Greece, the sick prodigal child that should have never joined the European Monentary Union, has gone through quite a rough patch in recent years. We could banter all day about its graying history through the yellow lenses of austerity, or we could just let pictures do the talking.
Looking back, it has not been as picturesque as it is artistic.
We are penning this a few hours before Greece becomes the first ever European nation to default on a payment due to the IMF.
It is also during a period of time when Greek banks will be closed for an entire week at length, and when the stock market in Athens will remain shut alongside its banks - all these have never happened before in all of Greece's legendary past.
However much we disagree with the current Greek government's approach to a crisis that has gone unabated since 2009, we strongly sympathize with the average Greek. This week comes almost as a nightmare for ordinary Greeks, a week which will probably be protected in the most excruciatingly slow manner.
The scale of hardship that confronts its citizenry is hard to understate. Haunting as it is, most would find it hard to remain jingoistic to the Greek heritage that had served the populace exceedingly well before the euro was introduced.
Imagine having practically no access to the money in your bank account; banks have their shutters down for the week, and cash machines only dispense €60 at best, assuming you could even find one that has some left in it. Imagine also walking into any supermarket or provision shop to find the shelves cleared of everything.
Scenes that would normally be synonymous with a country in their darkest times, is now playing in full technicolor in Greek theaters.
As a cynic would opine, "it's just that the chickens have come home to roost, " and we would add by questioning if Greece has brought it upon themselves. The writing on the wall suggests so, but we shall stick to telling the story in pictures.
Will there ever be a happy ending to this sequel? Only time will tell.