Meandering through the Metro
Sometimes, the best way to get to know a city is to simply meander your way through its Metro system.
With a seven hour layover in Athens, I did just that. Purchasing a full day pass, I jumped onto the Blue Line at it’s end stop, the Athens International Airport ans began a 45 minute journey into the heart of oldtown.
On a mission, I had read about a self-guided walking tour, 3.5 km long along the base of the acropolis, past parliament, the temple of Zeus as well as Olympic Stadium, all before ending in the Monastraki Plaza which is home to a bustling market.
A perfect way to reawaken my senses after a ten hour transatlantic flight, the short adventure also helped to heighten my senses and better prepare me for the rest of the day that laid ahead.
Droves of school children gathered outside the Acroplis. Their energy infections as they giggle & play; free from the confines of traditiional school for the day.
Lovers embrace one another in romantic landscapes, accented by ancient Greek ruins.
The plethora of sights, sounds, smells all set within an alien environment can do wonders for your soul.
Plus, regardless of whether you speak the language or not, it’s never too hard to find your way on a linear metro rail system.
Next time you find yourself mometarily stuck in a fantastic metroploitan area, pay the few extra euros, dollars or yin, to store your luggage at the airport and take a micro adventure into the heart of the city.
Who knows what wonders the metro may provide.