spaghetti and pigeons in athens, greece

4 years ago
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At the ripe old age of 22, I was quite the traveler. At my current age of 31, I can't say the same thing. So I gotsta reminisce on my travel heyday back when I was 22. Oi. One of the trips I took was traveling from London to Paris, Athens, Venice and Florence over the course of 10 days with my friend Jaime who was visiting me for 2 weeks. This trip produced numerous amazing stories but I'm just going to share one with you today. After a looooong trip getting to Athens, we were excited to explore the city for a few days. We seriously saw so many amazing historical sites and ruins and it was a long time ago and I can't even remember what we saw when. Here are some photos though for your viewing pleasure. Reminder these were taken in 2005 (oof) and with a non-digital camera by an extremely unskilled photographer (me) so no judging. scan0013scan0012scan0014 We took the funicular up Mount Lycabettus one gorgeous afternoon. There are some amazing views of Athens from the top of the mountain and probably some other sites that I can't remember. Instead, something super random happened which sticks into my mind. It was a gorgeous day and my friend Jaime and I met up with my friend Nancy who randomly happened to in Athens with her husband at the same time as us. We all walked around for a bit and decided to rest on a bench and enjoy the March sun. So lovely. A man who I assume was homeless was sitting maybe ten feet from us in an open square type area. He was your movie-version of a homeless guy with the crazy hair and the heavy coat even though it was really warm out. (Since I'm deep into Scandal now, think Huck in his crazy days.) He had a plastic grocery bag which was apparently full of cooked spaghetti noodles. This guy was reaching into the bag and throwing handfuls of the spaghetti into the middle of the square. This attracted tons of pigeons who went NUTS on the spaghetti. They thought they were worms and I guess tried to eat them like worms but the noodles would just break and pieces would go flying in the air and land on the backs of other pigeons who just continued to eat the spaghetti like crazy even with spaghetti scraps on their back. Whenever passersby would walk through the square on their way wherever, this would cause the pigeons to scatter, which caused the guy to scream at them in Greek something which I would assume amounted to "Get outta here! It's pigeon lunch time, you filthy humans. Git!" scan0015

(The pigeons. Sorry I didn't get a pic of the pigeon whisperer.)

For some reason, my friends and I found this crazily fascinating. Maybe we were all out of it because of being in the sun. But we seriously sat on that bench for at least an hour, watching spaghetti guy feed his pigeons and yell at people who got in the way. And that's the thing I remember most about Athens. Please share some of your super random travel stories! Bonus points if they include pigeons and/or spaghetti.

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