My name is Angelina Helioti and I recently graduated from the architecture school of NTUA.


After months of thinking, I took the risk of leaving life in Athens. The reason, the very quality of life of the metropolis. The fast pace, the pressure to “meet the deadlines”, the crowd of people and the lack of natural environment were things that led me to change.


I moved to a small, mountainous village in Arcadia, Stemnitsa. Although I grew up in Laconia, Arcadia is my place of origin and so in a sense, I feel like I have come home. I don’t know how long I’ll be able to stay here, but whatever it ends up being, I’ll try to enjoy it to the fullest.


Here I am enjoying everything I have been craving! Trees, rivers, lakes, quiet, everyday life at a slow pace.

I have a simple lifestyle, but it gives me inspiration for my artistic pursuits, photography, painting, and video making. At the same time, I am studying the art of silversmithing in a public school located here. In this blog you will find journal articles about my life here.


I hope you enjoy everything I’m about to share with you.


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A new activity

Good morning and happy May!

The last few days in Stemnitsa has been very strange and bad weather. The temperature varies between 7 and 10°C, it is windy, it rains and heavy fogs surround the village from morning to evening. Nevertheless, in the last few days I try harder than any other time of the year to follow a schedule of waking up at five in the morning, a few yoga exercises and other specific activities every day of the week. One of the activities is horse riding training, with the aim of taking on lessons for children in the near future.

My teacher and his wife, Vassilis and Titika, are very good to me and I have slowly started to get familiar with horses and especially with riding them. Now I only train with Nara, but at some point I will train with the rest of the horses so they can get used to them and train them too. Nara is an excellent horse with a very good character. Many times I notice her on other people who come for lessons or even on me that she looks out for the riders. That is, she understands if they are not experienced and watches her steps. She is very sweet and calm in our cooperation.

As for the benefits of horse riding I have spoken again in another article of mine. It is a very good sport that exercises all muscle groups and helps to improve body posture, while at the same time improving mental health, through the relationship that develops with the horse. If you find yourself in Stemnitsa, don’t hesitate to ask about the horse stable located here.

At the same time, I deal with many other things related to the school of silversmithing. But I will tell you about them in the next article.

Until then I hope the weather has improved and I can enjoy the flowers that have bloomed in the meadows.

Have a nice weekend!

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