This year I opened my birthday in Athens, Greece. I landed in this magical city on my born day, cheers to me!
To be completely frank, I initially used Athens as a layover for my true destination, Santorini. However, in true magical form, Athens proved me wrong. Powerful–it felt powerful to be in a city that has existed since 3000 BC. It felt powerful to take in a city that existed before God sent his only son to this earth. Athens is powerful. We visited the ancient city. We saw Acropolis, the Temple of Zeus, The Parthenon of Athens, and Panathenaic Stadium. I vividly remember growing up in school and learning about greek methodology and being intrigued. Being in ancient Athens, I learned that to read about these monuments is one thing but to experience them is something completely different.
I never really believed in greek methodology and I am not sure that I believe in it now. What I do know is that it took an intelligent group of people with unimaginable strength to have built these monuments over 5000 years ago without the technological tools that we are so reliant upon today. Even when considering the modern day restoration efforts in Acropolis, one must wonder why it takes heavy machinery to restore monuments that were built with only hands.
As a former track athlete with olympic dreams, I had to visit the Panathenaic Stadium–the home of the first Olympic Games. I climbed to the top of the stadium stairs (I couldn’t feel my legs afterwards) and the view was spectacular. I even took a stab at triple jump, and my shins obviously hated me afterwards.
— Esquire in Love <3