“I’m going to in continue to be Athens for a month or perhaps a little bit longer,” I advised my parents at the tail-conclude of September 2020. There have been no obligatory quarantine for passengers arriving into Greece and as Covid-19 cases climbed in Eire, I made the decision to go away though I experienced the possibility. “We will certainly be again for Christmas, that’s for absolutely sure.”

It is now July 2021 and the two myself and my sister Aisling are nevertheless below in Athens. Before arriving, I experienced slid into a cozy dwelling situation in Dublin, floating among managing a web site I established up named Quarantune and looking at episodes of The OC. I used Quarantune to remain related to my mates and colleagues from the new music scene in London and invited DJs, producers, seem engineers and other individuals I had regarded in field to share a memory in the sort of a picture and a quick interview with me. It grew a shorter pair of legs and saved me distracted at household.

In the course of this time, I had been in a fortunate placement to be positioned on furlough from my prior job as a talent booker in London. Soon after I had been manufactured redundant in August 2020 however, I evaluated my financial savings and booked a flight to see Aisling, who was living in Athens and performing voluntary get the job done at a refugee camp. (Right here is her story in The Irish Periods.)

I remaining Dublin on a freezing chilly morning and was met on the other side by blistering heat. Viewing the palm trees that lined the motorway into Athens and adjusting to the temperature, I realised how lucky I was 

I still left Dublin on a freezing chilly morning and was met on the other facet by blistering heat. Observing the palm trees that lined the motorway into Athens and altering to the temperature of 28 levels Celsius, I realised how lucky I was to have the price savings to get me in this article without the need of any significant obligations.

I spent Oct 2020 in an AirBnb in the Athenian suburb of Edem. During each of my morning swims in the warm waters of the Aegean, I was reminded that my relocation was a stroke of luck after leaving behind the stagnancy of unemployed lifetime in Dublin. Indeed, I was continue to unemployed in Greece, but at least I could swim in the sea and immerse myself in a different society whilst familiarising myself with the geometric-formed Greek alphabet and studying the language. It was in Edem that I tried out Greek veggie dishes this kind of as melitzanasalata, dolmades and fava at the local beachside taverna.

Fast-forward to December and Aisling and I never designed it back to Dublin for Christmas. We were each living alongside one another in the neighbourhood we’re based in now, Koukaki, and getting determined not to arrive house as Covid-19 skyrocketed throughout the world, we skilled our 1st tricky lockdown in Athens. With Aisling’s voluntary do the job above, she resumed freelance graphic style, though I figured out my next actions, in in between visits to the supermarket and venturing out for our every day allocated wander.

Niamh O’Connor is savoring Athens where by “finding a first rate flat won’t value an organ in rent”

Throughout individuals lockdown days, I worked on Quarantune and assumed about how I could make it into a tangible structure. Getting gathered a plethora of pictures on the on the net archive, I requested Aisling if she would aid me place a printed book of photos and job interview excerpts from the blog site in time for Xmas. Aisling agreed and we chose an Irish charity called The SCOOP Basis – co-founded by the DJ and promoter Calvin Sweeney – to share the earnings 50/50 as their work with displaced younger folks in Immediate Provision centres in Ireland and Iraqi Kurdistan struck a chord with each of us.

We’ve now developed two Quarantune guides – also obtainable in PDF variations – in overallQuarantune 01: Songs, Reminiscences and Much more and Quarantune 02: Past Entry 3am . Every guide consists of 45 to 50 photos and excerpts equipped by global artists. We employed a Uk-based printing business that delivered the textbooks to our apartment and following navigating a couple of language obstacles and Greek customs bureaucracy, ELTA Hellenic Put up transported every single purchase around the entire world. We have now marketed out the next book, and this is a massive accomplishment for us.

I know there is extra of Athens I have however to see, significantly in conditions of digital tunes

Summer has arrived in Greece and as the sunshine gets hotter. A return to Eire or the Uk appears unlikely. While London is a multi-colored cosmos for electronic audio, the views of getting a first rate flat there that will not price an organ in rent is unappealing. Koukaki was dead in the course of the months of lockdown, but the streets have given that reworked because limitations lifted in Might and it is the very first time I have experienced a genuine sense of existence in central Athens.

I am not absolutely sure what the foreseeable future retains and in some cases I am just as doubtful as I was back again in March 2020 when I moved from London to Dublin. I know there is a lot more of Athens I have yet to see, notably in terms of electronic songs. When the lookup for freelance function continues, so will indulging in the countrywide Greek pastime – drinking coffee. But seeing more of the city at this time unfold is a buzz in by itself.

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