My Expat Experiences

My Expat Experiences

Cultural idiosyncrasies I notice as a TEFL teacher

I wrote a post here about how to get into TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language).  What I neglected to mention was how TEFL can teach you so much about a culture and...

TEFL advice

Whilst writing my blog, I have found many people asking about how to get involved in TEFL work, so this post will hopefully enlighten you all a little more. You'll have seen from my profile...

Plane Psychology

I had the unfortunate experience of being stuck in the ferry strike whilst on Crete over the 2012 Easter holidays (Western Easter), so I had to return to Athens by plane. Actually, it wasn't sooooo...

“F” is for Farmer’s Market

Moving away from mythology for a while now and looking at local happenings in Athens:Referred to as ‘laiki,’ these weekly Farmer's Markets come to a neighbourhood near you on a set day of the week. ...

It’s the little things…

...that make me love this country.  For example: I went to the Post Office today to pay an electricity bill.  They have one of those special machine thingys that you can put the bill...

Socrates

He sits there, staring at me.  I narrow my eyes at him, he narrows them back.  Oh good!  We're off to a good footing then. Contrary to popular belief, the narrowing of eyes is not...

Seven things to love about Greece and Greeks

(Actually, the list's grown now as I keep remembering things to add at odd moments, ie;  three o'clock in the morning - that type of thing.  But I'll keep the title the same). Someone was...

Why we love/hate Greece in equal measures

I had written a post back in November 2011, looking at the juxtaposition/bipolarness of Greece.  We all love and hate her in equal measures.  My friend today had a frustrating example of why we hate...

The Grass is always greener…not in my case!

A couple of posts ago, I was claiming how I couldn't wait to return 'home.'  I cited bad grey weather in the UK over Christmas - not only that, but rain too. Well, sometimes there's...

What is it about the sea?

I've been debating which of my blogs to write this - and decided here is best.  Yes, it does involve Greece, but is a general topic so I thought I'd share it with my...

How I became ‘Greek’ without actually being ‘Greek’

Was it when I hailed a taxi driver from across a busy street and he yelled at me "Pou?" and I knew he was asking me "Where ?" as opposed so "Pooo!  You smell like...

“Those of us who wander…”

"...are not necessarily lost."  I really like this saying.  A friend of mine told me about it today. It got me thinking:  I am (currently) in the EFL industry (English as a Foreign Language).  For...

What IS it about Greece?

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately (and my head hurts) - I am in a state of flux at the moment: How I am living in my late 30's vs  How I...

My favourite Greek saying

I dropped a watermelon on an old man's foot this morning when in AB, the local supermarket (pronounced Alpha Vita).  By accident you understand."Signomi!" I fuss over him ("Excuse me!")"Den pirazi" he replies ("Never mind")I had...

Athens vs London

The translation reads "Revolution first and always" Here's a thought:  Maybe now, people won't be so quick to judge the Greeks as being barbarians after recent events in London eh? Take a look at these two YouTube...

Levadia, Viottia. My first experience of Greece

It struck me that I've been writing this blog for about a year now and followers will have gleaned that I am based in Greece, after having left Cairo.  But, I never mentioned my first 'port...

Getting involved with charity work abroad

As most of you know by now, I was looking after a small cat named Linguine.  You will also know that I live in Athens, Greece and if any of you are familiar with...

WELCOME TO GREECE!!

Ahhhh beautiful Greece......beautiful coastlines...But then comes...the standoffs...Still, at least I get to walk down an empty road (I was actually moved on after taking this pic - by a gasmasked policeman)and lest we forget...

Post being nicked and hand gestures in Greece

Ok - let's take this bit by bit.So, the other day a book arrived for me from Amazon.  It was left in the hallway of my building, on the desk with all the other post. ...

Linguini the rescue cat – Greece

A while back I shared a post here about moving into my new apartment and feeding stray cats in Parliament Gardens.  I mentioned I'd be getting my very first foster cat, on behalf of...