Name: Petros Parthenis
What city and country do you live in?: Athens, Greece
From: I was born in Athens and grew up in Thiva, a small city close to Athens.
Occupation: I run projects in sports tourism that range from free swims, runs and hikes for everyone year-round in Athens Riviera to being a race presenter for big multisport events. I organize swimming tours around Athens and Greece and am a manager and mentor for ultra athletes (swimming and running). I am the founder of the WeSwim Project .
Tell us your first three jobs (ever!): Ha ! My first 3 jobs: farmer, bartender and sports journalist.
I still love those 3 jobs!
Zodiac sign?: Cancer
What do you love about Greece: Greece is a place where you can sense the west & east 100%.
It’s both traditional & modern, and people still have the love of strangers (Philoxenia), which I think is very rare and nice. It’s pure gold when we talk about climate and the simplicity of gastronomy. I am a great fan of wine, and I think Greek wine is starting to get recognized for its quality (try Assyrtiko and Xinomavro wines and you taste Greece in a glass). I love the fact that you can swim year-round in beautiful and clean water, even very close to Athens city center.
So, what’s not to love about Greece?
Tell us something most people don’t know about you: I am a rare vinyl collector, and I used to travel the world with my bicycle, running marathons & Ironmans for the fun of the travel. Now I run four marathons a year for charity and to inspire other people to take a risk in their lives. I see life as a journey, never as a purpose. For the last 25 years of my life, I swim every single day, and I inspire people to do the same. I have never had a car in my life, and I am not planning to get one. I think that’s it. 🙂
Where we are most likely to find you in Lynn’s Kundalini Yoga: You can find me at the Beach Akti Vouliagmeni every single Sunday to inspire you to swim open water. Soon at Www.weswim.gr , till then try weswimgreece (Instagram) & Weswim (Fb Page) for our events.
Tell us your top tip to combat climate change: I am Greece’s National Geographic Ambassador for the plastic-free beaches campaign. My motto is: Try to get rid of your narcissism and omnipotence and quit plastic. It’s that simple!