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My Expat Experiences

My Expat Experiences

There’s something about flowers…

Kontogiannis Flower shopI had the best end to a day today.  Having been to work and receiving disappointing news about my salary (I live in Greece, remember) - I was walking past the Parliament building when...

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...

Where do you think you are – Beverly Hills??

Just a quick one - it might brighten some one's day (it did mine, and the security guard who witnessed it).So, I am leaving work last night - I work in quite a rich part...

Another Ninelives rescue

It was Thursday morning when my mobile rang at 10:30am."Oh good!  You're awake!" trills Cordelia, founder of Nine Lives (see previous posts).I sigh good naturedly inwardly as I was expecting her at 11am with...

I love the things that happen to me here (sometimes):

Oh I LOVE this country sometimes! Situation:Me in Lidl, only 4 items.Old man behind me, whole trolley load.Old man in front of me, 10 items.The man with the trolley taps the old man in...

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...

Old Greek lady hits me on the head with an umbrella

Yes, that's right - it really happened. As regular followers of my blog will know, the 'anarchy' that is Greece means regular public transport strikes these days running up to Christmas. And getting to work is...

Birthday celebtation, riot in Athens on my birthday

Ok, as you can see it's been a really full week this week!So, the bad stuff first:  There've been a serious of 24 hr strikes on Public Transport this week and also yesterday (15DEC...

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. ...

“You married?” ‘No’ “Why not”

I was quite happily purchasing a light bulb from my local electrical store (not really significant to the story, but never mind - a bit of detail always helps to add atmosphere).Old(ish) woman in shop:  "You're...

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...
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