If you travel around Athens you’ll at some point notice the almost excessive amount of graffiti. We took the train out to the port to catch a boat for an island day tour. Much of the trip was above ground and we noticed that so many buildings seemed to be covered in graffiti. Even our train was covered in doodles and drawings! After some research I discovered that graffiti and street art in Athens began in the 80’s but really picked up steam after the economic downturn in 2008 because there were too many unemployed and underemployed youth. Even though graffiti is technically illegal, it is rarely removed by the city. Interestingly, I’ve read that the origins of the word graffiti are from the Greek word graphein “to draw, to scratch, to write”. Who knew?!