It takes an hour and a half to cross the Medeterranean by air. But to do so is to cross into another world. One of the biggest culture shocks of crossing from the Middle East to Western Europe was the sudden cleanliness in the streets. Athens in the middle of the night is such a clean and well-lit place!
Then I sighted a glossy, sleek structure on the street corner like a tiny rectangular building with no doors. It was a recycling kiosk. You just drop your waste in and its compartments allow for several different types of waste and provide a few euro cents in return. A beautiful innovation.