Is Athens ready?


Just one day to go. It is the first morning that we have had the strength to get up at 7.30am. We are getting used to the heat.

Athens looks ready as the Mayor of Athens, Dora Bakoyannis emphasised in her press conference at the Zappeion Centre yesterday. She looked confident and pleased, and probably she has good reason. The city looks fantastic.

However, some things keep going wrong with local transport: the tram is not very reliable at the moment, there are signs indicating how long until the next train, but you get stuck in the longest ‘1 minute’ waits ever. The screens never seem to go beyond ‘7min’ to the next tram, no matter whether you have to end up waiting for one hour. On the other hand, the metro and buses seem to work fine.


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