Lifestyle and culture

Lifestyle and culture

Caring for the animals of Athens

Followers of my site will know that I occasionally become involved in animal charity work, especially if it's to do with cats as I adore my cat Felicity. Saturday 15th March 2014 saw me attending...

A journey on behalf of “The Journey”

Busy day for Bex today in Athens!  Yes, the release of (some) of the posters for The Journey CrowdFunding event to be hosted in Athens were released and off I trotted to distribute around...

Hair, Make-up & photoshoot in Athens

What fun times can be had when you live in such an eclectic city such as Athens, Greece! (And when you utilise Facebook properly).  Let me explain: I belong to a Closed FB group for...

The Pied Piper of Panormou, Athens

I had a lovely experience yesterday, similar to what happened to my father when he became lost in Athens last year. So, a friend and I were trying to find a local taverna to eat...

An evening with the Dora Stratou Dance Company

I had a lovely weekend. On Sunday 26th May I was invited by a friend who was performing in a dance for the Dora Stratou Dance Company. Who are Dora Stratou? The Dora Stratou Dance Theatre...

Street Art – An Alternative Tour of Athens

Today, the Alternative Tours of Athens 'took over' Aischylou Street, a rather degraded street in the heart of Psiri, and added their own colourful touch. Who are the Alternative Tours? Their Facebook page describes them...

The Meet Market & Gazi- Athens

No, that's not a spelling mistake.  Every month, small stall holders and healthy food outlets get together over a weekend to display and sell their wares.  Located somewhere different every month, this month it...

An ‘On the Road’ Reading Moment

Have you ever read a memorable book, made all the more memorable because of where you were when reading it? For me, that book was “Island” by Aldous Huxley whilst on the island of Raratonga...

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...

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...

Spontaneity – or plan, plan, plan when you travel?

I've lived in Greece now for nearly 4 years.  Obviously it comes with its frustrations, but I love it overall (otherwise why would I choose to stay?).   One thing I love about this country...

101 years of the Greek periptero/kiosk

Do you remember my post about the little old man who played his clarinet in his periptero in my neighbourhood?  Have a read of it, it's a lovely story. Well, apparently this year marks the...

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...

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...

Lost (and rescued) in Athens

My elderly dad came to visit me in Athens.  I was so chuffed in the lead up to dad's arrival, yet managed to remain realistic as well, because more often than not, after about...

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...

Z is for Zontania

This is a lovely, albeit short post to finish The A - Z 2012 Challenge with: Zontania has such a lovely meaning. It is an expression for 'love of life' in Greek.  It's a life...

W is for no W in the Greek alphabet

The Greek alphabet, consisting of 24 letters and is thought to have come about into existence in the 8th or 9th Century BC. Greek symbols are also used in computer programming. You see? We have...

U is for Ulysses

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