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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Finding the winter rhythm (?)

Hello my friends.


Everyday life here is starting to flow and we are heading towards winter. Trying to find my winter rhythm again. But there are so many things I want and need to fit into the day and I still struggle to find the right time for everything. This year I want to do both photography and video making, but even more jewelry making and painting. At the same time I have to exercise and do some physical therapy exercises for the back. And there are more… Several things that when it gets dark and I start to get sleepy I realize that I didn’t have time to do them. I imagine many of you have felt something similar. I try to make a schedule, but for quite some time certain activities absorbed me more than others, which took a back seat.

As if this personal difficulty of mine was not enough, yesterday we were suddenly informed that there will be changes in the school of silversmithing, mainly in the management and perhaps also in the teaching staff. It is a bit confusing situation, we are all waiting for the arrival of the new director with the new week and slowly we will find out how things will develop. Yesterday the small community of the school was somewhat shocked, as within a moment and where we said that we had energetically started the lessons, everything was turned upside down. Now is one of those times when you just wait and can’t do anything.

Even though many of us were upset, something very beautiful happened. Despite the cold, we sat down students and professors to drink in the square of Stemnitsa. This was a long time coming. We became a big group and talked until late. Yesterday I felt grateful for the fact that I am here and have met so many beautiful people. Gratitude for the fact that this school exists, here in the forest in this fairytale village. When something unexpected happens in our life, it comes to remind us of the value of what we have.

Days like this, when I feel there are enough burdens and worries, I go for a walk without destination, with the camera and the tripod. With instinct stretched I head where I feel comfortable going and hang out with the most loyal friend. Nature. A short walk through the narrows of Stemnitsa, which ends just outside it among the trees and bushes. Until I get to the point where something looks interesting and then I stand and photograph.

I walk the cobbled streets and look at the courtyards of houses that have begun to deteriorate. This moment of solitude, among the plants and ruins of another era, offers a sweet peace. A lot of times I don’t even need to have music on headphones with me because it will ruin it. It’s nice with nature sounds. The rustle of the breeze, the leaves crunching under my shoes, a bird passing over the village…

Finally, in this period I feel as if the adaptation phase has been prolonged for me. I’m still trying to get my groove on I thought I was about to screw up with this one. But for some reason I like it. In these moments when things suddenly change, you feel that you are indeed alive. Life is unpredictable anyway, we just take things for granted. All crises and upheavals should be wake-up calls for us, waking us up from the lethargy in which we are, and in which we think that tomorrow will be certain. We have no idea what tomorrow will be like. And it’s good to start saying thank you from today for what we have. That’s how I see it. What do you say?


I will update you in a few days.

Thank you so much for visiting the blog again.


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