Daily life on a greek island through the eyes of a local-alien, still 'foreign' even after 40 years residence. This 'foreigner' is a local-KIWI-alien so there is a New Zealand flavour to my writing. Photo above is the tranquil view from Pukehina Beach, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
Ancient ruins are literally everywhere in Greece. Every where you walk you are treading on the ruins of an older civilization, probably rom...
Wednesday, 12 August 2015
GREECE. THE GOOD AND THE BAD.
And another one’s down, another bill
passed in the house.The proverbial Fat
Lady (female with luxurious curves) is warming up.The Germans are rubbing their plump frankwurster
paws. The agreement is almost sealed.
“Germany has gained £71billion from its
tough stance on Greek debt crisis... and will still make a profit if Athens
never pays back a single cent” Thank
you www.dailymail.co.ukvia facebook
like we’re set for three years of endless taxes, thirty years of payback and
another 50 of recovery.
The road ahead is full of potholes although the
PM, as usual, came on TV with a big grin on his face telling us that the final
agreement is in sight and ‘we shall, we
shall overcome’.The same thing he has
been telling us since his election in January.
refuse to believe that Greece will implement
changes and insist we just want to exist on handouts.Finland is pushing for a grexit. Slovakia
will not pay ‘ one more cent of taxpayer money for greek debt’. The rebels in
the ruling party SYRIZAmay cause a
split and lead PM Tsipras to call for elections.Just what we want after the pointless
referendum.Let’s throw away a few more
million on an unnecessary election.
On the islands opposite the Turkish coast
those fleeing from their own war torn countries are floating in daily by the
hundreds.Riots broke out yesterday on
the island of Kos . ‘If this is Europe,
then I want to go back to Syria’ said one.Duuh.You’re a refugee in a
country that can hardly look after its own people.The islands are overwhelmed. 124,000 arrived
by boat in the first seven months of 2015.Papers cannot be finished fast enough to get them off the islands and
into Athens (where life will be better?)There is nowhere for them to stay, no toilets and no water supply.The refugees have been described as ‘ticking health bombs’
because of the threat of malaria, TB and hepatitis.They don’t want to stay in Greece and Europe doesn’t
The campsite set up by the refugees in a central Athens square is still there
although temporary housing is being set up for these people in
small container-like cabins with aircon
and a daily meal handout.Greek homeless
are complaining and rightly so saying that because of the economic crisis they
lost their jobs, lost their houses and now sleep on park benches.No aircondition or daily meals for them.
15 is the biggest holiday of the year,the
celebration of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.Athens empties and the islands and villages
prepare for a week of church services, village fetes, outdoor markets selling
everything from donkeys to icons and always feasting, drinking , music and
has bounced back.Greeks have dug deep
and departed from the big cities in
droves.Poros is full.It has traffic jams, the harbour road is
closed every evening, open only for pedestrians. The mayor, who still has to
make any noticeable improvements for the locals is putting all his money into
concerts and exhibitons. We have this
month the Celebration of the Lemon Tree, the International Piano Festival,
usually in amongst the ruins of the temple of Poseidon on the hill opposite our
house, and something else called the
Room of Music, which is probably greek or foreign music played on the steps of
the old harbour front building and does enchant all those who are out to promenade
on a warm summer evening.
I diet. I write. I create. I observe and record my life, after 40 years, in Greece. I love to create either with my handy craft, cooking or writing. Freeform always. Keep it simple, keep the interest, make it useful. I write about my garden sometimes, my grandchildren and the different culture and traditions. My New Zealand up bringing was so different from this way of life that I do truly feel like an alien at times. Greece is home but so is my kiwi 'homeland'. I am a citizen of both and an alien in both.