Diary of a Drifter - 2011 - Traveling Through GreeceThe Ancient World Awakens a New Love
TRAVELING TO GREECE
A Photographic Essay
by Tommy Wolf
Yes that’s German over my head in this shot. Just to clarify. When you travel to Greece you have the unfortunate experience of going through customs through Germany Frankfurt Airport.
It’s a stunning building that is a nightmare to connect through. If you’ve ever been then you understand what I mean.
How Did I Wind Up Traveling to Greece?
I never new where life would bring me. I was born poor. Upstate New York was a bit of a barren place in the mid-late 1990s.
My home town was becoming run down and a bit depressing.
I used to dream of moving to New York City. The big city. The big dreams that came with it. It was so exciting.
In the spring of 2006 I would finally make the leap towards my big dream. I sold all of stuff.
My car and anything else that I had of value. The time had come. I gave it all away and made the move to Bushwhick in Brooklyn, NY.
After several years living in a single share room with complete strangers,
stealing my food and making obscene amounts of noise in a massively overpriced room.
I decided it was time to live a life of real adventure.
My best friend John asked me if I’d like to travel with him to Greece in the summer of 2011.
I said fuck it.
I wasn’t happy with the choices I had made. Life was closing in.
All the stories about making it in New York where true. It was a tough, expensive city to make it in.
I made the decision to stop living for the “American dream.”
I was done living for their dream. It was time to start living for my dream!
I was going to start living for my dream.
The plane took off from John F Kennedy International Airport.
I was nervous, but full of anticipation and excitement.
I was 28 years old and thought I knew it all.
Little did I know, I knew nothing.
That day would be the first day of the rest of my life. And since that day I’ve have learned so much.
I’ve Met so many beautiful people. Seen so many beautiful things. Learned so many profound lessons. I stay humble these days. The more and more I know the more hungry I am.
There just isn’t enough food in the world to feed a hungry mind. I need to keep eating.
Here is my story.
Here is where it all began.
😉 – TW
Yiasou.. Politis tou kosmos..You are now a citizen of the world..
εὐδαιμονίαTHE STATE OF HUMAN FLOURISHING
The word EUDAIMONIA (εὐδαιμονία)
roughly means happiness or welfare in the greek language.
But the world has a much deeper meaning.
The proper summary can only be the phrase human flourishing.
Greece is a magical place if you’re lucky enough to avoid the poverty and painful parts of life there.
I’m so grateful that I had the chance to move towards a state of εὐδαιμονία
Well, the plane just landed..
FIRST STOP – THE BEACH AT VOULA, ATHENS, GREECE
FIRST STOP IN OUR JOURNEY OF εὐδαιμονίαTHE BEACH AT VOULA, ATHENS, GREECE
As I get off the moped and walk along the wooded path towards the beach, I feel different.
Life feels different. The sea smells different. The air smells different.
I touch the sand for the first time with my feet. It’s not scorching hot. It’s the middle of August.
I mean it’s hot, but not insane. The breeze twiddles through the beach chairs and umbrellas.
I head towards the water.
Am I really here? Something is strange. I’m experiencing a state of εὐδαιμονία? I think I am!
I walk into the water. The temperature is perfect. I walk out. The water is over my head now.
I can still see all the way to the sea floor. How is that possible? The Greeks say “the water is so clean.”
It really is. It’s so beutiful. I had such a long plane ride. Maybe this isn’t real. Maybe I’m just dreaming?
Johny catching Some zzz's after the long plane ride into Athens.
Beautiful Greek girl on the beach in Voula, Athens, GreeceThe women in Greece are unreal.
The homie Tony K.
Later the night..We met up with some more homies..
Savas from @HouseOfYoga
Dude is a master yogi.
Is this what it's all about? :))VLAMOS - Miss You Malaka!!
Today Was A Good Day..Time for bed.. Cant wait to see what tomorrow will bring.
Sofronisi – the great concept that you must know yourself in order to achieve happiness.
Humanity is much bigger then the sum of its parts. We all have a bigger purpose in this life. We all have an obligation to flourish and to add to the human condition in a positive and constructive way. The only way to do