Ari, when you don't want to carry a heavy tripod (and you don't have the money to buy a carbon fiber one) you can always get a wooden one. Berlebach is the one you'll find in Athens (if you ever travel this far) and I know that Hippocrates Farasopoulos still has one or two in stock. Bargain the price (tell him you're my friend, it'll help) and get one while they're still there.
I got a tripod and a monopod for the price of one.
Still, if you decide to sell a kidney and get some extra cash then you'll be able to buy the Manfrotto carbon fiber...