First full day in Athens starts at a tiny cafe called Velvet on a side street off the big Panepistimiou Avenue where Titania Hotel is located. Why this cafe? There is WiFi. Free. So, here I am, reporting.
Uncharacteristically quiet out this Saturday. I sit on the sidewalk and hear the few men around me talk. I inhale their smoke. I sip my filter coffee. The white clouds dim the sun. A breeze blows. A woman arrives to sit with a couple of men.
I'm still not quite here in my own head. Haven't settled. Still sleep-deprived.
A loudspeaker truck drives by announcing "cleaning services". These trucks are so ubiquitous in other countries. I wonder why not in Chicago.
Later I'll meet Maria for a talk, and the to the movies with mom and cousin. Open air cinema. I'm curious about that.
Tomorrow to Nea Makri with family. Perhaps I'll get to take a dip in the sea.
Monday starts the conference.
(The smoke asphyxiates me.)