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A few weeks ago, I gathered some friends together at my place.  We had intended to make it a ‘games night’ – a throwback to our youth when we used to get together every week and play ping pong and board games in my parents’ basement  That weekend was a long weekend, so the Sunday evening get-together was a good opportunity to meet on what would ordinarily be a school night. Read the rest of this entry »



Last weekend, my aunt and uncle decided to open their home to some business colleagues of their lodger.  The lodger, A, is a young man around 30 who works for a Japanese bank.  He thought it would be nice to have a barbeque in a relaxed setting, and have his team over.  He sold it to them as an opportunity for my aunt’s family to make business connections with Japanese bankers.  They are nice people, very hospitable and friendly, and agreed to have the barbeque at their lovely home.  After all, they are in possession of a large and very beautiful garden, so space wasn’t an issue.  The event quickly escalated from an intimate BBQ to 50-60 people.  By the time our family gets together, we are 35.  Add to that another 20 or so Japanese, Korean and other assorted nationalities, and there you go, 60 people.  Because of the relaxed nature of the event, everyone was going to bring something. Read the rest of this entry »

I am leaving Athens tomorrow, after a week spent reminding myself of all the good things that this city has to offer. For me primarily, it is an abundance of good friends and family whom I do not see regularly enough. However this week, it has also been the weather. When I was packing, I asked my mum what the weather was like. Read the rest of this entry »

I flew to Athens yesterday which brought to mind another flight to the same destination. I had decided to move to Greece about 5 years ago to see if I could become a ‘real Greek’ after being born and raised in the UK. Greek Greeks have a natural dislike and mistrust of Greeks who live and work abroad, but in particular, London Greeks are viewed with extra suspicion. I can only imagine it is because they don’t understand why people would voluntarily live outside of the motherland. Read the rest of this entry »


In many cultures being single is frowned upon so much that women and men are simply not given the opportunity to remain so.  They are found partners and told to either find love as they go along, or just fulfil their obligations to society by procreating and raising the next generation of unhappy couples.  In my culture, single women are also frowned upon, but – fortunately for me – not forced to marry.  Read the rest of this entry »

This weekend was a long weekend.   Easter weekend and so we had (Good) Friday off and also Monday off.  What to do for four whole days?  Should we follow most of the country and leave for sunnier climes?  After all, what has seemed like a particularly harsh winter has now morphed into a never-ending one.  Read the rest of this entry »

Amongst other things, I work for a Greek charity as a fundraiser.  There are seven women on the fundraising committee and we organise one event each year, a dinner dance to raise money for the charity. Read the rest of this entry »

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