The Swedish Institute in Athens


The roof terrace at the Swedish Institute in Athens

I could sit here for the rest of my life! Or a few weeks at least. With a large roof terrace overlooking Acropolis I did not  feel much need to leave the building (but of course I did). It has been paradisical – a wonderful place to stay, whether involved in interesting conversations with other guests, (Frederick Whitling and Petter Spjut it was a pleasure to meet you!) or spending time on my own. On this terrace, for slow breakfasts, delicious lunches, or late red wine under the sky, I regained some inner peace. 11329752_10153037822838090_8261644360745102738_n I have felt truly relaxed for the first time in several  years,  so much that for the first days, I almost forgot that I am not in Athens for holidays, until I noticed the big advertisements for Art-Athina all over town.. I think I will dream of  The Swedish Institute, a  grand neo-classical building in the Makriyianni district of Athens, immediately to the south of the Acropolis,  for a long time. I already miss it. Even though I do not leave until the day after tomorrow. I will also miss Athens. A city I want to know more intimately.  I hope I get a chance to return. I am already planning my return…