flag. Other fields roll by, already harvested. I can’t tell what was grown there. Maybe wheat? But instead of desolate the barren land appears soft and warm from the train window, like golden velvet.
Or maybe I should put my glasses on again.
So many booths, so many people. And nothing I want (or need) to buy. #marketday