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  1. What kind of things would you want to see retained as part of our heritage? I live in Canada.
  2. Things change, and people change. Our way of life has changed too over the years. Don't expect Greeks (or Cypriots) of today to lead the same life as their parents and grandparents.
  3. Most muslim families have many kids (more than 2 for sure...), while most Greeks (and most Europeans for that matter) have much smaller families (1 or 2 kids). If this trend continues then you're right, in a few years we'll be overcome by hordes of muslims
  4. admin

    Help please

    Sure, what do you need?
  5. Εισαι Ελλαδα? Ειναι πραγματι για γελια αυτες οι χρεωσεις. Ο πατερας μου κι η μανα μου εχουν ενα εξοχικο το οποιο ειναι ερειπιο πλεον αφου δε παει κανεις εκει εδω και καμμια 20ετια. Μιας και δεν παει κανεις η καταναλωση νερου και ρευματος ειναι μηδεν, κι ομως καθε τριμηνο πρεπει να πληρωνουν μερικες εκατονταδες ευρω για ολα αυτα τα "διαφορα" που βλεπεις στο λογαριασμο σου. Για γελια και για κλαμματα μαζι. Δε βλεπω ομως να αλλαζει η κατασταση. Νομιζεις οτι θα τολμησει ποτε καποιος πολιτικος να τα βαλει με το δημοσιο? Ποτε!
  6. Good luck with that! By the way, Greece just received another bailout package. Thank you EU!
  7. is this a real minister saying stupid things like this, or is this some comedian pretending to be a minister?
  8. This is platia Omonias in the center of Athens in the '70s. I still remember it this way (it looked about the same in the 70s and 80s). You don't dare walk around in that area today. This is Monastiraki - most likely in the 70s from what I can tell from the hairstyles in the photo Many many people I know in Greece have fond memories of these times. If someone like Trump would show up in Greece and say "make Greece great again" and talk about the "good old times" he would easily get a 40% of the vote. Easy.
  9. I guess you're right. Life in Greece is never going to be the same again. Things change, and Greeks have to get on with the times. However, this seems to be a common theme around the world these days where many people want to go back in time and live as if it's the 50s, the 60s the 70s or the 80s. It's not going to happen.
  10. The Syriza regime (and those who broke away to create LAE) have nothing to do with the left. They're in a league of their own. They live and operate in some kind of a parallel universe.
  11. That's what I'm seeing too. There's a big discrepancy between what's on "paper" and what happens in real life. I think that people in big cities, especially Athens, are hit way harder by the crisis. As you said, prime retail locations all over Athens and Piraeus are vacant and have been vacant for at least 2-3 years already. The current regime...err government...has brought the retail sector to its knees. Who knows how long it's going to take before life as we knew it before the crisis is restored.
  12. Where did you read that the economy is doing better? I think the situation in Greece is pretty much the same over the past couple of years, which shows that there's no real progress towards the right direction. As you said though, the people are great wherever you go, which shows that tough situations bring out the best in people.
  13. admin

    Hey Imho

    We missed you too Patrick.
  14. After years of delays, the Greek capital’s first modern Muslim house of worship is slated for completion by the end of April, as work at the site has gotten back on track. The tender for the 887,000-euros project, financed through the Public Investment Program, was signed with a consortium of Greece’s four biggest construction firms on October 10. Work, however, did not commence until November 4 as the site at a former navy facility in Votanikos was occupied by protesters from the far-right, which vehemently objects to the presence of a working mosque in the predominantly Christian Orthodox country. The project has also met with resistance from the Church of Greece. The site measures a total of 1.7 hectares, which is currently being transformed to accommodate a 1,000 square meter mosque that will have a prayer area for men with a capacity of 300 people and another for women with a capacity of 50. While it will have a spring as dictated by Islamic religious convention, it will not have a minaret and broadcast prayers. With the foundations now being laid, the consortium says it expects to deliver the site in end-April, thus ending a saga that exposed Greece to criticism for failing to comply with European directives concerning religious freedoms. Taken from Kathimerini - ekathimerini.com, Jan 12, 2017
  15. I'd ask those people who need a visa to travel to Canada or the US or any European country to find out why it's a big deal to travel without a passport. Even Canadians made a big deal out of this a few years ago when they had to start using passports to visit the US, remember? Also, it's not just about the passport, it's about doing business, working etc. anywhere in Europe without the need of any "special" documents. One market. This is the big deal for EU. And this is one of the issues that the UK will have to deal with when they're officially out of the EU. They'll have to strike individual agreements (with each EU country in some cases) for every little thing. More than all this though it's the sense of belonging to a "united" Europe. This has been the dream of many Europeans for generations. Granted that EU has many faults the way it operates, it still created this sense of a "united" Europe.
  16. Traveling to and from European countries with or without a passport will be the least of the problems Brits will be facing in the next few years. But then, that's just my opinion (and the opinion of several analysts too...). Other people (and other analysts...) believe that nothing will change, and yet other ones believe that things will be better for the Brits outside the EU. Time will tell who's right.
  17. You're pro-Brexit? Really??? Why? I'm sure you won't enjoy needing a passport to visit Greece in the next few years
  18. Γούρι (Gouri) in Greek means both good luck and good luck charm. Objects and practices that attract good luck are ancient customs that have existed through the ages — especially those that have to do with the New Year. The first form of lucky charms were talismans, with primitive representations of nature and replicas of those who wore them. Today pagan Christians use offerings, sanctified icons and gadgets in the hope that the Saints would protect them from misfortunes. Others, again, use their lucky charms, a tradition based on folklore. Some charms are believed to exorcise malaise and attract good luck. Especially during the festive days of Christmas and New Year. The predominant charms of the New Year are the pomegranate, the onion, and the coin of vasilopita that all are eager to win so that their year will begin with good luck. The Pomegranate: For thousands of years, the pomegranate has been considered by different peoples and cultures, a symbol of fertility, abundance and good luck. Ancient Greeks, before dwelling in a house, broke a pomegranate on the threshold, which is still customary in our days. To break a pomegranate is one of the most common New Year’s customs and means a good start. It is customary after the time change to the New Year and after the revelers exchange wishes, the luckiest family member breaks the pomegranate at the front door of the house so the new year is full of good luck. The Onion: The well-known to all Greeks custom of the big onion goes back to the days of antiquity as a symbol of regeneration and health. This perception is due to the great vitality of the onion bulb, which can be maintained and even sprout over a year without being in the soil. Nowadays in many areas of Greece, people hang a big onion outside the house on New Year’s Eve. The Vasilopita Coin: The vasilopita cake is the main Greek New Year’s custom and one of the few primitive customs that still exist. In ancient times, there was the festive bread, which in large rural celebrations the ancient Greeks offered to the gods. Such were the Kronia, the feast of Cronus, from which the word χρόνος (chronos, meaning year) derives. During the Kronia people made cakes and pies in which they put a coin inside. Whoever happened to get the piece with the coin would have good luck all year. The festive breads were round, like today’s vasilopita. Traditionally, the coin was silver or gold and had value, other than the luck it supposedly brought. Today the coin is mostly symbolic. (Taken from the GreekReporter website - written by Philip Chrysopoulos)
  19. Καλα Χριστουγεννα σε ολους και τις καλυτερες ευχες μας για ενα ευτυχισμενο 2017. Καλες γιορτες! Merry Christmas to all of our friends and our best wishes for a happy 2017. Happy holidays!
  20. Interesting. Coal vs pomegranate . At the end of the day, despite the difference, most cultures and people wish for the same things. A long and prosperous life.
  21. Honey is a classic remedy for everything in Greece. Also, when it comes to sore throat, coughing and any type of cold people drink hot (and spicy!) soups or chamomile and tea. Does this really work? It most likely doesn't hurt and it sure makes you feel a bit better in the short term.
  22. You have to remember though that people were not attached to the land thousands of years ago, before the agrarian societies. So in a way we're going back to where our ancestors were thousands of years ago. They were moving from place to place in search of new food sources. We're moving from place to place in search of work (which in turn will allow us to buy food and buy all those other things important for each one's lifestyle).
  23. admin

    Fidel Castro

    Not sure what's going to happen when Trump takes over. He had a lot of support from the Cuban expats in Florida who hate the Castro regime, so he won't be turning his back on them. I guess it will depend on what the Cuban's will do over the next couple of years. What kind of reforms they'll do, who will be the new president, whether they'll allow open elections in the near future etc.
  24. admin

    Fidel Castro

    Fidel has always been an interesting case. I do not doubt for a minute that he truly believed in his revolutionary cause until the day he died, which makes him a rare example of a revolutionary leader who - no matter how wrong he was in many things - he stayed true to his beliefs to the end. Who knows how things would have evolved for Cuba if the Americans had never blockaded them for all those years. They may had become a more open and democratic society than they are today. It's going to be interesting how things will evolve now that Fidel is gone and there doesn't seem to be a strong leader in Cuba behind him. Will they fall prey again to the American investments? Trump doesn't seem very eager to continue in Obama's footsteps and bridge the gap between the 2 countries. Raul Castro is pretty old too and he will most likely step down in the next few years. What's going to happen in Cuba next? Who knows...


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