Welcome

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Hello, and welcome to my blog about life and times in Greece.

Living in Greece nowadays necessitates a good dose of humor and a sprinkling of schizophrenia. Many lapse in despair; but Greeks do survival well and never fail to see the funny side of things. Every disaster is followed by a spate of jokes that sprout, overnight, like mushrooms.

One oldie, highlighting the problems of Greeks failing to agree on things political, is the following:

‘What happens when two Greeks get together?’

‘Three political parties.’

This, however, is not meant to be a political, historical, or even factual blog. Those interested in facts can find most Greek papers online in English. This aims to be a collection of vignettes, snippets of life, seen through the eyes of a Greek.

If you are a visitor in a country, or even an expat living there, however implicated or committed, however unable to leave because of a spouse, or work, or the elderly mother-in-law, your perspective is not quite the same. When the locals complain about things, you always tend to feel a tiny bit smug: after all, it’s not really your problem, is it?

But Greece is my problem: my home, my roots, my history. So I felt inspired to comment on what I, and the people around me, are going through – from my own, 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.

18 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. First of all I would like to say, that the blog you started is more than great. It really gives a great view how things are “operating” here in Greece. I agree completely with you …and I think many people around the world too.

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  2. I can attest to the Greek sense of humour. Growing up in Melbourne Australia our city had the largest Greek population outside of Athens. I went to school with many Greek immigrants whose ‘curious’ customs (to an insular young Anglo Saxon girl) were eclipsed by their fun side.

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  3. I have been fascinated by Greece since reading a children’s (abridged) version of “The Odyssey” in the school library over 30 years ago. I have Robert Graves “Greek Myths” on my bookshelves which affords me tremendous pleasure. Kevin

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