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Apokries – the Fun Bits and the Why Not Bits

Apokries – the Fun Bits and the Why Not Bits

Posted by on Mar 19, 2018 in Learning to be Greek

I named one of my Facebook pages Learning to be Greek because a lot of Greek culture and traditions are still a mystery to me. A fine example is Apokries. The first time my husband told me about Apokries was when we came across people dressing up in costumes on the street, when we first […]

Meteora – Nice and Easy Perfect Journey

Meteora – Nice and Easy Perfect Journey

Posted by on Mar 10, 2018 in Do it yourself, Learning to be Greek

(Please scroll down if you just want some information for your Meteora visit.) After Agent Q* booked her tickets to Greece, we had to decide where we would go for her three-week holidays. I was hoping to do the bare minimum in Athens and then keep her in Crete where I’m currently living so that […]

Perfect Attendance

Perfect Attendance

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 in Learning to be Greek, Random Thoughts

Today I went to yoga class with a heavy heart. I’ve been going to the same yoga class every Tuesday and Friday morning and I love it. The teacher is nice and so are my classmates. It is more than an exercise class for me. It’s like a social gathering with people who share my […]

Santorini – What to Expect

Santorini – What to Expect

Posted by on Nov 24, 2017 in Learning to be Greek

Why Santorini? So you’ve seen pictures of a little island with white houses on the cliff edge and a three blue domed church. You’ve read that this island is one of the best and most romantic places to watch the sunset. Santorini is mentioned in the media so often that without researching any of the […]

Sitia Σητεία (Eastern Crete) – Lukewarm Heaven!

Sitia Σητεία (Eastern Crete) – Lukewarm Heaven!

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in Learning to be Greek

As the subtle charm of Sitia finally seeped through me, a line from a Talking Heads song came to mind – Heaven is a place where nothing ever happens. From Expectations to Confusions I arrived at Sitia with high expectations. The articles I read online all talked about Sitia people being the kindest and most […]

Φακές Σούπα– Greek and Strong Lentil Soup

Φακές Σούπα– Greek and Strong Lentil Soup

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Learning to be Greek, Recipes

Φακές (FaKEs) means lentils and σούπα (SOUpah) means soup. Lentil soup is a very traditional dish and my husband thinks it makes him strong! My husband likes to refer to the soup by saying φακές but I’m not sure if it’s a Greek thing or just his thing. I love making lentil soup because it […]

Richtis Gorge Φαράγγι του Ρίχτη (Eastern Crete) – Easy???

Richtis Gorge Φαράγγι του Ρίχτη (Eastern Crete) – Easy???

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Learning to be Greek

My friend Agent Q and I decided to walk the Richtis Gorge trail during her recent holidays in Greece because we wanted to visit the waterfall. We read up some online information as well as reviews in order to prepare ourselves. We got quite confused by what we read, particularly because this trail is considered […]

Psarantonis and a little boy

Psarantonis and a little boy

  Here in Crete people are really as hospitable as we heard. One invitation lead to another, we found ourselves in the village of Gegeri for their event in commemoration of 25 local men who died for protecting their people during the war in 1944 and we got to enjoy a traditional concert featuring a […]

Victoria my neighbourhood – Athens’ hidden treasure!

Victoria my neighbourhood – Athens’ hidden treasure!

Posted by on Aug 4, 2017 in Learning to be Greek

(Please scroll down if you just want to find out some places of interest in Victoria) ‘You can’t live there!’ For many Greek people, Victoria is one of the dodgiest areas in Athens. My husband and I have gone through a lot of mixed feeling for this area from the moment we moved in just […]

The Mountain Men of Mount Parnassos Part 2

The Mountain Men of Mount Parnassos Part 2

When we arrived Aegli Hotel, it wasn’t the beautiful black and white tiles nor the elegant marble table that caught my attention, but the rows and rows of trophies. Before disappearing to his job, my husband pointed out the Olympic torches to me. Olympic torches? I was confused… I followed my husband to this job […]