On the drive from the airport to where I was staying with friends, Athens felt a lot like Mashhad in Iran, the city of my mother where I went to school. In the markets of Athens, however, I felt I was back in Tehran, in the Tajrish bazaar, going back home after a long day. The cafés reminded me of Istanbul, and the majestic ancient ruins — Western civilisation’s foundation stones — of Rome.
More than anywhere else perhaps, Athens felt like home. The concept of a fluid and multiple h