We had no sense of rising tensions in Greece when we left in early October. It was business as usual, bananas and grapes going like hotcakes off the back of the pick-up. This fruit stall was just outside Omonoia subway station in central Athens, a ten minute walk from our hotel on the edge of Exarchia Square, where the shooting of a 16 year old boy started the nationwide riots and protests still being felt across the country.
The area, described as 'bohemian' in the Lonely Planet Guide, reminded me a little bit of Smith Street, Fitzroy at the turn of the century. The walls and windows are plastered in handbills promoting avant-garde theatre, music and festival events. The park benches and gardens in the square are witness to shady characters and drug deals galore. During our brief stay in the area, more than one or two folk were walking around smacked out of their trees!
I wonder how they reacted when the molotov cocktails flew through the air.
And I wonder whether the fruit stall is back in business yet?