The consequences of prolonged fiscal austerity have left people in Trikala, central Greece,
with feelings of intense temporal vertigo: confusion and anxiety about where and when
they belong in overarching timelines of pasts and futures. Some people report feeling
‘thrown back in time’ to past eras of poverty and suffering, while others discuss their
experiences of the current crisis situation as reliving multiple moments of the past
assembled in the present. This article analyses how locals understand their complex
experiences of time and temporality, and promotes the accommodation of messy
narratives of time that can otherwise leave the researcher feeling sea-sick.