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My Expat Experiences

My Expat Experiences

Speed dating in Athens

I was persuaded to go Speed dating by a friend of mine. I'm a Speed dating virgin, so I reluctantly signed up to the event, hosted by the lovely Eleni and Elena of Xpat Athens.  I...

Angela ‘Smerkel’s’ Athens visit

As you all know by now, I am an expat living here in the lovely country of Greece...and I continue to sing Greece's praises and see positive through the negative, despite her issues.  Often I am left...

Language differences, not rudeness

I’d like to talk about the language that leads to cultural differences I've noticed since being in Greece. I was teaching a new class of 5 year olds the other day and a boy piped...

Surviving the Greek Tax Office

In contrast to my delightful visit to a Greek dentist the other day, I had to visit the Tax Office last week.  Anyone who lives in a Mediterranean country and has to deal with the public...

A dental experience in Athens

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The Greek Cat – Hit by Two Cars and Found a Home (with me).

I have a lovely edition to the household: Felicity the cat. Regular followers of my blog will be aware of my work with NineLives, the cat charity here in Athens...hence my love of cats.  Felicity...

Where did all the REAL, GOOD men go?

I mean, where are they?  You know the ones: they'd catch a rabbit, skin and cook it if they had to (we are coming to the end of the world, supposedly, after all).  They...

Cultural differences – hugging & kissing

Who doesn't like a hug & kiss, right?  Well, it appears that there are vast cultural differences when it comes to undertaking these lovely, tactile ways of expressing pleasure or love. Back in 2012, I...

Compassion in Greece

I was travelling to work today on the trolley (the Greek name for the yellow 'buses' that run on electricity) and two things made me smile: 1) An old man gets off the trolley at...

Five Minute Friday – Risk – Life in Greece

Today's topic for Five minute Friday is...Risk.  Write for five minutes, no editing, uninterrupted on this topic...OK... GO People think that I take a risk living my life the way I do.  It's no big deal,...

Balcony life – Athens (or a new version of “Ugly Naked Guy”)

For days now, my friend has been telling me about the fat Greek man in the string vest opposite her apartment.  She wakes up to him being yelled at by his wife and today...

Outdoor cinemas in Greece

Last year, I wrote a post about the outdoor cinema experience in Athens, Greece.  Specifically I wrote about Cine Paris near the Acropolis.  Well, last night I had the delightful opportunity to once again visit...

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...

Riot Dog Athens

Riot Dog has become an Athens Institution. You’ll no doubt have seen negative press about Athens on your news, and witnessed people rioting (*sigh* I stress once again, it is NOT a daily occurrence here...

Quality of Life in Greece

My very first post for the 2012 A-Z Blogging  Challenge was about Athens and why I choose to live here, not just Athens, but Greece. You see, as my "I" post indicated, Greece has been receiving a...

N is for NineLives Greece

As you know, I write about goings on in Greece, so I decided to share a post about charity work in Greece. I like working with ‘rescue’ cats, literally rescued off the streets of Athens by...

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...

“J” is for Just Do It

Sorry to steal Nike’s slogan, but today’s post is about combating your fears and going ahead and ‘just doing it.’ It takes a lot to go out of our comfort zone, to move away from...

“I” is for Ignorance of the International Press

I get quite defensive on behalf of my adopted country.  The International Press – even ‘quality’ broadsheets like the Guardian have gone to town on her ( Greece) and vilified her with reckless abandon. “It’s...
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