We aim to create a closer dialogue between members and representatives of the Russian Diaspora and to promote Greek-Russian cultural & historical heritage links. We intend to organise educational lectures, tours, voluntary works & publications in media to encourage bonds between Russian immigrants local Greek communities. These will concentrate on language skills, Russian & Greek culture, traditions and history.

Excursion to Acropolis


The Union of Russian Immigrants in Greece organized an excursion to the historic center of Athens for “Club 50+,” in the framework of the European project “Steps Towards Active European Citizenship.” Although I don’t fall into the category of those above 50, I still wanted to be present in this meeting.

And after hearing about the meeting place--by metro station “Acropolis,” I was convinced. A walk around those quarters leaves everyone in awe. Stopping by the ancient rocks, I furtively glance behind me, awaiting the opening of some time portal. Yes! This place does wake up your imagination! I also brought my nephew with me. First, it’s Sunday--our day together-- and second, it can only do him well to be in some russian-speaking company.

So we, a little tourists (we do have a real tour guide!), a little Athenians (a lot of us in Greece have spend here...a while), just a little bit lazy strollers (we pick up cones, gaze at the olive and cypress trees, as if we are seeing them for the first time)--are slowly walking from the metro station up, towards the Irodio ancient theater. Not idly walking, but listening to our narrator, the historian Irina Zhalnina. She’s so masterful at the her tour guide role, you can almost believe she was here in Athens when people still believed in Zeus and not in credits from MBF. Only the 5-year-old boy confesses he was expecting something else from this walk. He secretly whispers to me he wouldn’t say no to ice-cream.But even he, you know, is probably falling for the atmosphere of closeness.
We’re walking on the road of ancient Athenians, as if we’re bringing our sacrifices each to our deity (I, for example, to Hermes, the god of eloquence). Sometimes we stop, concentrating on our leader, we walk up the hill, where in the ancient times trials took place, we walk towards a small museum, which it turns out is always open and is free to enter, we browse through the rich collections...etc.I can talk about this endlessly, but it’s even better to join us next time. Otherwise, if I keep writing I’ll fall in love with my own creation, like the mother Gaia fell in love with her creation Uran... In the ancient city it’s easier to understand that the world is ruled by Eros, and this little hooligan-god is what makes us human.
Nonna Dajgorobova, for soruem.gr

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