Saturday, 29 February 2020

February 29 2020

Every 4 years, on the 29th of February I go for a special walk. This year I was planning to go to the city centre to see some of the carnival events in Athens. But since the carnival has been cancelled I decided to walk up the mountain that is near my house. And see how far up I could go. Hence the picture. And let me tell you the gradient was more than 10%.
The reason I wanted to do this was the fact that the road going up the mountain was going straight up. No twists and turns around like the usual mountain roads.

At some point it eventually turned to the right, but it still kept going up.

Then it started going a bit down again, so I made a took a left turn at the next crossroads and kept going up again.
At some point the paved road ended and I plateau thinking I could go no further.
However, by turning to the right and then to the left, I found out that I could go further up.
The paving soon ended and so did the houses. Then the road became a path.
And the path narrowed and went through the forest.

Finally I reached another plateau where there was something that looked like an abandoned stone well.

There, I was rewarded with some wonderful views of Athens. I was even able to spot my house from 
up there.

As the sun was setting, I started going back down. When I encountered some wild boars wandering not in the forest but around the houses, I knew that I should really be getting back home!

I still got some wonderful views of Athens though, all the way to the coast!

As I finally finished my walk, I rewarded myself with souvlaki and beer!

As for tonight's entertainment it will consist of the movie "Leap Year" (of course).

And as far as music is concerned there is nothing more suitable than Mark Lanegan's live CD from Amsterdam recorded on February 29 2012.

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