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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The light is returning

Sometimes it’s nice to wake up much earlier than normal and start your day with a refreshing bath. That’s what happened yesterday morning, but in addition to the enjoyable bath, something else happened. When I opened the window to let air into the bathroom, I saw a very tender image a few meters away from my house. Two birds were sitting almost in each other’s arms and gazing at the landscape as the first light of the day revealed the mountain.

Of course I immediately went out to observe them better. They must have been parents because there was a nest right next to them, but I’m not entirely sure. The whole moment was frozen, a bit hazy with some pink and peachy lights diffused in a few places. These winter mornings with the fog in layers and the fir mountain in the background are the best here in Mainalo.


Now the days are noticeably longer. It gets dark a little later and in the morning the sun makes its appearance earlier. The light is slowly returning and we are moving into a brighter period! I am glad that the darkest days are over and now a new road ahead is opening.

I stood there taking a few pictures until one flew away. They discussed something with each other while croaking and then the second one opened its wings and disappeared as well. I also entered the house and started my day with all the obligations, which were not few!

I mostly wanted to say good morning to everyone! I hope you also see something beautiful when you start your day. Have a beautiful Thursday!!

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