A few weeks ago I asked the people of Instagram to let me know why they love Athens. Here are their responses, which should leave you smiling like a dweeb. (I also took it upon myself to feature some of their photos.) Enjoy.
photos pulled from #exploreathens tag
Cathy Marszalik (@marszalik) I love Athens because it's a city where creativity thrives.
Anna Grace (@annagracelopez) It's the first place I've ever lived where I feel like I belong.
Taylor Solomon (@amanda_taylor) Athens is a haven for creative types and people who want to make a difference! I can't imagine a better place to have grown up.
Lindsey Allen (@scuba_andthesea) I love Athens because of its extremely unique culture. When I moved here, I felt like a whole new world was opened up to me! Music, art, and food thrive creatively in this city. And the people you'll find bustling about Athens are doing crazy cool things such as social justice and advocacy, local development, growing the community, environmental awareness, connecting people to each other in unique ways, celebrating and fostering a culture of diverse ideas and people and places and things...
Jett (@wanderlustjett) I love Athens because of its heartbeat, this pulsing and breathing city full of intention and drive! It's a city full of music and creativity and passion that I've only just discovered and am already in love with.
Caroline Scruggs (@scruggsss1) I love Athens because every time I return it always feels like home. The rush that flows through your veins as you turn on Milledge reminds me why Athens is my true home.
Ersta Ferryanto (@ersta) There is just a perfect balance of enough going on where you have room to grow for your self while being surrounded by so many interesting people and culture.
Laura Jackson (@laurajax13) You can get the feel and vibe of a city, but there is great nature and quiet in any direction. Best of both worlds!
Brandon Waters (@poppinavacado) I love the iconic music scene. So many unique bands have come from Athens.
Scott Duvall (@jawavifilms) I love Athens bc I went to college here, met my wife here and am raising my three kids here. Literally all of my life's greatest moments have happened in this rockin city.
Corwin Weik (@sk8ercorn) I love Athens because no matter what reason you have to hate Athens, there's two more reasons to love Athens right around the corner.
Sierra D. (@daynesierraI) love athens because there is no pressure to be a certain way or do a certain thing. You're free to be whoever you are, do whatever you want.
Goba Boba Tea (@gobabobatea) I love Athens because when I moved here and started my business I had an overwhelming amount of support from the local community. It made my decision to be an Athenian feel like everything was falling into place. It made Athens #my_athens.
Piper Ruhmkorff (@piperruhmkorff) I love Athens because everyone can find their niche in the countless vibrant communities here.
Kyle Kirk @coachkkirk7 The food! Best restaurants in America!!!
Priya Patel (@preebss) I love Athens because of its community spirit, the amazing food, and how everytime I turn around, there's another creative genius standing in front of me. :)
Meghan Lee (@meglivlee) I love Athens becuase you just feel at home whenever you're here.
Skate Park of Athens (@skate_spoa) Great under-the-radar skateboarding scene. Athens has the potential to be one of the great skate spots if the community gets behind skating and supports the scene.
Laura L (@l4ur4_l) I love Athens because no matter how much I explore it there are always new places and people to discover. It never fails to surprise me with its charming nooks and crannies.