Greece was hit hard by austerity measures after the economic crisis in 2008 — even its legendary food market suffered. Belts tightened, Greeks returned to their culinary roots to rediscover the Mediterranean Diet.
The crisis in Greece has affected every Greek one way or another. It represents parents looking for a second job to afford their children’s education. Youth forced to go abroad. Relationships ending. Low wages and unfinished reparation work. Not going out because it’s too expensive. Parents ask their son to look for a student job. It stands for anger, disappointment and powerlessness.
Athens is the cradle of democracy and Western philosophy, the spark where everything began. Today, the city is defined by one traumatising word: crisis. Despite these challenges, the country refuses to be painted only in negative adjectives, whether navigating through political changes, finding work despite high unemployment, and remembering to appreciate the little things in life, like a home-cooked meal. Welcome to Athens.