The Athens airport

When I arrived at the Athens airport, I showed them my Greek visa, which was on page four of my passport. But they had to examine all the other pages as well. Then they asked me why I went to so many places.

Next they said, “How much money do you have? You have to show us.”

My bag with most of my money was with Projjwal, so I simply emptied both of my pockets. Inside was all German currency.

They said, “Why do you have German money?”

I said, “Look at my ticket. I am coming from Munich.”

They said, “No, you have to have American dollars!”

Then they called up another officer. Such a waste of time! For about half an hour they were harassing me.

— 8 October 1988