After 8 weeks, my internship in Athens has sadly come to an end. It’s been an awesome experience, I have learnt an incredible amount, and so I owe a huge thank-you to Mannkal and GLM for making it possible.
Early this week I was invited to visit the University of the Peloponnese (a 3 hour drive from Athens, near the town of Tripoli), by a Professor of Economics we met in Athens. The aim of the trip was to look at how GLM could possibly foster greater ties with Australia, both in the academic and private sectors. The drive down revealed the beauty of Greek countryside, with it even snowing at one point (this was super exciting for me given I have never seen snow!). The university itself was situated next to beautiful forests, with the small town of Tripoli next door. We went for lunch in an even smaller village near by – nothing beats traditional Greek food.
There was another rally on this week (I have been told there is actually a rally every two days) and Michael Lakovidis from GLM took me down to get up close. We met with some other libertarians who had prepared small banners advocating for the reform of the pension system to move towards self-sustaining operation. For an argument that seems logical and sensible, the negative reaction from younger member of the crowds, and the almost lack of support for reform was disappointing. Yet, on the topic of reform, the main Greek opposition party has now elected a new leader – Kyriakos Mitsotakis, a pro reformist who could represent a new turn for Greece.
As of writing this blog I am now out of Athens, and have moved north to Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece. Over the next week I hope to travel around the region of Greek Macedonia, and continue to find new places and learn more about the Greek Culture. For now it’s goodbye, and once again – Thanks Mannkal!