All posts tagged: Syntagma

bio-diversity in the pantry

OVER the years I have become increasingly fascinated by the effect of foods on my organism, and deeply committed to eating right, opting for fresh, seasonal produce, mainly vegetarian, chiefly locally sourced and ethically grown, which offers my body clean, high-nutrient fuel. I found that once I started eating this way, not only was I contributing to a kinder, more compassionate way of life that supported local farmers and food producers, but also making the most of my eating experiences by really getting the most nutritious value out of what I was eating. Once I started consciously cutting out all the foods that are filled with preservatives, GMO ingredients and the ugly cost of involving animal abuse or human slavery (today that unfortunately defines the majority of corporation-produced foods you’ll find in your local store, anywhere in the world), it was fascinating to see the way my body responded  by thanking me – offering better energy, better quality of sleep, better digestion,  and guiding me to choose some foods over others. It started to react immediately to chemically-laden rubbish foods and drinks …

athens metro

ONE of the most upbeat and functional aspects of city life in Athens despite the downbeat crisis Greece has been facing for far too long is the growing urban metro system. When it first opened to the public, sparkling and polished, strewn with beautiful, sophisticated art (and stunning ancient ruins and even a still-running Ilissos river in Monastiraki station) everyone was impressed and excited, but also worried that it’s great appeal wouldn’t last. ‘It’ll get dirty, and unkempt and sad,’ we all assumed (take a look at the state of the 2004 Olympic venues today and you’ll quickly understand where we were coming from). Ever since  my first  interview with Attiko Metro when the system first started running I was personally very proud that my city could produce such an impressive transportation system, especially after visiting so many run-down, dirty, smelly and dodgy metro stations in otherwise exemplary cities such as London and Rome. The sense of pride continues to ride high today, as it has remained beautiful, clean, shiny and above all, functional.         There is a constant addition of new extensions and lines …