In the summer of 2015, the Greek people were called upon to vote in a surreal referendum: voting YES meant we wanted to stay in Europe, and voting NO—actually, as it turned out, it meant exactly the same. NO won out, we stayed in Europe under steadily worsening terms, and we entered a harsh and unending crisis.
During those sweaty summer months when we were glued to the TV, trying to fathom what was going on, all my foreign friends kept calling for news. Tired of repeating myself ad nauseam, I came up with the idea of starting a blog.
This turned into more than I had expected: I acquired a following, and decided to feature the positive side of Greece, as well as the depressing news. In much of the press, Geeks were being presented as a lot of lazy tax-cheaters, and I wanted to show a differed view. It was not meant to be a political, historical, or even factual blog. Those interested in facts can find most Greek papers online in English. My blog aimed to be a collection of vignettes, snippets of life, seen through the eyes of a Greek. I felt inspired to comment on what I, and the people around me, were going through—from my own, probably biased, particular point of view. Things I see, stories I hear, bits I read in the paper. The good, the bad, and the just plain funny. Through writing, drawing and painting, I’ve been attempting to produce a personal chronicle of these troubled and contradictory times.
A few years later, the crisis continues, and I cannot keep going on and on about the financial problems and the refugee issue. So I decided to branch out into other things that interest me, such as art, while continuing to report on the latest Greek developments.
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