Elena: Is the engine running? I can hardly hear anything. Orestis: It sure is – take it away!
On Syngrou Avenue, Elena presses her foot down on the accelerator. She is careful at first, but after just a few seconds begins accelerating at speed, quickly hitting the 80 km/h speed limit and taking the curves at quite a pace.
Elena: Woohooo! Orestis: Not so fast, Elena! Elena: Incredible. You can’t hear the wind at all.
Orestis grabs at the armrest with his right hand for something to hold on to. He is laughing, albeit somewhat uneasily.
Elena: It’s OK, boss, don’t you worry!
Only when Elena begins to slow down does Orestis’ tension subside. The A-Class turns on to Poseidonos Avenue, which stretches along the coast to Kap Sounion and through the seaside towns of Glyfada and Vouliagmeni. There are countless cafes to stop at along this road, but Orestis and Elena wind down their windows and drive on in silence. An integrated smartphone belonging to one of the two plays an electro-pop version of a Mikis Theodorakis song through the car’s speakers. In the rearview mirror, the old city of Athens recedes into the distance.