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Sophia, I was rather intrigued after reading your piece on "A Greek about Greece" piece here. In looking on your profile you indicate that you are...Sophia, I was rather intrigued after reading your piece on "A Greek about Greece" piece here. In looking on your profile you indicate that you are from Hora, Greece - one of the Greek Islands.
About Greeks and working - all it takes is for someone to come along at olive harvest season to see how hard the local people work. No machines just ladders, tarps and sticks (and this is only one fruit). Politicians from all countries seem to have sticky fingers when it comes to spending other people's money - and that is not a reflection on the people who work hard and love their families and neighbors.
Your descriptions sent me to our dear "friend" google to try and find your village. I am not sure I did find it even though, google was quit sure they put me at the right place.
Is your village on the Island of Samos on the Eastern edges of Greece near Turkey?
If so then I read some wonderful reviews of you village - with a 10 out of 10 for Antonis Tavern just at the fork in the road.
The reviewer, a tourist passing through, mentioned many of the things you pointed out in your piece - the hospitality, the hardworking yet genteel and kind nature of those from the village, etc.
So if this is your village - you are blessed indeed, work hard to keep what you and your neighbors share together. Show more
So, yes, Greece has some financial problems now. Yes, our politicians have taken a huge amount of money and have no idea how to give them back. Yes, there were a lot of poor decisions and maybe there are yet to come of those.
But you now, we, the common people, are really not the ones to blame. And, although it may seem obvious and now you are thinking "Why is she writing about something everyone knows?", I feel that the negative attitude is in the end towards the Greek people.
Let me tell about Greece and Greeks. Here we live a simple life of small pleasures. We like the good homemade food, the nice wine, the sea, the coffee and the backgammon. Especially on the islands (on one of which I live), people are nice and calm. We work (we do!) with love and care. And don't really want a lot - just the opportunity to have a quiet life at our islands.
We are not the only ones that see this. A lot of people from all over the world visit us. And it is a pleasure and honor for us to welcome them and take care for them as our guests and hope that they would come back. My family also owns a guest house and I tell you - it is a great joy and reward for our work when people call us back and ask to spend here another "kalokeri" (summer)
The country has problems, I agree. I am also considered what would happen now to my family, to me. But I know that behind my back there will always be my island, no matter what the others decide about our destiny. I, most of all, hope that in future people will continue coming and share my little island with us.