Amid its economic catastrophe, Athens is still a city of trendy cafes, cocktail bars and glamorous, air-kissing young people.
As Greeks prepare to vote in Sunday’s general election, anti-austerity party Syriza is ahead in the polls and campaigning under the slogan, “Hope is on its way”.
The average wage has fallen to €600 (£450: $690) a month; half of all young people are unemployed and the economy is barely emerging from six years of recession. But Greeks remain determined to maintain their hold on normality.
“We don’t have much else,” they say, “we may as well enjoy our freddo cappuccinos.”
But despite the drinking, flirting and dating, since the onset of financial disaster, a fundamental change has taken place in Greek society.
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