She has had to move back to the States (she’d MUCH rather be living in Greece though). To send her children to school in the States, she needs the ORIGINAL record of their school marks from their school (a private English school, I might add) in Athens. They had sent a copy in the summer, but with no name of the school, no school stamp and not even with her child’s name on the piece of paper (i.e. this could be ANYONE!). In frustration, my friend says the following (I quote from her).
” I said to her angrily that they would laugh at me if I do this, especially coming from Greece! She goes on saying that she takes offence to this and that I better not talk SHIT about Greece. Yes, she actually said SHIT!!”
My friend has a point: if you sent any office in Greece just a blank piece of paper with a list of grades on it with no headed paper, no stamp of the school and above all, no name of the actual student – they WOULD laugh at you.
This lady got defensive about my friend seemingly talking SHIT about Greece.
Herein lies the problem: GREECE is not the problem, it’s (some – I hasten to add before I am lynched) Greeks.
Peter Economides gave a very insightful talk on Sunday 15th Jan about ‘Rebranding Greece’ – here is the version he gave in Thessaloniki in November 2011
The crux of it is – Greece already HAS everything…the sunsets, the view of the Acropolis (I never tire of walking to catch my bus on the way to work, lifting my eyes just fractionally and seeing the Parthenon at the bottom of the main road), the warmth and hospitality of her people – but it is people AS A WHOLE, the SYSTEM that needs to change.
HOW though? Let’s see if we can bring Greece out of her slumber and her people to the forefront of Europe – not talked about for the wrong reasons.