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Greek ambassador on collecting art, riding the Athens metro and why Bulgarians and Greeks are so similar
Every summer hundreds of thousands of Bulgarians descend on the border with Greece, determined to get as soon as possible to their favourite beach and taverna on Chalkidiki Peninsula and Thassos Island. The proximity of Greece creates the false notion that they know it well, particularly if they are able to order a glass of ouzo and a plate of grilled kalamari in broken Greek.
Athens is a place that simultaneously feels very old and very new. It is a place of ancient monuments and of drab, unremarkable post-1940s streets with white houses and greying apartment buildings, with bustling street traffic and elderly people slowly strolling along. There are tourist traps and tavernas that seem unchanged since the 1960s, intelligent graffiti and classical monuments which laid the foundation of Western art, among the pestering pigeons and of the pageantry of the Evzones national guard.