#tbt Recently I had sort of a "Back to the Future" moment, where I felt I'd gone forward & backward in time w/in 24 hours.
This realization hit me in a moment of frustration. I had a long layover in Athens, and since I had never been to Greece, I decided to go into the city to check out the Acropolis for a little bit.
Everything was going well when I arrived at the ancient site, but it wasn't long before a heavy rainstorm came from out of nowhere and descended from the sky.
At first I decided to brave the rain since I had a rain jacket and a cover for my backpack, but it got too heavy, so I found a doorway just big enough for me to stay dry somewhere along the narrow ancient streets just below the monuments at the top of the hill.
The downpour wasn't letting up, and I soon realized I wouldn't be able to actually go inside the Acropolis to the explore any further as I needed to get back to the airport.
It was at this moment that it hit me. Here I was, walking among these grounds - a showcase of the ancient world dating back over a couple of millennia ago - and just 24 hours previously, I was half a world away walking among the grounds of Singapore's futuristic Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands (scroll right for photo). The contrast in architecture, and time, was a pretty cool realization to appreciate.
This all happened about two months ago, brought about by another crazy stretch of flights - 4 countries in 4 days in 2 distant regions of the world.
The week's itinerary went as follows: ✈️On the Tuesday, I left Malaysia for Singapore
✈️Stayed through Wednesday until a 2am Thursday flight to Greece
✈️Spent Thursday in Athens
✈️Then had a late night flight to Sofia, arriving in Bulgaria after midnight Friday
I don't particularly recommend going through places so quickly. I much prefer to take my time in new places. You also run the risk of bad weather, which is why I didn't get to spend much time at the Acropolis (perhaps Zeus was punishing me for not staying longer? 😂). This itinerary ended up being better for me at the time. At least it was cool to experience such vastly different eras, and far away places, within 24 hours of each other. 😊