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  • Athens used to be a cat city. That's how you could tell it belonged to the Orient.

    I was here in 1995 when the city was chosen for the 2004 Olympics. Two years later when I returned, money had started to flow in the country.
    Around 1998, I remember wondering: "why is it people, as soon as they are just a little bit better off, the first thing they do is get a dog?"
    We discovered dog shit on Athens' sidewalks.
    One, two years. Puppy got bigger. Puppy got kicked out of the house.
    Dogs were the first homeless of Athens. Nobody paid attention.

    2012. All these years of European integration have changed profoundly greek society. We didn't notice, or maybe it was too late.
    Greece now belongs to the West.
    Athens is a dog city, barking and biting.

    I miss the nonchalance of them cats...
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