Author Archives: anastas568

the young are leaving

Some of you may have noticed the silence here on Athenster. I haven’t posted in a long time because I returned to the US and started graduate school, and I am still trying to decide what to do with the … Continue reading

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beware the psixi

I returned from Prague on Monday (it’s absolutely gorgeous and amazing) with a bit of a cold, which I’m attributing to the change in climate (Athens has been dependably hot; Prague was rainy and the weather kept shifting from cool … Continue reading

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off to prague

I am going to Prague today to visit a friend who just moved there, so I’m taking yet another break from the blog, and a break from the mother country. Back next week, my final week in Athens.

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how to earn $$$ and relieve an economic crisis

Athens is covered in billboards advertising the gambling website casino848.com. One of the billboards shows a guy with a swollen face and a black eye, another shows a man in a Zorro-esque hat. On the boards appear the words “Play … Continue reading

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what greece can learn from barbados

I was listening to the This American Life episode called “Social Contract” a few weeks ago, in which they noted the disparity between the economies of Barbados and Jamaica. Jamaica and Barbados have had similar economic histories, but today Barbados … Continue reading

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all dressed up, but no gas to go

We’re supposed to head out to the Peloponnese tomorrow, but truck drivers are striking, which means they won’t be delivering gas. As I was coming home today, the bus I was on got stuck behind lines of cars waiting to … Continue reading

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greek graffitti–taking back the urban landscape

    Athens is covered in graffiti. When I first moved here, I was shocked at the amount of graffiti everywhere. Even wealthier neighborhoods had a lot of it, though interestingly it never seemed as good as the graffiti in … Continue reading

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some quick thoughts

I would like to quickly mention the murder of Greek journalist Socrates Giolias, not because I have any answers or much to offer on it, but because it’s disturbing and sad. Giolias, a radio journalist and blogger, was murdered at … Continue reading

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the majority of greeks don’t read…so why is the book publishing industry so big?

Out of the five years I lived in Greece and the many summers I traveled there, I have never seen my Greek relatives read. I don’t, for the most part, ever see Greeks read. In fact, out of all my time … Continue reading

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it’s good to be greek

Greeks have been getting a lot of flak lately from the media and, admittedly, from me. I think I’ve always operated under the notion that criticism is more interesting than praise, but that can get boring and predictable. So — since … Continue reading

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