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Three Strikes but we’re out!

September 26, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Little did we realise as we got up on the day of our departure, but we were into the first day of three days of Greek National strikes to protest at the austerity measures. Public transport was ALL on strike. With this new information we walked into the city and tried to glean information from various street vendors, restaurant owners and via text, to find out that whilst trains, buses, trams and the metro were all on strike, taxi and air traffic control were still operational but on a work to rule basis.

 

The market in the agora, Pythagoras, Plato and Socrates were all here.

wheeeeeeeeeeee

You can imagine how hard it was finding a taxi!

On the way to the airport, the taxi driver outlined their fears: it is looking more likely that all private businesses will be taken over and nationalised, (similar to the communist takeover during the cold war.) this newly nationalised collective wealth will then be given to the  “Bad Merkl” as a way of paying off debt, thus selling off not only the public but also the private interests of the country to Europe (Germany). It is a complete nightmare, and can only end in tears.

It was a close call as far as leaving the country though, as air traffic control was striking from the next morning for 2 days and there would be air traffic chaos. We had missed it by only 5 hours or so! It made for an interesting afternoon trying to find a free taxi, but all worked out in the end.

 

 

 

 

loving the glasses

 

common as muck

 

solid carbon dioxide skating across water - a transit trip via the Science museum

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