Last week we went to an underground (literally) techno rave. We had heard all about these parties from friends and been to a few being held on university campuses. As mentioned in an earlier blog post, the laws regarding police not being allowed on campus have changed so I was interested to see how the students and organisers got around this.
What they did was they held the rave in an underground pass, under the main road, leading to the city centre. It was a great experience and without the presence of police everyone was able to party into the later hours of the morning.
Video and post by Alex Hood (@Alexjohnhood)
Last week we took Olympia to the vets to do a basic check up. Having lived on the streets of Athens she had picked up cat flu and a skin infection. At the time we had no idea, but the vet told us that because we caught them both early Olympia will make a full recovery. In the video above you will be able to see whats up with our kitten and how we treat her.
Video and blog update by Alex Hood (@Alexjohnhood)
A while back in one of the first articles in the academics in Athens tab I mentioned the mass amounts of money you could end up spending if you decided to do a weekly shop in one of the mainstream supermarkets such as ‘MyMarket’ or ‘AB’. Well we have the solution … after 4 and a half months. Markets!! Now, this may see obvious as you’re cutting out the middle man but to be perfectly honest it is a lot of effort to go all the way to ‘Omonia’ and then walk around markets for 30 mins trying to get everything you need to make a meal.
Recently, however, after taking Olympia to the vets we stumbled across a long market right by our house in the Akropoli neighbourhood. However, we are pretty sure that this market is only around on Fridays and Saturdays.
We set off with 20 euros to see exactly how different it would be to the everyday supermarket.
1 large leek
2 purple broccoli
A bag of (around 8/9) big potatoes
A box of strawberries
A bottle of pomegranate juice
10 yellow scrub sponges for washing up
A bunch of grapes
7 big mushrooms
A bunch of coriander
10 pack of toilet roll
This shopping list may seem simple to everyday life in England where Aldi can give you all this and more for less than £20 however, in Athens it is a miracle to get all of this for only 20 euros in a supermarket close to your house.
The market closer to us was only fruit and veg, nuts, rice, beans and some other house hold needs like the toilet paper, however, the market in Omonia also has a meat and fish market as well as spices, bread and further along they have cheap clothes shops and electrical shops. You could truly spend half of your day, and money, weaving your way in and out of the many shops and stalls.
So, if you find yourself in Athens struggling to live with the expensive food from supermarkets you have two options … eat out and grab a gyros as this will be cheaper than cooking or head for a trip to the markets and grab everything you could possibly need for a good feed.
We are three Brighton University students who have been given the opportunity to study at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. This blog will be our way of sharing our experiences of living and studying in Greece, plus will include tips and advice for those also looking to study abroad or even just visit Athens.
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