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Chris Hendrickson | Week 2

Chris Hendrickson

16 January 2017

The Ancient Parthenon of the Acropolis

Be the first to arrive and the last to leave is an old proverb I’ve learnt through my travels and I’ve always kept this philosophy in mind. Though, I did not expect to arrive home after midnight on Monday after a long day at the office. This was not because of the freak snow storm, but an event hosted at The Hilton by the Liberty Forum.

I’ve found the most difficult thing about doing a project is waiting for replies to your emails asking for information. I can’t do much more without the information I’ve requested, yet I was not without a something to do for long. I unexpectedly received a call at the office from a member of the board of directors and one of the directors at the Atlas Network, Alexander Skouras.

We spoke briefly about the work I was doing up to that point, offered me his support and, in collaboration with the Liberty Forum’s executive director Nicos Rompapas, discussed projects I would work on in the coming weeks. I was asked by Mr. Skouras to come up with ideas of my own and to email him the results, at which point I jumped with excitement and quickly wrote down some ideas in my notebook to explore. I am hoping to pitch my ideas and, if successful, begin working on them on Monday.

The Odeon of Herodes Atticus

The entrance to the Acropolis of Athens

The weekend was even more interesting than my week at the office, if that’s believable. I took myself on a tour around some of ancient Athens, including the Ancient Agora, the Acropolis and National Archaeological museum. The preservation of these sites and the artefacts on display was incredible, especially considering the Turkish used the Parthenon as a gunpowder magazine. In 1687 the magazine was hit by artillery during a siege and it exploded, causing great damage to the site.

Enjoying the snow storm in Athens

I was also invited to an evening drinks event by the Liberal Alliance, one of Greece’s libertarian political parties, on Thursday night. This was again, another late night of networking and socialising. However, liberal ways of thinking are severely shunned by many in Greece and so the group is small. For now.

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