Every new skate hot spot is labeled the “new Barcelona.” What are you gonna do? Right now Athens, Greece and Mexico City have stolen the title from various cities in China. Quartersnacks investigates the hows and the whys. Better book that ticket for next winter quick before all the spots are blown.

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Its troubles are not all economic. Greece has shouldered a lot of the Syrian refugee crisis, and actual neo-Nazis became one of its influential political parties. We’re obviously here to talk about skateboarding, but it is impossible to spend time in Athens without these topics coming up in conversation, because they continue to affect people’s lives each day. Even in the Parts Unknown episode about the Greek Islands, Bourdain says he “doesn’t want to talk about the crisis” in the first five minutes. He then continues to discuss it with everyone he interviews.

(And this is not to say that all is bad. Many mentioned that their schools are great and sought-after within the E.U. Everyone is bilingual and friendly. The food. Oh, and the country’s life expectancy is higher than America’s.)

So it’s cheap — accommodations can be less than $40/a night, and the best chicken wrap you’ve ever had costs €1.50 — skaters love that. But more imperative to its allure as a skate trip destination is the fact that it is maybe the most lawless place any of us had ever been to. Not “lawless” in an unsafe way; they’re just very “yeah, we don’t care what you do as long as you’re not hurting anybody” about everything, which is an ideal atmosphere for skateboarding to flourish.

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