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Lifestyle and culture

Lifestyle and culture

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...

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...

Five Minute Friday – Dance, Greek style.

I was given five minutes to talk about Dance. Write for five minutes, no editing, uninterrupted on this topic...OK... GO! You’ll all know that I live in Athens.  Greece is a beautiful country and the Greeks know...

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...

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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T is for Tavli

I think you’ll understand that I love this country, feel very passionate about it and get defensive on Greece's behalf, despite the fact I’m English. One of the ongoing threads running through my posts has...

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...

O is for Oedipus

In a previous post I talked about Eros and all the problems he had with looking so beautiful. It also addressed issues surrounding his mother with his girlfriend, later wife, Psyche.  As I mentioned in that...

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...
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