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Culture Shock

Dating in Greece: The Etiquette of the First Rendezvous

Dating in Greece can be a challenge for singles of any cultural background in the era of "political correctness".

Former Banker Leaves US to Reconnect with Parents’ Homeland in Greece

Peter Manuselis was once in many ways a typical Greek-American -- but growing up in North Canton, Ohio with his immigrant parents, he simply could not identify with their original culture or language -- even actively avoiding their foreign...

Air-conditioning

My first job in the U.S. was an office job. There had been a few reasons for me wanting to quit that job, yet a pretty unlikely reason really pulled the plug: The air-conditioning system. The damned thing was...

Bad Economy

The economy in Greece is bad just the way it was in the US a few months back and a fuss needed to be made about it. Yet, when the big crisis hits, people handle it differently. Greek people don't...

Retail subculture

Greek or American fashionistas share equal amounts of obsessive compulsive behavior when it comes to clothes. Fashion and its ability/promise to glamorize our simple existence is at its best this time of the year (see pre-Christmas & meta-Thanksgiving). Some things...

Culture Shock: Where is a person’s home?

Home is a key word in the whole "culture shock" pavillion. Where is a person's home? What defines it? Level of comfort? Professional/financial opportunities? Quality of life? Living amongst the people who mean the most to us? Considering the phrase...

Culture Shock regardless

There must be a certain amount of time that dooms you. A certain amount of time that once you go over it, that's that, you're done, you're toast, you are never to feel 100% comfortable in any country ever...

Summer

Summer in Greek means a whole lot more than it does in English. Naturally, everybody has the ability to take time off and enjoy one's vacations, however, it's hard for me to think of another group of any sort...

Easter depression

I always got unrepairably depressed at Easter. And the thing about Greek Easter is that it lasts forever. Greek Easter is not just a day and it is not nearly the fun egg hunting activity that cumulates Easter here in the...

Grandparents in action

It seems to me, Anglo-Saxons have a great deal less trouble when it comes to the generation gap issue. I cannot picture my grandmother marrying an 80-year-old gentleman she met online five years after my grandfather passed away. (Hell, she...