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An Unlikely Win in Athens

All photos have been kindly provided by George Spyros I went into the Eirindromia 10km race thinking I could maybe get a top 30 finish. It was going to be hot, though, about 25 degrees at 9am, and I could see there were  a good few athletes around me who looked very organised (warming up with purpose, in groups, in luminous running shoes). Then my friend Viktor, who knows many of the top local athletes, started to point to various people and say something like ‘Oh, he’s a strong runner,…

Fried Zucchini Balls

The Athens Marathon is one of my favourite races ever and it’s coming up soon, early in November. I can’t get to it this year but in honour of it taking place I made these Kolokithokeftedes, or fried zucchini balls. Every time I would go into an Athenian taverna I would order these, and loved them. They weren’t vegan – they had eggs and cheese in them – and I was just starting out on my vegan journey at the time so should have passed them over really yet still…

The Athens Marathon – The Authentic, Report and Films

Trek and Run were supported during this 2014 event by; Gore Running Wear - http://www.goreapparel.co.uk/ Helly Hansen - http://www.hellyhansen.com/ Airia Running Shoes - http://www.airiarunning.com/ Push Nutrition - http://www.pushnutrition.eu Garmin Action Cameras - https://buy.garmin.com/en-GB/GB/outdoor/action-cameras/virb-elite/prod119594.html The Hera Hotel, Athens - http://www.herahotel.gr/ The New Hotel, Athens - http://www.yeshotels.gr/ First of all, here’s a film that I made whilst running (sky filming is by Victor Milenkovic) to give you an idea of both course and atmosphere. And here’s another film, edited by Victor, giving a more aerial view of the event. This review of the Athens Authentic Marathon experience is going to…

Mystic Pizza on Veikou Street, Athens

We were looking for some decent pasta and pizza to give us energy for the forthcoming Athens marathon, and also because we felt in need of something different to the usual Greek fare and wanted to stick to our preferred vegetarian diet. We heard about Mystic Pizza from Trip Advisor and since one of their three branches in Athens was very near to our hotel (The Art Gallery Hotel) we paid it a visit. This branch is on a pretty pedestrianized road just off Veikou Street, which is an arty…

Mystic Pizza (Exarcheia), Athens

There are a few great value places to eat in Athens, for instance, Kostas in Agias Eirinis Square and the ladies selling the falafel just around the corner on Kolokotroni, both of which charge just two Euro for lovely kebab-style take-aways. But if you want a sit down, full meal with excellent eco-credentials then for us nothing beats Mystic Pizza. You’ll get brilliant pasta here, and of course pizzas, and there’s a strong lean towards the dishes being organic, health conscious and tasty and for around six or seven Euro…

Facebook, Athens and Moving On

The last month has been a time for stopping, and going. Firstly, I’ve stopped working in the gift economy. I tried it for the last 8 months but it hasn’t worked out sadly. Only about 10% of people who asked for books from me have bothered to pay me! So I’m down, financially, not just on the production costs of the books but also postage costs. I’m sure that’s because they’re busy, they forgot, or whatever but it all amounts to the same thing, a way of doing things that isn’t…