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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Late in the night, I think of mountains and ATVs

When you are the only person left in the office and its around 1 am, when try as you might, you cannot motivate yourself to do a little bit of extra work until the taxi can come pick you up, your mind may wander to mundane matters of  no importance. Not me.

Nope.

I am thinking of Lagarde, and her appointment at the IMF even though she has no background in economics, about how she was a chair at B&M, and wondering how Greece got itself into such a mess.

I read reports about protests at Syntagma and blockades at Piraeus and felt curiously affected by the anger and frustration of the people. Is that what the IMF did with the SAP (?) plans a decade or so ago?

I was at Piraeus, and its unordinary and well, normal. I remembered distinctly telling DF that if you added a river to the right side of Mount Road (yes, the side with the LIC and the Cosmopolitan Club) and removed all the buildings on the right side, then it would like exactly like Piraeus.

We undertook an Epic journey from Piraeus to Monastiraki, getting very lost and then finding a Greek bus-stop with 30 kilo backpacks on our backs, taking a Greek bus, with Greek signs and getting off when we were told we couldnt buy tickets on the bus, and walking back to the port (roughly a kilometre) to buy a ticket from the same Greek Lady who gave us directions to the bus-stop earlier (utterly terrible directions) but didnt tell us we couldnt get a ticket on board. .

We had a phrase for the trip, conjured when we were stuck in a loop downtown in Mykonos and couldnt find our way to the hotel. The centre of the city, the main village is usually called hora.

Yes, you're right, we are that lame.


My taxi is here, so the rest of the story shall be told someother time, but I miss driving through Naxos in between giant scary deadly quiet mountains on tiny winded paths to visit a tiny village and eat in someone's living room cum cafe. Especially because the ATV was a bright red in Naxos.

It was bright orange in Santorini, and bright yellow in Mykonos.

Good times, gentle reader, good times.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't think it's fair to compare what the Greeks are going through with what the SAPs might have caused in some developing countries. The Greeks are in this mess because for generations now they have become accustomed to state largesse in the form of fat government salaries and bonuses and much more, made possible partly because of EU handouts and, of course, a lot of borrowing.

And yeah, it is really cool that Lagarde was chairman of B&M :) (and I say 'chairman' intentionally: http://www.bakermckenzie.com/womensinitiatives/)

M said...

how clued out am I. I thought you meant General Petraeus for the first few lines of your entry and why you were being mean about his physical appearance.

" and its unordinary and well, normal. I remembered distinctly telling DF that if you added a river to the right side of Mount Road (yes, the side with the LIC and the Cosmopolitan Club) and removed all the buildings on the right side, then it would like exactly like Piraeus. "

Ahhahaha.

And was it BAKER AND MAC?!!!!! What a pity :P I guess your past catches up with you when you hit the headlines.

Sowmya Rao said...

Both of you, M and Anon - sorry, i should have replied sooner.

Anon - I dont know much economics to know if what you're saying is really correct. But then, I don't understand why the credit ratings continue to drop, where is the credit in the economy going, so I will read up on this and come back and talk to you if you're still around?
Good spot re the chairman :) Impressed.

Malu - :D

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