EXPATS

EXPATS

Expats share their worldwide experiences with guest posts. Here you'll also find Bex's experiences as an expat in Greece

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...

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...

“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...

Another reminder why I love Greece

Yes, odd one this."You're coming with me tonight" intoned my friend.  "I haven't seen you for 2 weeks, we've been holed up working and then this flu thing - and besides, they're from your...

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...

Should I still come to Greece on holiday?

Not coming to Greece on holiday is like saying "I'm not going to go to the U.S. on holiday because I am bound to get shot at" Back in 2012, I read an article by...

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...

Oh how I can’t WAIT to return ‘home’!

Sunset on Santorini - one of the reasons I choose Greece over the UK One might say I am 'home' - the UK.  Well, by birth I am British (or English - WHATEVER).  But I...

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...

Louki the Wonder Cat

Louki came into my life one Sunday morning, about 4 weeks ago via www.ninelivesgreece.comFound in the sea at Loutraki, near Athens - Cordelia of NineLives asked if I would be able to look after...

“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...

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...