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Somehow, I am under the impression, when I was in Greece, that not much has changed in the way how Greeks are living from the way they used to live. Has Greece changed much over the past two decades?

 

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Yes, Greece has changed a lot since the 1960's. Those are not typical photos of the 60's either. Those are photos of the Greek countryside in the '60s. Life in the big cities was much different even back then.

 

I left from Greece to live permanently in Canada in 1997 and I've been going back almost every summer since. I've seen pretty big changes over these past 20+ years in many areas. From lifestyle to everything else. So much so that whenever I go back now people can tell right away that I'm not a "local". But that's normal. Greece moves forward and most of us who move away, no matter how often we go back to visit, we still "live" in the past. Greece in my mind is stuck in the late '90s, the time I left. No matter how often I visit that's the Greece I know and "understand".

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The youth started becoming more Americanized since the 50's. This is not something new. Especially after the 80's most kids in big cities in Greece started living a similar lifestyle to their counterparts in Europe and the US.

I remember that when I moved to Canada in '97 (I was in my early 20's at the time) I found that most of the people I started hanging out with (Canadians, Americans, other Europeans etc.) had very similar upbringing and experiences as I did. 

 

In talking with them I realized that we would listen to the same songs, watch the same movies and more or less do similar things growing up as kids no matter if we grew up in Toronto, Athens, Berlin, Paris or anywhere else in Europe or North America. Of course it goes without saying that growing up in Greece we had much less as compared to kids in the US/Canada and western Europe, but overall the "experiences" were the same or very similar.

 

This is globalization. You take a kid who grew up in Athens, you throw them in Toronto or New York or whatever other big city and they will eventually, in relatively short time, be assimilated. I think that this mostly started happening after the 80's.

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