|jacked from Hannah Wayte|
It all started with her love for maps.
Ever since her big brother started darting his journeys on a globe, Athena knew she wanted to travel. Through her adolescence, she spent summer breaks visiting her yiayia (grandma) in Greece and road tripped through Europe with her uncle, Terry. She migrated North from her hometown, Evanston, IL and attended Michigan State University to study Education and theories around the globe. She used studying abroad as a vessel to experience different parts of the world, and with her camera in tow, she completed short and long-term programs in Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Brasil, South Africa, Greece, and Spain. After college, she taught 2nd grade in Honduras and travelled through Central America. Later, she founded an after-school arts & environment program and managed a surf Eco-lodge in Nicargua with her South African husband, Chris. In 2008, they returned to South Africa to begin a new adventure, where her passion for food, film, language and nature collided in the city of Cape Town.