Glimpse of Athens

This New York Times slideshow doesn’t capture the Athens of my college years, nor, I suspect, does it fully capture the Athens of today (though hardly urban or diverse, it canNOT be *quite* this bleached and hipsterized), but these photos make me smile nonetheless. I’ve loved it since my first pre-matriculation visit and am always pleased to return. This was the first place I came to recognize myself as an independent, self-determining adult, with all the world and all the time unfolding forever before me. How powerful I felt, and how idealistic I was! Even just these six pix (and the 20somethings in them) remind me how grateful I am to this delightful town — and that pure, weighty-yet-unfettered time.

NYT visits Classic City


About amywinns

Semi-snarky, semi-sincere, occasionally ranting, always paying attention. Feminist who can work a skirt and crack a joke. Grammar nerd who is also fun at parties. Mid-career writer/editor with 15 years’ experience in newspapers & magazines who now helps developers at a major media corporation communicate with the suits who write the checks. Pro-women, pro-family, pro-choice, pro-workingclass, pro-entrepreneur, pro-farmer. Like every other bourgeois Brooklynite, I choose local/organic/raw food — mostly vegetables — whenever possible/reasonable/affordable but I’m not a smug asshole about it. Hometown: Atlanta. Weird hobby: lindy hop. No pets, no kids, no thanks.
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