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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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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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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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what’s the deal with greece’s blondes anyway?

As my friends and family have observed many times, Greek women are dying their hair blonde in ever-increasing numbers. I wish I could find statistics on it. The best evidence I can come up with is assessing the number of … Continue reading

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the city beneath pt. 2

Athens’ perception of itself (and Greece’s by association) is reflected in its public train system. The more I thought about the ruins in the Monastiraki station the more I realized I was fascinated with the whole train system overall. On … Continue reading

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star hellas vs. miss usa

It might seem like a useless endeavor to compare beauty pageants (it seems equivalent to comparing two evils of the same brand), but I couldn’t help thinking that Greece’s longest running beauty pageant – Star Hellas – is somehow more abrasive … Continue reading

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mother seeks bride for son

I arrived in Athens yesterday, after a relatively smooth flight on British Airways with a stop in London, and I am already finding fodder for this blog. My family told me that there is a reality show in Greece called A … Continue reading

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